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World – World Employment Confederation makes ILO policy recommendations for ‘fair and decent’ future of work

11 June 2019

As the International Labour Organisation prepares to adopt a new declaration to guide its work in the 21st century, the World Employment Confederation has made three policy recommendations to build a future of work that is fair and decent for diverse forms of work.

“The private employment industry has already embarked on building a future of work that ensures fair and decent work for diverse forms of employment, Annemarie Muntz, President of the World Employment Confederation, said. “Yet, the industry cannot do it alone. We need policymakers to create appropriate conditions for employment services to operate. As the International Labour Organisation renews its mandate, the time is right to secure the best support to help people navigate labour market transitions, regardless of their labour contract.”

“In more dynamic, volatile and unpredictable labour markets, people will face a growing number of transitions and will increasingly need support to navigate them,” the World Employment Confederation stated. “Private employment services provide such support by empowering workers through work experience, career guidance and re-/up-skilling. Yet, further social innovation is needed to ensure that the future of work works for all.”

The World Employment Confederation makes the following three policy recommendations to the ILO:

  1. No Future of Work without Social Innovation! “The coexistence of diverse forms of work requires to rethink our social protection schemes in order to provide new safety nets to workers. Policymakers and social partners in the ILO should work together to find innovative solutions for working, learning and providing social protection for all!”
  2. Realise workers’ access to fundamental rights, collective bargaining and decent work by further encouraging ratification and implementation of ILO Convention 181 on Private Employment Agencies as it reconciles the need for efficient labour market allocation with the protection of workers.
  3. Dedicate resources and programmes to research and promote effective cooperation between public and private employment services (as stipulated in Convention 181). When public and private employment services successfully cooperate, policy and market work in tandem to support individuals in better navigating labour market transitions.

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