Women and Collective Bargaining

On International Women’s Day, the Centre participated in a special event, organized by the ILO Pakistan Office and the ILO Project on Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains, which brought together representatives of governments, employers, workers, academia, civil society and development agencies.

During his presentation on “Women and Collective Bargaining”, Mr Fernando Fonseca, ITCILO Senior Programme Officer, highlighted the four key ILO Conventions relating to gender equality: the Equal Remuneration Convention (No. 100), the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111), the Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention (No. 156) and the Maternity Protection Convention (No. 183).


The presentation set out the benefits for both employers and workers of establishing gender equality in the workplace. Among the benefits to employers, Mr Fonseca highlighted retention of talent, achieved by providing adequately paid maternity, paternity and parental leave; increased productivity on the part of women, by reducing discriminatory practices; reduced absenteeism,  by providing workplace solutions for childcare; and enhanced recruitment of women. The benefits to trade unions include, among other things, the achievement of gender equality, the elimination of discrimination, greater social justice, and a better work-life balance for female workers.


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