After two years of intense work, the Commission on the Future of Work, established by the ILO and co-chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, released its report on January 22, 2019.
The report calls for a decisive human role in shaping the future of work. Particularly, in recent decades, the market and powerful actors in the market have been determining the direction of the global economy. That, in turn, has shaped the organization of work as well as the use of new technology in the workplace.
The Commission proposes a “
The report has three pillars:
* Investing in people’s capacities;
* Investing in the institutions of work; and
* Investing in decent and sustainable work.
These pillars are developed, not in detail, but in principle. They will, however, enable fruitful discussions and elaboration at national and international levels if there is the will to examine a new approach.
It has some far-reaching concepts, including a Universal Labour Guarantee that would provide for
It would also build on the work that has already been done in the ILO to have universal coverage of social
The Commission also seeks a human role in the introduction and use of technology so, again, the inevitability of certain changes would be questioned.
It would provide for a “right” to life-long learning.
It also sees changes in work as opportunities to seriously address intractable problems in current
BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson acclaimed the report, saying, “This is a great beginning for a badly needed global exchange on what is happening with jobs that
Yuson added, “we fully understand that that the Commission’s recommendations are far from self-implementing. The report parallels many of BWIs strategies for connecting the world in our industries and leveraging progress. In fact,