Government unable to register in ILO
It looks highly unlikely that the government will be able to register in International Labor Organization ( ILO) during its current term, as discussion with various stakeholders is still underway.
The government is in the process of conducting various meetings with stakeholder and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss about ILO.
The Labour and Hu- man Resources Minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said on ongoing session of parliament when Panbang’s Member of Parliament ( MP), Dorji Wangdi asked whether the government will be able to register in ILO within its term. MP also asked on the status of accession works at present.
Dorji Wangdi said, “In the view of its potential benefits, a lot of ground works have been done in the 10th plan for Bhutan to access the membership of ( ILO), however, it appears that nothing has been done since then.”
He said that, thousands of Bhutanese are moving to abroad for better employment opportunities. So “If government could register in ILO, there will be an idea on creation of employment opportunities since it is one of the international organizations.” Adding, “It will be secure to Bhutanese working in abroad.”
Labour minister said that the government has to look into the longterm benefits of ILO. The labour ministry has started to study the ‘ national interest analyses’ according to the order of foreign ministry. The government has to look into the socio- economic development, political, responsibility, benefits and the budget while register to ILO. Bhutan has to pay 0.001 percent of annual budget, which comes to about US$ 9,933.9 if registered to ILO.
The labour ministry is in the process of discussion with various stakeholders including industries and constructions. There are 478 large industries, 671 medium, 15,193 cottages and 4,121 construction sectors in Bhutan.
The ministry has adequate budget to provide skill development and training program to civil servant and jobseekers even if government fails to register in ILO, according to the minister.