ILO chief calls for a “clear political project” for the future of work

There needs to be a clear political project for the future of work, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said today echoing his organization’s Global Commission on the Future of Work proposal to establish a Universal Labour Guarantee.

Addressing the 7thGlobal Government Summit, in Dubai, Ryder also outlined three areas of investment to enhance a human-centered agenda, involving investing in people, in the institutions of work and in the jobs of the future.

Our Global Commission proposes a Universal Labour Guarantee, applicable to all, regardless of their employment or contractual status. This would protect people’s fundamental rights of work, it would prescribe an adequate living wage for all, set maximum working hours and make safety and health at work a human right he said.

The Global Commission’s proposal is contained in a report, released last month, as part of the organization’s centenary celebrations.

At a time of high levels of uncertainty and insecurity about the future in general, fueled by the pace and impact of changes, as well as by a growing sentiment of injustice in the face of inequalities and exclusion and widespread disillusionment about the real capacity of all of our policymakers to provide responses, it appears essential to establish consciously a clear political project for the future of work, Ryder noted.

He said moreover that stakeholders need to invest first in people and in people’s capabilities.

The ILO Director-General noted in particular the right to education, saying that this long-recognized right now requires to be expanded and expressed in an entitlement to life-long learning.

He said, moreover, that we need to invest more in our social protection systems, as well as to gender equity. Despite many decades of our efforts, women still suffer disadvantages in terms of pay and participation of work. The time has come for a truly transformative agenda for gender equality he underlined.

Ryder also said that the nature of labour is being transformed by technology. As new and diverse forms of work appear, we need new institutions to perform this task effectively he said, while referring to safeguarding all relevant laws and regulations.

In designing this future of work that we want, we have everything to gain from working together in our international family, he concluded.

Source: Cyprus News Agency