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5th Regulating for Decent Work Conference

ILO meeting to focus on major transformations in the world of work

Three-day gathering of international experts is expected to provide policy guidance related to sweeping change in the world of work.

Press release | 03 July 2017
GENEVA (ILO News) – The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has emphasized the important contribution that the international research community needs to make to the ILO discussion on the future of work.

The head of the ILO referred in this context to the major policy challenges linked to the governance of work, diversification of employment situations and the various terms used to refer to non-standard forms of work.

While it was encouraging that the discussion on the future of work had attracted a lot of attention at the national and international level, Ryder emphasized the importance of translating the search for solutions into the debates at important policy-making forums such as the G20.

The ILO Director-General addressed the 5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work (RDW) Network taking place in Geneva 3-5 July.

The conference brings together over 400 participants from more than 60 countries. Participants will discuss some of the key challenges the world of work faces, including the opportunities and challenges presented by the care economy, the debate around a universal basic income and how policies regarding labour regulation should evolve in light of the changing employment landscape.

How to ensure the future of work is inclusive?

The head of the ILO reminded participants that the “future of work is not predestined” and that “it is what people make of it” which made regulating decent work so important.

One potential avenue put forth to address these concerns is a universal basic income. The ILO Director-General highlighted the divergent approaches in this discussion “which goes beyond the economic policy discussion” and concluded that there was still “a long way to go in this debate”.

In his opening remarks, Ryder also referred to the care economy which has become increasingly essential to the functioning of ageing societies. One of the plenary sessions of the RDW conference will focus on decent work for care workers.

The ILO Director-General also briefed participants on the considerable resources and efforts undertaken by the ILO to better understand the transformations that are taking place in the world of work, as part of the Organization’s Future of Work initiative launched in 2013.

He especially mentioned the 110 national dialogues that have already taken place in ILO member States and provided valuable contributions from ILO constituents on how to move forward.

The discussions and debate that are to take place over the three day Conference of Regulating for Decent Work will serve as valuable input to a high-level Global Commission on the Future of Work to be launched by the ILO soon.

The Commission is expected to present policy recommendations on how to shape the future of work ahead of the ILO centenary in 2019.