The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the only tripartite U.N. agency with government, employer, and worker representatives. This tripartite structure makes ILO a unique forum in which the governments and the social partners of the economy of its 185 Member States can freely and openly debate and elaborate labour standards and policies.
Renanaben Jhabvala and Manaliben Shah represented SEWA at this meeting and participated as advisors as well. This tripartite meeting witnessed participation of 12 workers, 12 employers and 24 government representatives. Some of the issues, among others, discussed at the meeting included the distinctions between and needs of own account workers and entrepreneurs and the reluctance of employers to include informal workers in the formal economy in the scope of the discussion, the appropriate definition of informal worker and approaches to formalization. For SEWA’s full account of the meeting, please see its newsletter.