World – ILO’s Global Commission Report says human-centred agenda needed for decent future of work

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The International Labour Organisation’s Global Commission on the Future of Work published a report today calling on governments to commit to a set of measures in order to address the challenges caused by unprecedented transformational change in the world of work.

The report is the culmination of a 15-month examination by the 27-member commission, which is made up of leading figures from business and labour, think tanks, academia, government and non-governmental organisations.

Co-chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, the commission outlines a vision for a human-centred agenda that is based on investing in people’s capabilities, institutions of work and in decent and sustainable work.

Among the ten recommendations are:

A universal labour guarantee that protects fundamental workers’ rights, an adequate living wage, limits on hours of work and safe and healthy workplaces.

Guaranteed social protection from birth to old age that supports people’s needs over the life cycle.

A universal entitlement to lifelong learning that enables people to skill, reskill and upskill.

Managing technological change to boost decent work, including an international governance system for digital labour platforms.

Greater investments in the care, green and rural economies.

A transformative and measurable agenda for gender equality.

Reshaping business incentives to encourage long-term investments.

The report outlines the challenges caused by new technology, climate change and demography and calls for a collective global response to the disruptions they are causing in the world of work.

“Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics will lead to job losses, as skills become obsolete,” the ILO stated. “However, these same technological advances, along with the greening of economies will also create millions of jobs – if new opportunities are seized.”

Löfven commented, “The world of work is undergoing great changes. They create many opportunities for more and better jobs. But governments, trade unions and employers need to work together, to make economies and labour markets more inclusive. Such a social dialogue can help make globalisation work for everyone.”

Adecco Group CEO and ILO Global Commission member, Alain Dehaze, commented on the report, “It was a personal and professional honour to participate in the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work and its 18 month examination of how to respond to the opportunities and challenges we face in the world of work. The Commission is a shining example of the kind of collective action we need if we are to make the future work for everyone.”

“The Adecco Group supports the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work final report’s calls for a “human-centred” approach to the future of work, with enhanced investment in people’s capabilities, the institutions of work, and decent and sustainable work,” the Adecco Group stated. “In particular, we believe that the focus on lifelong learning and up/reskilling, work transitions, and adequate social protection is vital to help businesses, workers and government navigate a rapidly-changing world.”

The report, which was launched in Geneva today, will later submitted to the Centenary session of the International Labour Conference in June 2019.


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