Ylva Johansson is no longer a government minister, Minister for Employment

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The future of work in focus as the ILO celebrates its centenary

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On 22 January, the ILO’s centenary was launched in Geneva. The centenary, which will run throughout 2019, focuses on the future of work and forms part of the ILO’s long-term strategy for creating a decent and sustainable working life worldwide.

At the same time as the centenary was launched, the Global Commission on the Future of Work was in attendance to present its final report. The Commission’s report presents the possibilities and challenges that are arising due to digitalisation, climate change and demographic changes. The Commission’s work has been led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.

In the report, the Commission presents a human-centred agenda for the future, consisting of 10 recommendations divided into three main areas:

  • Investing in people’s capabilities, for example through initiatives for lifelong learning, social protection and increased gender equality.
  • Investing in labour market institutions, the development of collective agreements and so on, and social dialogue.
  • Investing in decent and sustainable work for a green global economy.

From possibilities to reality

Modern working life demands an ambitious work environment policy. Making use of possibilities and turning them into reality requires global engagement, from the world’s governments all the way to the social partners.

— Modern working life means new opportunities to get rid of dangerous jobs, while traditional working environment problems remain. Global competition, digitalisation and new working methods are leading to new ways of organising work. These must not lead to precarious forms of employment or lower wages,” says Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson.

The results of the Global Commission’s report will form the basis for continued discussions at the ILO’s International Labour Conference in Geneva, 10–21 June. Some 4 000 representatives of employer organisations, trade unions and governments will attend.