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International Labour Organization (ILO) and Malawi Congress of Trade Unions partner for trade union action to accelerate the elimination of child labour

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International Labour Organization (ILO) and Malawi Congress of Trade Unions partner for trade union action to accelerate the elimination of child labour

This new association will also allow us, as MCTU, to better support the organization and unionization of workers in the informal sector, plantations and farms.

LILONGWE, Malawi, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / –

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) have established a new partnership to strengthen union action in the fight against child labor in Malawi, with a focus on tea and coffee supply chains. in the country of Chitipa. , Districts of Mulanje, Mzimba, Ntchisi and Thyolo.

The partnership, which is valued at almost MWK 170 million (equivalent to more than USD $ 200,000) was established within the framework of the ILO project ‘Accelerating Action to Eliminate Child Labor in Supply Chains in Africa’ (ACCEL Africa), funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“MCTU’s strategic vision is a society where workers enjoy their rights, have access to social justice and equality, and where working conditions help eradicate poverty and vulnerability. As MCTU, we look forward to leveraging this partnership to further enhance our ongoing efforts to build the capacity of our affiliated unions, especially those representing workers in the formal and informal sectors, as well as small farmer trusts, associations and cooperatives. , in the focused on tea and coffee producing communities to identify and address child labor and its root causes. We will do this through sensitization and awareness campaigns for workers, as well as supporting unions for effective social dialogue and collective bargaining with employers to reach and sign agreements that protect children from child labor and guarantee working conditions. decent for fathers and mothers. caregivers ”, said the Secretary General of MCTU, Mr. Madalitso Njolomole.

“This new association will also allow us, as MCTU, to better support the organization and unionization of farm, plantation and informal sector workers in the tea and coffee growing areas in unions. Additionally, the association will see MCTU expand our advocacy and lobbying work for stronger laws, policies and regulations related to child labor, such as the long-pending draft National Child Labor Policy, and for its implementation and enforcement. effective. At the same time, the association will see MCTU continue to call for Malawi’s ratification of important international labor standards, especially the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, which recognizes the right of all people to a world of work free from violence and bullying, including gender. based forms, ”emphasized Mr. Njolomole.

“As an ILO, we recognize that trade unions have unique and vital roles to play in the fight against child labor, including through campaigns for the ratification and effective implementation of international labor standards through strong laws and policies. Unions can also collectively bargain with employers on behalf of workers to improve working conditions for adult workers, reducing the incentive for families to resort to child labor. Unions can also contribute to ending child labor by influencing national socio-economic policies for decent work through effective engagement with the government and participating in international campaigns against child labor, such as Alliance 8.7, World Day Against Child Labor. and the International Year for the Fight against Child Labor. the elimination of child labor, ”said Mr. George Okutho, Director of the ILO Country Office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) brings together governments, employers and workers from 187 countries to set labor standards, develop policies and design programs that promote decent work for all women and men. Malawi has been a member of the ILO since 1965.

The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) is the national trade union federation of Malawi. Founded in 1995, MCTU has a paid membership of approximately 150,000 workers and has 26 union members. MCTU is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC). MCTU has contributed to the implementation of various ILO child labor projects for many years.

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