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1 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org The ILO Recommendation Concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work: A Human Rights Document for the Workplace IAS Conference 2012 Promoting Best Practice AIDS Strategies and Programmes in the Workplace Eric Stener Carlson, HIV and AIDS Specialist - ILO

2 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Human Rights Violations in the Workplace Related to HIV and AIDS Stigma & discrimination, real or perceived HIV status

3 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org “If you take away our jobs, you kill us faster than the virus.” Naveen Kumar, India. Source: documents/publication/wcms_ pdf

4 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org ILO Recommendation 200 aims to revert this negative situation

5 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Ground-breaking labour instrument to address HIV in the world of work 08 June 2010

6 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org June 2010: Recommendation #200 is adopted GENEVA (ILO News) – Governments, employers and workers meeting at the annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) today adopted a new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS - the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the issue in the world of work.... The standard is the first internationally sanctioned legal instrument aimed at strengthening the contribution of the world of work to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and contains provisions on potentially life-saving prevention programmes and anti-discrimination measures at national and workplace levels. SOURCE: news/WCMS_141928/lang--en/index.htm

7 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org During the International Labour Conference, Mr. Juan Somavia, the Director-General of the ILO stated that the “development of this new international standard would take the work of the ILO and its partners to ‘the next stage’ and would elevate the commitment at national and international levels.” Source: International Labour Conference, Provisional Record, 99 th Session, Geneva, 2010, paragraph 82, page 13/16. The ILO Recommendation #200: Taking our efforts to the next stage

8 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200) R.#200 outlines protections for all workers Broad scope of coverage: All workers + families + dependants, including:  Persons in any employment, occupation or economic sector;  Persons in training (interns, apprentices and volunteers);  Job applicants, job seekers, laid-off or suspended workers;  Workers in the informal economy;  Armed forces and uniformed services;

9 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200) R#200 outlines protections for key groups: Children & young persons Workers in occupations particularly exposed to risk of HIV transmission Migrant workers Workers belonging to groups more vulnerable to HIV infection Workers discriminated against based on their sexual orientation

10 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org III 3 a): there should be no discrimination against or stigmatization of workers, in particular jobseekers and job applicants, on the grounds of real or perceived HIV status or the fact that they belong to regions of the world or segments of the population perceived to be at greater risk of or more vulnerable to HIV infection; R.#200 highlights:

11 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org 14. Measures should be taken in or through the workplace to reduce the transmission of HIV and alleviate its impact by... e) promoting the involvement and empowerment of all workers regardless of their sexual orientation and whether or not they belong to a vulnerable group; R.#200 highlights:

12 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Practical Application of Recommendation #200 in Africa National HIV Workplace Policies and Codes in: South Africa; Zimbabwe; Zambia;

13 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Joint business and labour coalitions in: Lesotho; Namibia; Zimbabwe; Practical Application of Recommendation #200 in Africa

14 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org The draft of a regional (Southern African Development Community) Code of Practice on HIV and AIDS and Employment has been reviewed recently in terms of Recommendation 200. Practical Application of Recommendation #200 in Africa

15 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Inspired by Recommendation #200: “Guidelines Recommended in Response to HIV and AIDS in the Workplace: Enterprises from the Ground Transport Sector in Chile” (2011) An Innovative HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy: The Case of Chile

16 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Provision and the Transport Sector gather to draft the first HIV sectoral policy in Chile

17 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Developing the Chilean Guidelines: Active Involvement of the Trans Community

18 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org Developing the Chilean Guidelines: Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives

19 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200)  Collaborate with employers, workers and people living with HIV to integrate workplace policies into national strategies;  Take account of National laws and regulations and involve labour administration and judicial authorities;  Train labour inspectors and other to monitor policy implementation and compliance;. Implementing R#200: Actions Governments Can Take

20 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200)  Develop workplace policies and programmes;  Facilitate access to treatment care and support;  Establish supply chains and set up public-private partnerships (PPP) to expand HIV programmes;  Promote HIV education and training at all levels;  Monitor programme responses; Implementing R#200: Actions Employers Can Take

21 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200)  Collaborate with governments and employers to develop national, sectoral and enterprise level workplace policies and programmes;  Promote awareness of HIV and AIDS among their affiliates;  Participate in HIV workplace committees response monitoring; Implementing R#200: Actions Workers’ Organizations Can Take

22 Washington D.C., USA, July 2012www.aids2012.org “The experience of being seropositive makes me feel, without a shadow of a doubt, that work has been the fuel that I have needed in order to have, and to continue having, a new lease on life.” Eurian da Nóbrega Leite, Brazil. Source: Positive Workers Write! (ILO, 2011) [Narratives, poetry and short stories, inspired by the ILO’s Recommendation #200.]


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