At the sideline of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare of the I.R. of Iran, Dr. Ali Rabiei, met with ILO Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryder.
First, Mr. Rabiei appreciated the hard work and efforts of Mr. Guy Ryder in view of the importance of ILO and the expectations of the workers and employers community from this organization. He added, “This year, the ILC program is focusing on the end of poverty initiative; therefore, the political causes of poverty must be underscored and taken into due consideration.”
Noting the regional circumstances, the activities by terrorist groups and intervention of trans-regional powers resulting in unemployment and displacement of large numbers of people in the region, Mr. Rabiei urged for further attention to the people’s sufferings and conditions in the region. He also detailed some of the welfare policies adopted by I.R. of Iran to eradicate a diverse range of poverty including in the field of healthcare, food supports, health insurance, school dropout and supportive housing.
Reminding the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in ILO as a Founding Member, Board Member, Chair of ASPAG and Chair of NAM groups, he urged ILO for further technical cooperation in conducting technical and vocational training and sharing global experiences in areas such as entrepreneurship and creating sustainable employment, particularly by SMEs.
The ILO Director-General expressed his satisfaction regarding the performance of the Government of the I.R. of Iran and its key role playing in settlement of domestic labour disputes, and asked for enhancement of such cooperation with the Iranian Government.
It is worth noting that in the latest annual report released by the ILO Committee of Experts on countries’ record concerning the application of the ratified conventions, no observation has been referred to about the Islamic Republic of Iran, an unprecedented move within the past 26 years.