ILO Fu­ture of Work

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BUSINESS -

The In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO) has es­tab­lished a high-level Global Com­mis­sion on the Fu­ture of Work.

The global body is ex­pected to un­der­take an in-depth ex­am­i­na­tion of the fu­ture of work that can pro­vide the an­a­lyt­i­cal ba­sis for the de­liv­ery of so­cial jus­tice in the 21st cen­tury. The Com­mis­sion will fo­cus in par­tic­u­lar on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween work and so­ci­ety, the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing de­cent jobs for all, the or­ga­ni­za­tion of work and pro­duc­tion, and the gover­nance of work.

Speak­ing at the launch, ILO Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Guy Ry­der re­minded the au­di­ence that these were key is­sues of our time which in­creas­ingly oc­cupy po­lit­i­cal life and de­fine hopes, and some­times fears, of fam­i­lies across the world.

“It is fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant that we con­front these chal­lenges from the con­vic­tion that the fu­ture of work is not de­cided for us in ad­vance. It is a fu­ture that we must make ac­cord­ing to the val­ues and pref­er­ences that we choose and through poli­cies that we de­sign and im­ple­ment,” he said.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by two serv­ing heads of state or gov­ern­ment co-chair­ing the Com­mis­sion: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Pres­i­dent of Mau­ri­tius, and Ste­fan Löfven, Prime Min­is­ter of Swe­den.

In her ad­dress at the launch, the Pres­i­dent of Mau­ri­tius strongly en­cour­aged “all coun­tries and stake­hold­ers to come up with com­pre­hen­sive rec­om­men­da­tions and novel ideas on how to ad­dress the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges of the fu­ture of work. We can ac­com­plish this by ‘putting peo­ple first’, by recog­nis­ing that labour is more than sim­ply a com­mod­ity in the labour mar­ket in the spirit of the ILO Con­sti­tu­tion, or even just a fac­tor of pro­duc­tion.”

Swedish Prime Min­is­ter Ste­fan Löfven said: “We can­not stop de­vel­op­ment, nor should we even try. What we need to do is come to­gether: to har­ness in­no­va­tion to im­prove the daily lives of mil­lions, to use new tech­nol­ogy to build cleaner and more sus­tain­able so­ci­eties, and at the same time cre­ate new jobs with bet­ter con­di­tions for ev­ery­one. These ob­jec­tives lie at the heart of this Com­mis­sion."

The Com­mis­sion has 28 mem­bers , in­clud­ing the co-chairs them­selves and its four ex-of­fi­cio mem­bers - ILO Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Guy Ry­der and the Of­fi­cers of the ILO Gov­ern­ing Body.

The Com­mis­sion was set up un­der the ILO’s Fu­ture of Work Cen­te­nary Ini­tia­tive launched by the ILO Direc­torGen­eral in 2013. The mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion will pro­duce an in­de­pen­dent re­port that will be sub­mit­ted to the Cen­te­nary Con­fer­ence of the ILO in 2019.

Over the past 18 months, the ILO’s tri­par­tite con­stituents - gov­ern­ments, em­ployer and worker or­ga­ni­za­tions - have held na­tional di­a­logues in over 110 coun­tries in the run-up to the launch of the Global Com­mis­sion. The out­come of these di­a­logues will feed into the re­port of the Com­mis­sion.

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