10 Nov 2017
The International Labour Organization (ILO), the last UN agency accepting funding from the tobacco industry for its activities, postponed the decision on its future relationship with the industry, failing to act despite persistent calls from the Workers’, Asia-Pacific and European groups, and many countries of the Americas. The ILO will revisit the issue of cutting ties with the tobacco industry in March 2018 at the 332nd Session of the Governing Body in Geneva.
The FCA calls on the ILO to take all the necessary steps to develop an “integrated ILO strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector” that produces tangible results and is sustainable without funding from the very industry responsible for the exploitative working conditions that foster child labour.
Nearly 200 non-governmental organizations from the global development, labour and health communities, amongst them the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), called on the ILO to finally follow guidelines set out in the United Nations Interagency Taskforce (UNIATF) Model Policy and cut its ties with the tobacco industry which is responsible for 7 million deaths annually.
The ILO has so far received US$15 million from Japan Tobacco International and the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT), a foundation financially dependent on the tobacco industry. ECLT’s board is exclusively made up of tobacco industry representatives.