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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Conclusions on the social and solidarity economy approved by the ILO

The Conclusions also mention that ILO members should “integrate the SSE into national development, recovery, and employment strategies to support pro-employment macroeconomic, tax, industrial, social, environmental and other policies for promoting just digital and environmental transitions and reducing Inequalities” (9 d) and, “in line with Recommendation No. 193, introduce support measures to enable access to information, finance, markets, technology, infrastructure and well-regulated and socially responsible public procurement, especially for disadvantaged groups and persons in vulnerable situations” (9 h). They should also “strengthen labour inspection” and “promote collaboration among labour inspectorates, social partners and SSE representatives” to oversee SSE entities (9 I) and “improve statistics on SSE, such as through satellite accounts and collaboration between national statistical institutes and SSE institutional representatives, to inform the formulation and implementation of policies” (9 n).

The text also invites the ILO Office to “work towards the development of international guidelines on statistics concerning the SSE and examine the potential to establish an international observatory on SSE data in collaboration with SSE networks and representative bodies, national statistical offices and international organizations that will contribute to the promotion of decent work” (16 c).

It is worth mentioning that, through the discussions and in particular in the first two days of statements by all parties, including SSE representative organisations and NGOs, and in the plenary of the Conference at the end, almost all cases and examples provided were about cooperatives.

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