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10 June 2019
International: interview with Guy Ryder, ILO director general, on the issues to be covered at the International Labour Conference
The International Labour Conference (ILC), which takes place every June in Geneva, sets out the main International Labour Organization guidelines and adopts international standards. The conference kicking off today, on 10 June, and coming to a close on 22 June is a special one, as it will celebrate the centenary of the United Nations body promoting social justice. Speaking to Planet Labor, Guy Ryder, the ILO’s director general, outlines the primary issues to be addressed at the conference, which is set to...
10 June 2019
International: G7 members ready for deeper cooperation to reduce social inequality in globalised world
The labour and employment ministers from the world’s seven leading powers met at the G7 Social, held in Paris on 7 June under the French presidency. The ministers agreed on a ‘Social Communiqué’, which underlines the need to respond to citizens’ aspirations to reduce social inequality. To achive this goal, the statement points to fostering social protection, including for platform workers, preparing individuals for the digital transformation, as well as reducing the level of inequality between men and...
22 January 2019
The Global Commission on the Future of Work has submitted its report, marking the start of the ILO’s centenary year
The ILO is launching its centenary year with the launch of a report (here) produced by a group of independent experts that should lead it to a rethink of its role in light of the ever-faster pace of work transformations. The report is not just a theoretical summary account of the world of work, it is a penetrating document that seeks to prioritize actions and calls on the ILO to examine its own role as well as inviting national governments to adopt national strategies on the future of work. The report delivers ten...
13 September 2018
The ILO presented its draft international convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work
The International Labour Office (the permanent secretariat of the International Labour Organization) has prepared the texts for both a draft convention and a draft recommendation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work based on the initial discussion that was held in may 2018 during the International Labour Conference (c.f. article No. 10718). The Convention would oblige the ratifying States to equip themselves with the appropriate judicial means to prohibit and sanction violence and harassment at...
24 July 2018
OECD warns about wage stagnation and highlights the importance of coordinated collective bargaining
Ostensibly there was plenty to be pleased about. Employment rates are looking bright and higher than prior to the crisis (61.7% at the end of 2017 vs. 60.8% a decade earlier). Furthermore, unemployment rates among the 35 OECD countries are close to, or lower than levels in 2008, and the downtrend is expected to continue with estimates of 5.3% for 2018 and 5.1% for the end of 2019. Improvements are especially noted in the most disadvantaged categories, namely, youths, immigrants, mothers of young children, and...
11 June 2018
ILO: a step closer to an international convention on workplace violence and harassment
After two weeks of negotiations, which took place between 28 May and 8 June in Geneva, state representatives, employers and trade unions decided to continue discussions with a view to adopting a convention and a recommendation on the issue of harassment and violence in the workplace at the next International Labour Conference, in June next year.
21 May 2018
ILO: the transition to a Green Economy will generate more than sufficient number of jobs under the 2015 Paris Agreement’s 2-degree limit to global warming
On 18 May, the ILO launched their flagship World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) report focused on “Greening with Jobs”. The report finds that 24 million new jobs will be created globally by 2030 if the right policies to promote a greener economy are put in place. Despite the loss of 6 million jobs in some sectors, the net increase of approximately 18 million jobs across the...
26 February 2018
ECHR: employers are free to check computer files not labelled as “private”
On 22 February, the European Court of Human Rights lent its backing to the stance adopted by the French Court of Cassation, which ruled that an employer may check worker files without their knowledge, when they are not identified as “private”. In this particular case, the worker in question had renamed his hard disk “données personnelles”, or ‘personal information’, meaning he’d used a significant portion of his work computer’s storage to hold contentious files. There are numerous facets to...
10 January 2018
2018, a key year for the ILO’s Future of Work initiative
At the ILO’s 102nd plenary session in 2013, the Future of Work (FoW) initiative was chosen as one of seven central themes that would mark the tri-partite UN agency’s centenary in 2019. This initiative stemmed from the premise that processes of change were taking place at great speed and on an unprecedented scale and that the ILO’s fundamental mission of safeguarding social justice was never before as significant as currently. As such, the organization has to reflect on the future of work in order to be able...