ILO suspends cooperation with Russia, except when related to humanitarian assistance, until it halts its war on Ukraine.
The UN’s International Labor Organization has said it was halting all technical cooperation with Russia until it stops its war in Ukrainefurther isolating Moscow on the world stage.
The ILO decided on Wednesday to “temporarily suspend technical cooperation or assistance from the ILO to the Russian Federation, except for the purpose of humanitarian, until a ceasefire is agreed and a peaceful resolution is implemented assistance”, it said, while Moscow is also suspended from certain meetings and conferences.
The resolution was brought forward in the ILO’s governing body by Canada, which said the vote was carried by 42 votes in favour, with two against and eight abstentions.
“The aggression continuing by the Russian Federation, aided by the Belarusian government, against Ukraine is grossly incompatible with the aims and purposes of the organization and principles governing ILO membership,” the resolution said.
It called upon Moscow to “immediately and unconditionally cease its aggression, withdraw its troops from Ukraine, end the suffering it is inflicting on the people of Ukraine, as well as refraining from any further unlawful threat or use of force against any member state.”
British ambassador Simon Manley said it was “another decisive vote in Geneva against Putin’s aggression”.
“The isolation intensifies. It’s time to end this barbarous aggression, which goes against all the values of the ILO.”
Founded in 1919, the ILO is the United Nations’ oldest specialized agency, with 187 member states, which are, uniquely in the UN system, represented by governments, employers and workers.
With headquarters in Geneva, the ILO aims to promote rights at work, encourage good employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.