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Malawi Urged to Ratify ILO C190 to Achieve Decent Work

The Plantations and Workers Union (PAWU) has urged the Malawi Government to seriously consider ratifying the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s C190 in order to address violence and harassment at the workplace.

In the tea sector, progress has been made in sensitising workers on matters violence, child labour among other. Wilfred Nkhoma prides in the continued collaboration with the Tea Industry to undertake negotiation and jointly agree to a Common Bargaining Agreement.

PAWU, noting that challenges still exist, are calling for the ratification of ILO C190 and recommendation (No. 206), which provide a universal framework for preventing, remedying and eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence and harassment.

Speaking in an interview on this year’s World Day for Decent Work, TrustAfrica’s Regional Coordinator, Beatrice Makwenda, commended the Government of Malawi for demonstrating commitment towards creating safer workplaces as evidenced by the various initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Labour over the years.

Makwenda cited the conducting of occupational safety and health inspections, promoting decent work conditions and implementing social protection measures as some of the measures the government has undertaken to address violence.

She, however, said that it is imperative for Malawi to ratify the convention, stressing that it will help the government as well as industries to achieve a workplace environment that is free from violence and harassment and have a ratified framework of reference