Minister Attends Labour Conference In Geneva

June 4, 2018

The Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown is part of a Bermuda delegation currently attending the 107th session of the International Labour Conference [ILC] in Geneva, Switzerland.

The annual conference, taking place from May 28 to June 8 brings together the tripartite delegations from the organization’s 187 member states to consider a series of topics related to the world of work, placed on its agenda by the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization [ILO].

Minister Brown is joined by President of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress Senator Jason Hayward, President of the Bermuda Employer’s Council Keith Jensen, and Manager of the Labour Relations Section for the Government of Bermuda Gabrielle Cann.

International Labour Conference June 2018

The Conference is composed of various committees.

“The Bermuda attendees are members of the UK delegation and sit as advisors on the Standard Setting Committee, looking at the topic of violence and harassment in the world of work, which is a part of the ILC agenda. The ILO has embarked on a process geared towards the adoption of a possible new standard on violence and harassment in the world of work,” the Ministry said.

“The task of this committee is to negotiate a guiding framework on how to effectively prevent and address violence and harassment at work. The committee is being called upon to decide whether the new instrument or instruments should take the form of a Convention, which is binding, or a Recommendation, which is non-binding but provides practical guidance, or both.”

“Currently high on Bermuda’s agenda is the growing number of workplace sexual harassment incidents,” Minister Brown said. “As a result, I am seeking to amend the legislation to address these issues and provide for adequate sanctions, as the current labour legislation does not provide for the same.”

The Ministry added, “The public may recall that Minister Brown recently hosted international speaker Ms Minna Salami in Bermuda who conducted talks on sexual harassment within the workplace and sensitivity towards sexual orientation within the workplace.

“The Minister is also seeking to consolidate and codify the labour legislation into one statutory instrument to simplify Bermuda’s labour laws and to avoid conflicting provisions that currently exist with the various Acts.

“As such, the Minister has created a tripartite committee, which includes two of the Bermuda delegation members, to review current legislation, consult with social partners and provide recommendations on necessary reform.”

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  1. aceboy says:


    Why did he go to this?

    Why did I have to pay for this?

  2. Stevie says:

    Another wasted trip. All talk no action from the plp again.

    • Paul says:

      I was shocked at the disgusting remarks in the House of assembly on Friday , the so called honourable ministers in the P.L.P.were at a all time low !!!!!! you all should be ashamed of your behaviour…..
      one minister had the nerve to say that the newly appointed police commissioner was appointed in the darkness of night !! what the hell does that mean ? I remember a certain individual and the premier at the time allowing certain individuals arriving here in the cover of darkness…. and guess what they are still here.

  3. Cabbage Head says:

    Switzerland what a cushy trip for what. I really want to see the TRUE un edited costs for this that you and I are paying for, like flights seats hotels real transport rates and dinners et al.

  4. Cabbage Head says:

    hope they suggested the next conference be held here but then no free trips

  5. Helo says:

    I think they want to see how much they can spend in one year on free travel. It will be very interesting to see how they cover up most of the costs for this.