The Road to the International Labour Conference
David Seligson, Head of the Manufacturing, Mining and Energy unit at the Sectoral Policies Department of the ILO gave a great "Small Talk" on Wednesday about some of the work behind the pending Report on Global Supply Chains, and shed some light on the process by which it will be address in the International Labour Conference (ILC) later this year. The talk looked at the process of knowledge exchange between the ILO and it's constituents including how the ILO listens to the constituents, builds up new knowledge as well as utilizes existing knowledge.
David made us think about Decent Work in Global Supply/Value Chains and made the link with the Rana Plaza tragedy in the RMG sector. He showed us something very interesting called "The smiling curve" regarding the value added along the Global Value Chains (GVC) and the changes from the 1970s. He explained to us how this particularly affects developing countries since there's more value at the early and late stages of the chain, and less value at the manufacturing middle stages, where production engages with developing countries. Lastly, he mentioned some of the issues that will be considered in the ILC, such as the implications of GSCs on job creation, skills development, distribution of employment, and working conditions, including wages, working time and occupational safety and health.
We were very happy to ask our questions to him and know more about the opportunities and challenges that come with GVCs and how they contribute and benefit from ILO's work. Wednesday's talk gave us a great overview of the different aspects to be discussed at the next ILC, and we hope that very positive consensus will be achieved over important topics such as how to prevent tragedies (such Rana Plaza) from happening again. We look forward to get our hand on that upcoming report. Thanks a lot David!
The road to the ILC (wearing intern boots)
Claire Potdevin, hard working intern of the unit, shared her experiences in the making of the report. We were delighted to listen to how our fellow intern contributed to it with her skills and dedication.
Intern's contribution is huge and we were really happy to listen to her talking about the interesting things she learned in the process and also about the difficulties she managed to overcome. She told us about the great number of contributors and input received in the making of the report and how balancing the different views can be quite a challenge sometimes. She reminded us as well that making sure that everything is in order and has a proper reference comes with the job and it can be quite a challenge in some cases!
Lastly, we'd like to briefly use this space to show our respect and appreciation to her for her hard work on this project and for sharing her experiences with us. Thanks a lot Clair, you made us proud this week!