Special Representative for International Labor Affairs Fay Rodríguez Travels to Lesotho and South Africa – United States Department of State


Special Representative for International Labor Affairs Kelly Fay Rodríguez will travel to Lesotho and South Africa July 27-31.

In Lesotho and South Africa, Special Representative Fay Rodríguez will meet with government officials, trade unions, labor rights defenders, employer representatives, U.S. companies, and civil society organizations.  These meetings will cover a range of labor issues including just energy transition and critical minerals, elevating international labor standards in development finance, threats to freedom of association, internationally recognized worker rights, worker-centered trade, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination, and prevention of forced labor and the worst forms of child labor in supply chains.

Special Representative Fay Rodríguez will participate in panel discussions at a high-level labor summit in Lesotho on July 27, developing best practices and identifying actions for governments, labor unions, and employers to eradicate gender-based violence and harassment at work.  She will collaborate on this with partners from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Lesotho, and South Africa during a session convened by the Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment, and Rights (M-POWER) , a global initiative that unites governments, unions, labor academics, and civil society organizations committed to working in partnership to uphold and promote worker empowerment and rights.

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