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ILO: Human-centred agenda needed for decent future of work

  • Published at 11:00 pm January 24th, 2019
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A universal labour guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among 10 recommendations made by ILO

The ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work has called on governments to commit to a set of measures to address the challenges caused by unprecedented transformational change in the world of work.

Co-chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, the commission outlined 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, reports UNB.

A universal labour guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among 10 recommendations made in a landmark report by the International Labour Organization's Global Commission on the Future of Work, ILO said on Wednesday.

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 and reshaping business incentives to encourage long-term investments are among the recommendations.

"Countless opportunities lie ahead to improve the quality of working lives, expand choice, close the gender gap, reverse the damages wreaked by global inequality. Yet none of this will happen by itself. Without decisive action we'll be sleepwalking into a world that widens the existing inequalities and uncertainties," the report stresses.

It outlined 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.

However, these same technological advances, along with the greening of economies will also create millions of jobs—if new opportunities are seized.

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 organizations.

"The ILO Global Commission Report on the Future of Work is a vital contribution to global understanding of the changes occurring—and that will continue to unfold—in the world of work," said Ramaphosa.

"The report should stimulate engagement and partnerships within and between national and regional jurisdictions to ensure that the global economy and global society becomes more equitable, just and inclusive. At the same it should inspire global action to contain or eliminate challenges that humanity has inflicted on itself in the course of history."

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