Head of Social Dialogue and Partnerships, BIT-IPEC
Simon Steyne is Head of Social Dialogue and Partnerships, ILO-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). His section supports the social partners on child labour issues, IPEC’s global advocacy campaign and relations with the worldwide alliance, South-South cooperation and development of public private partnerships and acts as the secretariat of the Music against Child Labour Initiative.
Simon also advises the boards of the International Cocoa Initiative, the End Child Labour in Tobacco growing Foundation and AIM Progress. He joined IPEC in 2008, stepping down as Senior International Officer of the Trades Union Congress; from the ILO Governing Body and as ILO Workers’ group spokesperson on child labour; the Board of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which he helped establish; and as ITUC representative in the council of the Global March against Child Labour.
Involved in ILO activities since 1992, Simon participated in negotiations of ILO Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour, several Conventions on atypical work and, from 2000-2008, in the ILO Conference Standards Committee. He has worked extensively in Colombia, the Middle East, South Asia and West and Southern Africa and on agriculture and garment sector supply chains, labour inspection and CSR.
A South Londoner, Simon read French, German and German labour history at Lancaster, Freiburg, Manchester and London. He taught in London schools, 1984-1989, and at London University Birkbeck College, 1989-1990.