Nelson Mandela (Madiba) left us in December 2013. But his legacy lives on. And we continue to celebrate International Mandela Day on 18 July, his birthday. My first contact with that giant of a man, Nelson Mandela, was at the ILO in Geneva in 1990. I had just joined the organization a few months earlier and Mandela had only recently attained freedom after 27 years of captivity. Can you imagine what I felt when I heard that he was to be a special guest at the International Labour Conference that year?
In recent years, the ILO has been swamped with demands from governments and social partners on minimum wage fixing. Since 2010, we have worked with more than 30 countries on this issue, from large countries like China, Mexico and South Africa, to smaller ones such as Bulgaria, Cape Verde and Cambodia.
The trend shows no signs of slowing.
Germany adopted a national minimum wage in 2015 and South Africa is currently considering replacing its current system of minimum wages in some sectors with a more encompassing national minimum wage.
As part of our coverage of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, we sat down with experts on a whole range of topics to look at some of the biggest issues facing the world of work. These talks were broadcast live to an audience of thousands of people worldwide, who shared their thoughts and questions with our experts. Here’s a short list of some of the things that we learned.