PROMOTING DECENT WORK FOR ALLIMPLEMENTING
THE DECENT WORK AGENDA IN THE WORLD (9988/06)
Letter from the Chairman to James Plaskitt
MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work
Your Explanatory Memorandum dated 15 June was
considered by Sub-Committee G on 6 July.
We note that this is a non-binding Communication
which has no financial implications and amounts to what you describe
as "largely a declaration of intent". As such, we are
prepared to release it from scrutiny.
Nevertheless, you should know that we share
your concern about the possibility that the Commission may attempt
to stray beyond its advisory role at the ILO into areas where
Member States have sole competence. We also share your reservations
over the possible implications of applying the "decent work
agenda" to WTO negotiations, Commission development policy
and the multilateral framework on labour migration. We fully agree
that the Government needs to be vigilant to those possibilities
and hope that other Member States will endorse that need for vigilance.
Although internal employment and social policy
issues are the responsibility of Sub-Committee G, the document
deals mostly with Commission policy towards Accession states and
neighbourhood and third countries, including trade and development
aspects. These aspects are of potential interest to Sub-Committees
C (Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy), A (Economic
and Financial Affairs) and B (Internal Market). We have informed
those Sub-Committees and will need to take account of their interests
when the Commission's follow-up report is published in 2008.
6 July 2006