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Friday 23 June 1995 ILO/95/20


International Labour Office, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland.

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GENEVA (ILO News) - The ILO Governing Body today commenced the process of expenditure reductions intended to safeguard the financial situation of the Organisation and offset an expected shortfall in member States’ contributions in 1995 and during the 1996-97 biennium.

The initial steps included a decision to postpone a Maritime Session of the International Labour Conference, which was to be held in January 1996. A decision on a new date for the Maritime Session will be made by the Governing Body at its November 1995

session. Also postponed are 5 technical and sectoral meetings" originally scheduled for 1995.

The Governing Body also agreed to set up a Working Party to advise on programme adjustments in order to permit the finalization of a set of proposals for expenditure adjustments. The Working Body, which will be made up of 8 government, 4 employer, 4 worker representatives and the officers of the

Governing Body, will submit its recommendations to the Programme, Financial and Administrative Committee of the Governing Body at its meeting in November 1995.

In addition, the Director-General of the ILO will immediately implement certain internal measures to realize economies. These will include reductions in personnel costs by reducing short-term and temporary assistance, encouraging early

retirement, leave without pay and part-time work. Steps will also be taken to achieve savings by reducing the volume of ILO publications in the coming months.

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The cost-cutting effort grows out of the discussion in the International Labour Conference which indicated a significant degree of uncertainty surrounding the contributions likely to be paid by some member states this year and in the next biennium. In his speech to the Conference on 22 June, ILO Director-General, Michel Hansenne announced his intention to “to take the necessary measures to identify savings of US$ 34 million.”

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Freedom of Association

The Governing Body examined 28 cases of alleged violation of ILO Standards on freedom of association.

In six separate cases involving Guatemala the Governing Body deeply regretted "many violent deaths of trade union officials and trade unionists as well as the abductions, arbitrary arrests and death threats" which had occurred since 1990. It expressed deep concern on the situation of impunity - in only one case of assassination did the authors appear to have been

identified - and insisted on the "absolute need for judicial inquiries to be opened on all cases pending." The Government was urged to guarantee the safety of trade unionists under threat of death, to trace workers who had disappeared, to reinstate workers dismissed because of their trade-union activities and to fulfil all the commitments made to an ILO direct-contacts

mission sent to Guatemala last February.

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The Governing Body unanimously elected Mr. Yvon Chotard (France) to serve as Chairman of its 1995-96 session. He also served as Chairman in 1991-92. Mr. William Brett (United Kingdom) was elected as worker Vice Chairman and Mr. Jean-Jacques Oechslin (France) was re-elected as employer Vice Chairman.

i) Tripartite Meeting on Social and Labour Issues concerning Migrant Workers in the Construction Industry

ii) Meeting of Experts on Workers’ Privacy

iii) Standing Technical Committee for Educational Personnel

iv) Meeting of Experts on Labour Statistics on the Measurement of Underemployment;

v) Tripartite Meeting on Social and Labour Problems caused by Structural Adjustment in the Port Industry