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7th BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meeting

Published on July 17, 2021
Current Context: The Union Minister for Labour Employment Bhupender Yadav chaired the 7th edition of the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meeting.
7th BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meeting
  • The meeting was held under India’s Presidency.
  • The meeting was arranged to exchange views on the impact of Covid-19 on the global labour market.
  • The dignitaries discussed 4 major areas of cooperation like Promoting Social Security Agreements amongst BRICS Nations; Formalisation of Labour Markets; Participation of Women in the Labour Force; and Gig and Platform Workers: Role in the Labour Market.
  • They adopted BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Declaration. The declaration mentioned that the pandemic has made a negative impact on employment, and has led to decent work deficits and inequality.
  • It mentioned that the BRICS nations are supposed to cooperate jointly to recover the economy from pandemics and have inclusive labour markets and social protection systems.
  • The Union Minister Bhupender Yadav highlighted the simplification and codification of labour laws of India into four labour codes: (a) ‘The Code on Wages 2019’ (b) ‘The Code on Social Security 2020’ (c) ‘The Industrial Relations Code 2020’ (d) ‘The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2020’.
  • He mentioned that these simplifications and codification of labour laws will help to formalize the labour market, increase the participation of women in the labour force and employment.
  • He mentioned the need that BRICS nations should sign Social Security agreements to have the welfare of the international migrant workers.


Q.1 Who represented and chaired the 7th edition of the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meeting from India?
a. Hardeep Singh Puri
b. Bhupender Yadav
c. G Kishan Reddy
d. Parshottam Rupala
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