109th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC)
ILO final Statement
Workers take fight for social protection to ILC
Les travailleuse·eur·s emmènent à la CIT leur combat pour la protection sociale
Las personas trabajadoras llevan la lucha por la protección social a la CIT
Building the future of social protection for a human-centred world of work
For the first time in its history, the 109th International Labour Conference (ILC) was held virtually due to restrictions and changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The items of the ILC agenda this year were divided in two parts. The items on the 3-19 June segment included a special outcome document on the ILO response to COVID-19 and a recurrent discussion on social protection. After the meetings in June, the ILC resumed its work in November.
WIEGO and its Network Partners worked since the onset of the pandemic, across sectors and with a range of people and organizations, to organize affiliates at national and regional levels to call on governments to accelerate investments in worker protections as a central component of economic recovery plans. Yet throughout the year, workers in the informal economy faced limited relief, ongoing exclusion, and continued violence and harassment in many contexts. In response to the gaps in national social protection systems, organizations of workers in the informal economy played a central role in providing relief. Some organizations were involved in social dialogue, implementation and last mile delivery of government social protection programs.
During the ILC two-week sessions, a delegation of workers representing the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), HomeNet International, SEWA, StreetNet International, and WIEGO participated during the virtual meetings to bring the voices and experiences of the most marginalized workers. Together with IDWF leaders representing national delegations from the Dominican Republic, Namibia, Nicaragua, Philippines and South Africa, the workers representing the informal economy shared with ILO participants the need for recognition and national protection systems based on solidarity in financing and mutual support.
Global Network Position Paper
The COVID-19 pandemic underscores, now more than ever, that social justice and economic recovery cannot be achieved until every worker has decent working conditions and the contributions they make to society are understood and recognized. Workers in the informal economy are on the frontlines as domestic workers providing care, home-based workers manufacturing personal protective equipment, street vendors and market traders selling food and basic necessities, and waste pickers keeping cities clean.
Notable events where WIEGO Partners were present
Carmen Britez, Vice president of the International Domestic Workers Federation and Representative of the Unión Personal Auxiliar de Casas Particulares (UPACP) of Argentina addresses ILO Plenary during the 109th International Labour Conference
Lorraine Sibanda, President of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) and StreetNet International, addresses the 109th International Labour Conference Plenary on June 14
Suntaree Saeng-Ging, International Coordinator of HomeNet South East Asia, and representative of HomeNet International and WIEGO, addresses the 109th International Labour Conference Plenary on June 16
The Nordic Folk School
Discussion with the Network representatives on COVID-19 and its impact on women workers in the informal economy and how to ensure a recovery that takes into account the need to transition from the informal to the formal economy.
Global Network Representatives:
- Shrenik Mutha, Representative, Global Alliance of Waste Pickers
- Vicky Kanyoka, IDWF African Coordinator
- Edileuza Guimarães, Representative HomeNet International and COTRADO ALAC
- Jeannette Nyiramasengesho, SNI Council Member and SYTRIECI
IDWF Celebrates International Domestic Workers Day
- 13 June, 3:00–5:00 PM Geneva
10 Years of Resilience: A Celebration of the Domestic Workers Convention
- 15 June, 3:00–4:00 PM Geneva
In this webinar, leaders representing the informal economy shared experiences and reflections with ILO officials on the need to increase recognition and national protection systems based on solidarity in financing and mutual support.
International Domestic Workers Day, 16 June
10 Years Since Winning Convention 189: Domestic Workers Become an Unstoppable Movement, by Georgia Montague-Nelson and Celia Mather
Interventions of our delegates
Annie Diouf, StreetNet International representative addresses the ILC Recurrent Discussion on Social Security Committee, 4 June.
Jacquelina Flores, FACCyR UTEP representative addresses the ILC Recurrent Discussion on Social Security Committee, 4 June.
- Agenda of the 109th Session of the International Labour Conference
- ILO Report Building the future of Social Protection for a human-centered world of work
- Reports submitted to the conference
- Committees and Working Groups
- ILC Live
Additional resources on social protection by informal workers networks and WIEGO
Global Alliance of Waste Pickers
- WIEGO Cuidar Project Examines Health Risks Faced by Waste Pickers
- The Occupational Health of Waste Pickers in Pune: KKPKP and SWaCH Members Push for Health Rights
- Home-based Workers Unite on International Workers’ Day
- WIEGO, AFWA, HNSA and HNSEA Demand a COVID-19 Supply-Chain Relief Contribution from Brands for All Garment Workers
- HomeNet South Asia Platform of Demands to the European Union on Homeworkers in Supply chains
- HomeNet South Asia, Impact of COVID-19 on women home-based workers in South Asia
- HomeNet South East Asia leads a regional campaign on Universal Health Coverage: https://homenetsea.org/programs-projects-and-activities/3/
International Domestic Workers Federation
- IDWF Resolutions
- Against Incidental Survival: Social Protection for Domestic Workers is not Luxury, it is a Must
- No Recovery is Possible without us: Health and Safety at Work for Domestic Workers
- IDWF - WIEGO: Improving Social Protection Access for Domestic Workers in South Asia
- The impact of COVID-19 on domestic workers in Africa
- Strong and united facing up to the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on domestic workers in Latin America
SNI Resolution 32 on Extension of Social Protection Coverage to Informal Economy Workers
- StreetNet International: Organizing for Social Protection
- Informal Workers and the Social Protection Response to COVID-19: Who got relief? How? And did it make a difference?
- Extending Social Protection to Informal Workers
- Social Protection for Informal Workers
- Social Protection project on Workers’ Health
- Video of Informal workers access to Health Care
- Income Security for Older Workers
- WIEGO Child Care Initiative
Kendra Hughes (in Ottawa): +1 613 807-2724; Kendra.Hughes@wiego.org (English, Spanish, French)