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Global Compact Labour Working Group Convenes Inaugural Meeting

(Geneva, 30 May 2008) – Today the inaugural meeting of the Global Compact Labour Working Group took place at the International Labour Organization (ILO) Headquarters in Geneva. Organized under the auspices of the Global Compact Board, the working group is co-chaired by Antonio Peñalosa, Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), and Guy Ryder, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

The meeting convened ILO experts on the four labour principles, as well as representatives of employers’ organizations and trade unions. The group discussed the ILO's ongoing work to promote the fundamental principles and rights at work and existing guidance materials used by companies to implement the labour principles. In addition to identifying priorities for the working group, attendees considered labour issues in global production systems.

For more information, please contact:

Ursula Wynhoven
UN Global Compact Office
wynhoven@un.org

Paola Pinoargote
International Labour Organization
pinoargote@ilo.org