A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
July 2021

Towards de First OAS Labor Ministerial to be held remotely 

The XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS, which will take place from September 22 to 24, 2021 under the Presidency of Argentina, will be the first in history to be held virtually, due to the sanitary conditions in the region, as well as the budgetary and travel restrictions still in force. The decision will be made official through the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the OAS.

The Technical Secretariat thanks all Ministries of Labor for their continued commitment, support, and participation in the IACML process, which allow us to predict excellent results in this new stage in the history of the OAS Labor Ministerial. To facilitate access to all relevant information, the XXI IACML site has been enabled where all relevant updates will be shared.


The Virtual Forum of the IACML closes successfully with great participation

On June 30, the Virtual Forum of the XXI IACML closed. Remarkably, delegations from 18 Ministries of Labor, COSATE and CEATAL presented their comments on the Draft Declaration and Plan of Action to be adopted at the Ministerial Meeting in September. The comments received will be taken into consideration for the preparation of the new versions of these documents, to be negotiated at the Preparatory Meeting that will take place virtually from July 28 to 30. Thanks to all the Ministries, COSATE and CEATAL for their comments!
All comments are available on the RIAL / OAS Forum.

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ILO Convention 190 enters into force, calls for global action for its ratification

On June 25, ILO Convention 190 came into force, which recognizes violence and harassment at work as a violation of human rights and an impediment to decent work, while establishing a regulatory framework to prevent and punish these behaviors. Parallelly,  a global campaign for the ratification of this treaty began, given that so far only 6 countries -3 from Latin America- have ratified it: Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Namibia, Fiji, and Somalia.
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Increased proportion of migrant workers in the region 

The proportion of migrant workers in Latin America and the Caribbean, with respect to the total number of workers, grew from 1.4% in 2017 to 1.9% in 2019, according to the most recent ILO report on Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers. It is estimated that there are currently 5.9 million migrants who have a job in a country in the region. However, most of them face serious difficulties to enter the labor market, which is why a call is made to implement policies and adapt programs to facilitate migrants’ access to work and protect their human and labor rights. Regular, safe, and orderly labor migration has been a priority issue for the Ministries of Labor in the region through the IACML. 
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(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)

Canada: A recovery plan for jobs, growth and resilience is launched  
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Colombia:  Support to employers who hire young adults between 18-28 is announced
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Guatemala: New actions against child labor announced 
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Paraguay: Technology courses on 4.0 industry launched by SNPP
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Suriname: Virtual launch of the Trust Fund Project "Micro-Entrepreneurship for people with disabilities" 
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Uruguay: Maternity leave extended for medical workers 
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Click here to consult the complete Portfolio of responses from Ministries of Labor to COVID-19

Click here to consult Guidelines and Protocols for Reopening and Return to Work 
OAS: Preparatory Meeting of the XXI IACML 
July 28- 30, 2021 

ILO: 109th Session of the International Labour Conference 
June 7th-18th, 2021
More information 
ILO: Next meetings and events 
More information 
OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
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ILO: Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers
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ECLAC-ILO: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Decent work for platform workers in Latin America
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ILO: World Economic and social Outlook - Trends 2021 
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ECLAC: The social protection of informal workers from the impacts of COVID- 19
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(In spanish)

ILO: The contribution of social dialogue to gender equality
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The economic autonomy of women in a sustainable recovery with equality
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ILO: Working from home, from invisibility to decent work 

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