The ILO wants more action to enhance work conditions
The ILO wants more action to enhance work conditions
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The International Labour Organization (ILO), today in Geneva, launched its Global Commission on the Future of Work Report, which demands more attention to the welfare of workers across the globe.

The report also calls on all stakeholders, especially governments and employers, to take responsibility for building a just and equitable future of work.

Launched by the ILO as part of its Centenary celebrations, the landmark report, which has the theme, “Work for a brighter future” the ILO’s landmark is pushing for a human-centred agenda for the future of work that strengthens the social contract by placing people and the work they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practice.

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President Ramaphosa  - ILO Geneva 2018
President Ramaphosa – ILO Geneva 2018

Hinging on the three pillars of “Increase Investment in People, Increasing Investment in the Institutions of Work and Increasing Investment in Decent Sustainable Work,” the ILO believes that the combination of the three factors would help accelerate growth, equity and sustainability for present and future generations.

The live webcast event which monitored by ADR Daily, was attended by a number of world leaders, amidst anticipation of active stakeholder commitment to the implementation of the recommendations.

Co-chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, 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 Report covered workers around the globe
The Report covered workers around the globe

According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, 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.

“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,” he said.

Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, in his remarks noted how the world of work is undergoing great changes, creating many opportunities for more and better jobs and urged governments, trade unions and employers to work together, to make economies and labour markets more inclusive. Such a social dialogue he said could help make globalization work for everyone.

Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder at the event

The report also highlights the “unique role” the ILO should play in the development and delivery of the “human-centred economic agenda” in the international system, and calls on the organization to give urgent attention to the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

“The issues highlighted in this report matter to people everywhere and to the planet,” commented ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

“They may be challenging but we ignore them at our peril. The ILO’s mandate, bringing together governments, employers and workers from all parts of the world, means the organization is well suited to act as a compass and a guide in order to help open up new vistas for coming generations at work,” he said.

By Benjamin Nana Appiah/

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