The Infosec Cotonou hosted this Wednesday, August 9, 2017, a national workshop on restitution and validation organized by the Confederation of Independent Trade Union Organizations of Benin (Benin-Cosi) in partnership with the International CNV.
At the heart of the discussions: the condition of compliance with the labor law in the supply chains of cashew and shea sectors in Benin. What to do to improve the working conditions and lives of employees of supply chains and shea cashew sectors in Benin? It is this concern that participants of the National Workshop of restitution and validation initiated by the Confederation of Independent Trade Union Organizations of Benin (Benin-Cosi) , in partnership with the International Cnv, provided answers on Wednesday 09 August 2017.
It is for them to appropriate the results of the study on the condition of compliance with the labor law in the supply chains of cashew and shea sectors in Benin, and make amendments to facilitate existence actors in both sectors.
For Christmas Chadaré , improved living and working producers in the base through the promotion of decent work is a variation of the vision of the Cosi-Benin to which the confederacy is as much as defense and protection labor rights of public sector and formal private. And it is urgent, especially for synergy and define an effective strategy for action, seen the problems these workers at the base face and the little interest that the state gives them.
" Working conditions, whether related to income, social protection, respect of working time or the risk associated with the production and processing, are far from satisfactory in these two chains that employ yet abundant labor and feed many families in Benin. "Lamented the secretary general.
It therefore urges all organizations that work organization and support to producers of such sectors to work harder to raise the standard of living of these marginalized citizens.
" So I would like you to help us improve this document as much as possible, so that the priorities that will rest our advocacy and lobbying, move in the direction of a real better be for all these sectors Workers cashew and shea , "insisted Chadaré Christmas.
The coordinator of ICCO-Benin, Sébastien Dohou , has meanwhile commended Benin-Cosi for this initiative. For him, the agricultural sector is the first work force of the country, but unfortunately it is completely forgotten. It is therefore reasonable to find out how the employer-employee relationship have it. After this step, it will seek ways to enter into dialogue with employers in the sector to get them to respect the rights of their employees and that they worthily enjoying the fruits of their labor, has he explained .
Proceeding to the launch of workshop activities, international Cnv's representative, for his part, recalled that his organization has a history of supporting any initiative to build capacity and promote rights at work, to the improvement of living and working in general and workers in particular marginalized groups. These actions contribute, he said, to ensure inclusive growth, equity, justice and social peace. And it is in this context that the present study was commissioned.
It consists in making an inventory of the rights of workers in cashew and shea sectors, then refine strategies and actions to help the grassroots actors, working in these sectors with non-compliance international labor standards. He finally praised the spirit of cooperation shown by the various stakeholders of the workshop, including the Benin-Cosi, for being interested in addition to the usual claims to societal problems.
This workshop is part of the program called ' ' Strategic Patnership Convening and Convincing '' 2017-2020, implemented by a consortium of national and international partners whose Cnv International, partner of the Benin-Cosi