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Last Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Labour and Employment Working Group and Ministerial Meetings takes place in KZN
Subsequent to the success of the BRICS Labour and Employment Meeting held in May this year in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, the Department of Labour hosted the second and last BRICS meeting as chair from 30th July to 3 August 2018, at Fairmont Zimbali Hotel in Kwa-Dukuza, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Labour and Employment Working Group took place from Monday 30th July to Wednesday 1st August as a precursor to the Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, which ran from Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August. 

As part of MILE's  commitment​ to Knowledge Management and Technical Support, the Institute of Learning provided documentation and facilitation support for the Department of Labour during the BRICS Labour and Employment Working Group Meeting

International Technical partners such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Social Security Agency (ISSA) participated in the meeting. Delegates from BRICS member states comprised of government, employer organisations as well as worker organisations.

The theme for the meeting was “BRICS in Africa: Developing Countries for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the New Industrial Revolution.” 

The meeting aimed at discussing and concluding on the four thematic areas discussed in the first meeting. The thematic areas are:

  • Enhancing and improving youth employment;
  • Decent work and Economic Growth: women participation: Equal pay for work of equal value;
  • Deepening cooperation on social dialogue and tripartism; and
  • Previous commitments such as the change driven by technological, globalisation, demographics, social values and the changing of personal expectations of the workforce.

In her opening statement of the Ministerial Meeting, the Minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant mentioned the significance that the Summit of leaders took place against the backdrop of South Africa’s celebration of the centenary of the birth of South African national icon, Nelson Mandela.

“His values, principles and dedication to the humanity and his immense contribution to the struggle for democracy, and the promotion of the culture of peace throughout the world, resonate perfectly with the core values of the BRICS formation, said Oliphant. 

She also added that BRICS has proven that real partnership, is the only way to deal with the global challenges facing the world nations.

“Labour and Employment track, is closely linked with other BRICS work streams such as finance, education, global economic realities, trade as well as science, technology and innovation. We are very pleased that these issues have been incorporated in the Draft Declaration for the Fourth Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting,” said Oliphant. 

ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praised the commitment to social dialogue and tripartism made by BRICS nations during his address at the group’s Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting in South Africa.

“Certainly the South African Presidency is to be congratulated for giving prominence to social dialogue and tripartism – and the presence of the strong worker and employer representation which we have already heard shows that it is truly “walking the talk” on this, in BRICS and also in NEDLAC as we have heard, and I am very encouraged that BRICS considers tripartism as an integral part of its work. The inherent value of social dialogue, particularly at times of deep and accelerated change in work, and reflected the variety of ways in which it can be and is practised in our member States around the world," said Ryder. 

The meeting was concluded with the signing of the Declaration and Implementation Plan: Memorandum of Understanding by the ministers, paving the way for the next BRICS Meeting expected to take place in Brazil next year. 

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