Following the discussion at the last Program’s Steering Committee on 06-07.10.2010 in Geneva, ITUC has issued a Circular to all its affiliates, members of the Executive Bureau, Women’s Committee and Youth Committee as well as all Global Union Federations. The Circular contains a background note explaining the reporting process with regards the ILO HIV and AIDS Recommendation as well as the model letter to be sent to Governments to influence the debate at the national level (with the goal of adopting national workplace HIV/AIDS policies).
ITUC is committed to assist the affiliates to take the action at the national level. The circular will be followed by the organization of regional meetings by the end of 2010 aiming at reviewing the initiative taken and strategizing for the next level of action.
It is important to note that the work plan on supporting the national implementation of the Recommendation (i.e. demanding the adoption of the national level workplace HIV/AIDs policies) has a meaningful impact on the further trade union work on the Global Fund. If the workplace is not recognized nationally as a strategic area of action, the workplace related proposal to the GF does not have a big chance to be accepted by the CCM as the CCM cross check the proposals against priorities recognized in national HIV/AIDS policy. According to estimates, only about 30 countries worldwide have some workplace related regulation in this area. This fact gives us further support for arguing for the need for action on the Recommendation.