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

Last days to submit comments to the XXI IACML documents in the Virtual Forum! 

The RIAL/OAS Virtual Forum is open until June 30 for the Ministries of Labor of the Americas, COSATE and CEATAL to submit comments to the Draft Declaration and Plan of Action of the XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML). These documents will be adopted at the XXI IACML, to be held from September 22 to 24, 2021.  They will be negotiated, considering all comments received through the Forum, at the Preparatory Meeting that will take place virtually from July 28 to 30.
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Ministers of Labor of the OAS call for an inclusive recovery in ILC/ILO

During the 109th International Labor Conference, held virtually from June 1 to June 17, 2021, the Ministers of Labor of the OAS Member States highlighted the actions taken in each of their countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and committed to work for an inclusive and equitable recovery with social dialogue. Among the main topics of their intervention were: attention to the most vulnerable groups, who have suffered the worst impacts of the crisis; protection of labor, health, and occupational safety rights for workers; reskilling and the importance of digital skills training; informality, and the importance of addressing all challenges with social dialogue.
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Planning begins for RIAL Bilateral Cooperation Virtual Activities

With meetings among the Ministries of Labor of Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Panama and Peru, the planning of RIAL bilateral cooperation activities began last week.  These activities were selected within the 14th Call for proposals and will take place virtually throughout the rest of the year. The Ministries met with their respective cooperation partners, the Technical Secretariat and, in the case of the cooperations on child labor, the ILO, in order to set dates, define contents and share expectations and opportunities. It is always enriching to see the spirit of cooperation of the RIAL/OAS materialized in the willingness of the Ministries to provide assistance and share experiences with their peers in the region. Success in the cooperation! 
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COSATE President participates in meeting of the OAS Summit of the Americas

As a participant in the panel "Economic Growth and Social Inclusion" of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) Meeting, held within the framework of the Summit of the Americas, the President of the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE), Marta Pujadas, highlighted the importance of promoting an institutionalized social dialogue as a key to the region's recovery from the pandemic. Representatives of the private sector and civil society also participated in the panel.  
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ECLAC-ILO publishes Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean on platform economy 

The recent publication by the ECLAC and the ILO “Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Decent work for platform workers in Latin America” warns that to reduce the high rate of unemployment during the pandemic, major efforts and labor policies will need to be directed to the most vulnerable groups such as young adults, and that, in this process, digital platforms can play a primary role
The publication reveals that the regional GDP contracted by -7.1%, the highest contraction in the century. Accordingly, the greatest impact on the economy was in the second quarter of 2020, when quarantine measures were set in place which resulted in a significant decline in employment activities. Authorities from ECLAC and ILO have emphasized the importance of digital platforms to stimulate job creation.
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(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)

Argentina: New vocational training courses
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Bolivia:  Virtual offices enabled
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Canada: Canadians invited to help shape Canada’s first Disability Inclusion Action Plan
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Colombia: Call to certify competencies of 4 thousand migrants 
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Costa Rica: Launch of a guide for responsible business conduct in the face of child labor
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United States: New labor, wage, and environmental regulations announced
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Guatemala: First job fair for returned migrants
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Mexico: Number of apprentices expanded in the youth employment program
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Paraguay: Digital literacy guide for adult women entrepreneurs
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Peru: Launch of the site "Employment and people with disabilities" for labor hiring
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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: Virtual Forum to discuss Declaration and Plan of Action of Buenos Aires 
May 3rd - June 30th. 
More information 
OAS: Preparatory Meeting of the XXI IACML 
July 28- 30, 2021 
More information 
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 
More information  
OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
More information  
OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
More information  

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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