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ilo thumb medium90 81Solidarity reported on Wednesday SA’s racial policy was now officially on trial by the United Nations’ (UN’s) labour agency, namely the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

This after the ILO’s governing body declared at its 344th session held in March this year that Solidarity’s complaint regarding the SA government’s racial policy was admissible. “This means that, at face value, Solidarity’s complaint has merit, complies with all the ILO’s technical requirements and that we have exhausted all remedies in South Africa. The matter is now going into a trial phase,” the trade union indicated in a statement on Wednesday. In Solidarity’s complaint it is contended that the South African government contravenes ILO Convention No 111 dealing with racial discrimination. According to Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann, the ILO’s finding is a major breakthrough and could change the face of racial quotas for ever. “This is the first time since 1994 that not only a complaint has been filed against the government, but it has entered the trial phase,” Hermann noted. The ILO has apparently written to the SA government indicating that, in terms of the ILO’s rules, a process of voluntary conciliation could be followed between the government and Solidarity. Solidarity has meanwhile indicated that it would participate in such a process. If the government is not interested in conciliation it must provide comment on the Solidarity complaint before 30 May this year. It will then be assessed by the ILO.

  • Read full original of Solidarity’s press statement in the above regard at Politicsweb
  • Lees ook, SA rassebeleid deur VN verhoor, by Maroela Media

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