ILO staff, management agree on mediation to solve dispute

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International Labour Organisation staff have agreed on mediation to resolve their differences with their management, which they accuse of ignoring the good working practices they preach.

"After a week of tension, the administration and staff union of the ILO have agreed on mediation to resolve their disagreements," they said in a statement.

ILO staff last Wednesday held a rare protest against what their union called the growing use of short-term contracts and abuse of recruitment procedures.

They had threatened to walk out on strike if their grievances were not addressed.

The ILO -- a UN agency which groups representatives of governments, employers and workers -- openly advocates social dialogue, minimum labour standards and a "decent work agenda."

It employs around 2,800 people.

© 2010 AFP

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