ILO in tripartite hosting of HIV/AIDS workplace seminarThursday, December 2, 2010 – 11:55 am
Source: Guyana Chronicle
THE International Labour Organisation (ILO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), on Tuesday hosted a seminar, on the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy, for workers of Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam). In the Regional Boardroom at Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, Project Coordinator Ms. Althea Lindo said the participants were drawn from the sea defence, Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and Guyana Labour Union (GLU).
She said the policy was introduced by the Labour Ministry to protect persons living with HIV/AIDS from discrimination and unfair treatment at the workplace.
Lindo said the seminar put focus on capacity building sensitisation and how to use the male and female condoms.
Facilitator Ms. Dedeen Moore, of the ILO, said the policy must be adopted, as the minimum standards to be implemented, by all employers, trade unions, employees representatives and Government.
She said it surrounds prevention to arrange and prevent HIV and AIDS in the world of work, so as to promote information, education, communication and general awareness of the diseases.
Another objective of the forum was to ensure universal infection control procedures, detail employer/employee responsibilities and promote cooperation among Government, employers, trade unions and workers.
Former Member of Parliament (MP), Mr. Isahack Basir, was also in attendance.