27 Oct 2006

Vanuatu unions say the government is violating international labour laws

2:12 pm on 27 October 2006

The Vanuatu council of trade unions has handed over a petition to the government that highlights violation of the International Labour Organization's core conventions by the government.

The Daily Post reports that the petition was handed to the ministry of internal affairs following a workshop run by a representative at the ILO headquarters in Philippines, Hiro Ishibashi.

While Vanuatu has ratified the ILO core conventions, the petition says the government has failed to make employers, employees and even the courts aware of them.

The council has asked for the employment relations bill to be withheld pending further consultations so it conforms with the ILO conventions.