Bhupendra Yadav chairs the 7th meeting of BRICS labor and employment ministers
India called on the BRICS Labor and Employment Ministers to exchange views, expand information sharing, discuss and agree on specific areas of cooperation among BRICS member countries on the impact of COVID-19 on the global labor market. organized the meeting. The meeting discussed four priority areas of cooperation among member states, including promotion of social security agreements between BRICS countries; Determining labor markets; women’s participation in the labor force; and the role of daily wagers and casual workers in the labor market.
An important aspect of the meeting was the adoption of the declarations of the BRICS Labor and Employment Ministers. The Ministerial Declaration acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected efforts to address unemployment, lack of decent work and inequality. It also reflects the strong determination of BRICS member countries to overcome this with strong national economies, inclusive labor markets and social security systems.
In his inaugural remarks, Yadav emphasized on fostering solidarity among BRICS members and promoting sustainable, inclusive, full and productive employment and respectable work for all. He advocated the integration, simplification of its labor laws by the Government of India in four labor laws namely “Wage Code Bill 2019”, “Social Security Code 2020”, “Industrial Relations Code Bill 2020” and “Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2020”. Particularly highlighted the pioneering reforms through classification.
At the same time, the BRICS Trade Union Forum (TUF), in a joint declaration in the name of this meeting, called on the BRICS countries to focus on the re-employment of workers affected by the epidemic and take immediate steps to strengthen the economies.
BRICS TUF said that the trade unions of the five countries are engaged in dealing with the challenges posed by the epidemic, in view of which information and ideas should be exchanged.
The organization said, “We emphasize that our BRICS countries have also been completely affected by the global crisis caused by the pandemic. The unemployment situation is getting worse and poverty is increasing exponentially. Promotion should be a priority. Industrial activities should be brought to normalcy.”
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