The ministries of Labor of the Pacific Alliance member countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) held work videoconferences since 2015, to agree on the topics that would be part of the labor agenda of this integration mechanism.
This work carried out by the ministries of Labor was done informally, until July 1, 2016, when the Labor Technical Group was officially created within the framework of the Puerto Varas Declaration, Chile (11th PA Heads of State Summit).
As a result of these videoconferences (those held from 2015 to June 2016) among the areas of International Cooperation, the following 4 themes were prioritized: Youth Employment, Eradication of Child Labor, Labor Migration and Social Security.
On December 14 and 15, 2015, the “I Labor Sector Meeting of the Member Countries of the Pacific Alliance” was held in the city of Lima, Peru.
In the Declaration of that meeting, the following was stablished:
|Eradication of Child Labor|
At the suggestion of the Ministry of Labor of Peru, the agenda of priorities was bounded from four to two, to avoid duplication, attending to two arguments:
a) The CELAC has already prioritized “Youth Employment” in the conformation of the Labor Group of which the PA member countries would be part.
b) 27 countries have been promoting, with the support of the ILO, the “Initiative for the Eradication of Child Labor” and have a work plan and focal groups in all the ministries of Labor.
In conclusion, the priorities of the Labor Technical Group matters are now focused on the themes of Labor Migration and Social Security.