Dattatreya briefs media
Shri Bandaru Dattatreya,the Union
Minister of State(IC) Labour and Employment met media persons after the
BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting that concluded here today.
Briefing the media ,the Minister said that India organized the BRICS Labour &
Employment Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi under the Indian Presidency. Over
the course of two days fruitful discussions were held on areas of common labour and employment
issues. The BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration has been adopted at the end of these discussions.
by the presence of International Organisations in this meeting of BRICS Labour
is also extremely happy that as a presidency
initiative and in the best tradition of tripartism and social dialogue ,India could associate BRICS national social
partners to this forum. In a
very constructive special session issues of employment generation, sustainable
development, social security and decent work which are relevant for India were raised. The Social partners, both from
Employers’ side as well as the workers’ side actively participated and made
constructive interventions. The Lead Organisations from the Employers’ and
employees’ side , i.e. Council of Indian Employers and Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh coordinated with their counterparts from BRICS
Nations, had discussions on 26th November to formulate their views.
important points made by the Minister include-
-BRICS comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South
Africa are five major emerging economies comprising 43% of the world
population, 37% of the world GDP and 17% of the world trade. BRICS began their
association primarily with discussions on economic
issues of mutual interest. Overtime, the areas of cooperation have widened to
include topical global issues.
-The First BRICS Labour &
Employment Ministers’ meeting held in Ufa, Russia recognized that Employment
Pillar is essential and thus laid the foundation of BRICS Employment Working
-For India, BRICS is about practical cooperation. Indian Presidency
is working with a five pronged approach for
cooperation. Its about Institutionalising cooperation; implementing and
integrating our previous decisions and commitments while innovating new areas
of cooperation and finally ensuring the continuity of these initiatives.
Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting took place in New Delhi on 27-28,
September, 2016. Delegates from all the BRICS nations participated in this
meeting and discussed diverse issues which are being collectively faced by
these nations in their national circumstances. The
deliberations included “Employment Generation”, “Social Security”, and
“Inclusive Development including Formalization”. BRICS Ministerial Declaration
was adopted by the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers.
-The BRICS Ministerial Declaration is action oriented statement. Strong interventions and
actions have been proposed in the areas concerning employment generation,
social security and formalization of labour markets leading to inclusive and
-Member countries agreed to pursue bi-lateral social security
agreements amongst the BRICS member states. They also acknowledged the need to develop a
network of lead labour research and training institutions in BRICS member
states for undertaking joint research and training
activities, capacity building of various stakeholders and exchange of
information in areas of expertise.
-Thought provoking Interventions were
made by the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers where they talked about the
best practices in their countries, reforms undertaken
to promote employment generation and the challenges faced. International organisations, ILO and ISSA appreciated the
policy initiatives of BRICS member states and also suggested ways to overcome
the hurdles faced by the BRICS countries. The
discussion took place in an atmosphere of openness and countries showed a
keenness to discuss their concerns and challenges. India’s initiatives and transformative
decisions particularly the recent amendment to child labour act for putting complete ban on employment of children below 14
years of age, the enhanced paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, revision of
minimum wages, and broad initiatives at employment generation were
acknowledged by BRICS nations as well as ILO.
-The forum acknowledged the centrality of employment generation to the overall
policy objective of sustainable development. A broad consensus was reached on
“encouaging social security agreements” and “networking of labour institutions
of BRICS member states” and these have been included
in the BRICS Labour and Ministerial Declaration. Now the Labour and Employment
Ministers' Declaration and conclusions and agreements will be placed for consideration
by leaders of member nations and find appropriate mention in the
BRICS Leaders Declaration which would be adopted in Goa in October 2016 and
will pave way to strengthen the cooperation and collaboration along these
BRICS Ministers also visited Rajghat and paid homage to the Father of the Nation.