For the first time in its history, the 109th International Labour Conference (ILC) is being held virtually due to restrictions and changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The items of the ILC agenda this year have been divided into two parts. The items on the 3-19 June segment include a special outcome document on the ILO response to COVID-19 and a recurrent discussion on social protection. After the meetings in June, the ILC will resume its work in November.
Globalrec, alongside WIEGO and its Network Partners, has been working since the onset of the pandemic, across sectors and with a range of people and organizations, to organize affiliates at national and regional levels to call on governments to accelerate investments in worker protections as a central component of economic recovery plans.
During the ILC two-week sessions, a delegation of workers representing the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), HomeNet International, SEWA, StreetNet International, and WIEGO will participate during the virtual meetings to bring the voices and experiences of the most marginalized workers.
The representant of the waste sector was Jacquelina Flores, a waste picker and general secretary of the Argentinian Federation of Waste Pickers y Recicladores (FACCyR).
“We aspire to make corporations pay for the work we do for free today, through a policy of extended producer responsibility that can translate into better working conditions, wages, and social protection.”
You can listen to Jacquelina’s speech below.