Brazil and the ILO discussed social justice and labor equity policies

ILO Director General Gilbert Houngbo and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed concern about inequalities around the world and their impact on workers

The initiative of the ILO Global Coalition for Social Justice was the focus of the meeting between the organization’s director general, Gilbert Houngbo, and the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which took place this week and whose objective is to elevate the political debate on social justice to address the challenges affecting the world of work.

“My ambition is that within five years, the debate on social justice will be like it is today on climate change, human rights and the end of discrimination. We need to integrate all dimensions of social justice into politics,” Houngbo said.

For his part, President Lula has stated that Brazil’s contribution at the international level must be based on authorized national policies to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty and promote employment.

In addition to meeting with Lula, Houngbo has spoken with the Minister of Labor and Employment of Brazil, Luiz Marinho, and with the Minister of Development and Social Assistance, Family and Fight against Hunger, Wellington Dias. His discussions have included topics such as working conditions, child labor and forced labor, decent work in the platform economy and South-South cooperation.

ILO highlights Brazil’s work on labor legislation

Precisely, the head of the ILO has recognized and thanked Brazil for promoting decent work through South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Since the Brazil-ILO program began in 2009, 35 countries in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean have benefited from Brazil’s cooperation.

Houngbo also spoke with representatives of the six main unions and the five main employer confederations in Brazil. Their discussions touched on social dialogue, labor legislation and informality, among others.

In addition, the ILO Director General met with the President of the Supreme Labor Court (TST) of Brazil, Lelio Bentes, to discuss Brazil’s efforts to eradicate forced and child labor and highlight the importance of social protection.

Houngbo’s visit to Brasilia coincided with the start of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the ILO’s presence in Brazil, one of the founding members of the ILO and the first Latin American country to host an ILO regional office.

Source: dpa

(Reference image source: ILO, Europa Press / dpa)

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