World leaders to discuss forced child labour at ILO parley
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Geneva
today to attend the 96th International Labour Conference of the
International Labour Organization (ILO).
The delegation comprises Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga,
Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and
Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona, sources said.
Labour and Manpower Minister Athauda Seneviratna who left for Geneva
a few days ago, will join the delegation.
The 3,000 plus participants at the Conference will comprise heads of
state and both worker and employer representatives.
The issues to be taken up will include forced labour and child labour.
It will also discuss employment in the fishing sector, equality at
workplaces and the promotion of sustainable enterprises.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will make his presentation on June 15,
ILO sources said.
The conference will also address the latest report of the ILO on the
situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories.
The conference will consider new ILO instruments on work in the
fishing industry to adopt a Convention.
The instruments aim to ensure decent working conditions for all
fisherfolk, particularly on board vessels and adequate social
Six heads of state and government and two crown princes will attend