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Cooperation between Russia and International Labor Organization may be extended in June

January 25, 10:10 UTC+3 UFA
The first meeting of labor ministers of BRICS member countries has kicked off in Russia’s city of Ufa on Monday
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UFA, January 25. /TASS/. The cooperation program between Russia and International Labor Organization (ILO) for 2013-2016 may be extended in June, according to an agreement reached between Russia’s Labor Minister Maxim Topilin and ILO Director General Guy Ryder on Monday.

"We are ready to start developing the draft program for the next period in the nearest future. We need to find new topics for research and events," Topilin said at the first meeting of BRICS countries’ labor ministers in Ufa.

"The program may by adopted at the 105th session of International Labor Conference in Geneva in June," the press service of the labor ministers’ meeting said.

Topilin noted that the program may include such issues as legalization of labor relations, labor protection, youth unemployment, employment of disabled persons, strengthening of social partnership.

On 11 December 2012 the cooperation program between Russia and ILO for 2013-2016 was signed at the Conference on Dignified Labor in Moscow. The program outlines measures to increase effectiveness of implementing main principles and rights in the sphere of labor, to develop employment and labor markets, to improve the system of social protection for people.

Russia has ratified 11 ILO conventions since 2010

Russia has ratified 11 conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) since 2010, and several more are being considered, Russia’s Labor Minister Maxim Topilin said on Monday at the meeting with ILO Director General Guy Ryder.

"It is very important for Russia to observe the norms of International Labor Organization’s conventions. We also continue to actively ratify conventions. Over the last years, since 2010, 11 conventions were ratified," Topilin said.

The draft law on ratifying the Convention on Minimum Standards of Social Security of 1952 was "coordinated with all relevant ministries" and submitted to the government for consideration, he added.

Among other issues on the agenda are considering ratification of Recommendation concerning Prevention and Control of Occupational Hazards caused by Carcinogenic Substances and Agents of 1972 and Part-Time Work Convention of 1994.

ILO Director General Guy Ryder said Russia is one of the leaders in terms of ratifying conventions.

The first meeting of labor ministers of BRICS member countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) has kicked off in Russia’s city of Ufa on Monday. The meeting will result adopting the declaration on measures to formalize the labor market, boost employment and as a result increase people’s income, to alleviate social tensions and strengthen economic growth.

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