Posted On - 14/05/2012
May 12 - International Trade Union Confederation(ITUC) General Secretary, Sharan Burrow handed over the Nepal country report on 'Growing Green and Decent Jobs' to Rt. Hon'ble President Dr. Rambaran Yadav and the same to Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr.Babu Ram Bhattarai.
Handing over the Nepal country report to Prime Minister, General Secretary requested to generate eco- friendly employment opportunities by increasing investment in Energy, Construction, Water and Agricultural sectors of the country.
A Meet the Press programme has also been organised in Kathmandu. Making public the Nepal Country report in the programme, General Secretary expressed her commitment to work on the issue of climate change and decent work in order to create green job opportunities in Nepal. She said, "Trade unions focus on work which is the key factor for the economic growth, for this, labor rights should be ensured."
With emphasis on Employment, General Secretary said, "The employment opportunities should be created within the country. And for this, Nepal has to invest on Energy, Construction, Water and Agricultural sectors."
ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow also touched on the issue of Nepali workers in Qatar and informed that ITUC is working against exploitation of Migrant workers in GCC.
ITUC had conducted a global study and special case studies of twelve different countries including Nepal on Growing Green and Decent Jobs related to climate change.
The report includes, "The labour market in Nepal, as in many developing countries, is characterised by relatively low levels of open unemployment but massive under-employment. Informal economic activity, precarious work and very low wages are key features of the labour market. Violations of fundamental workers’ rights are widespread, including discrimination on the grounds of gender. Economic and social relations in Nepal continue to be governed by deeply entrenched ethnic, caste and gender-based hierarchies. Child labour continues to be a major social issue and national challenge.
The potential impact would be on employment of investing 2% of the GDP each year in green interventions in the four economic sectors Energy, Water, Construction and Agriculture. In addition, a series of policy interventions were identified for each sector in order to ensure that jobs created comply with decent work: opportunities for work that are productive, deliver fair incomes and security in the workplace, social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all, women and men."
Distinguished personalities of Trade Union Movement of Nepal including GEFONT President Cde.Bishnu Rimal, NTUCI President Laxman Basnet, Cde. Shalik Ram Jam kattel ANTUF, Cde. Umesh Upadhyaya Secretary General GEFONT were present in the programme.
Similarly, Cde.Binda Pandey,member of ILO GB, representatives of FNCCI and Media were presente in the programme.
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