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ILO launches landmark report on the Future of Work

Author: ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, Published on: 22 January 2019

"A human-centred agenda needed for a decent future of work", 22 January 2019

The ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work  has called on governments to commit to a set of measures in order to address the challenges caused by unprecedented transformational change in the world of work...

Among the ten recommendations are: 

  • A universal labour guarantee that protects fundamental workers’ rights, an adequate living wage, limits on hours of work and safe and healthy workplaces.

  • Guaranteed social protection from birth to old age that supports people’s needs over the life cycle.

  • A universal entitlement to lifelong learning that enables people to skill, reskill and upskill.

  • Managing technological change to boost decent work, including an international governance system for digital labour platforms.

  • Greater investments in the care, green and rural economies.

  • A transformative and measurable agenda for gender equality.

  • Reshaping business incentives to encourage long-term investments.

...It outlines the challenges caused by new technology, climate change and demography and calls for a collective global response to the disruptions they are causing in the world of work. 

Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics will lead to job losses, as skills become obsolete. However, these same technological advances, along with the greening of economies will also create millions of jobs – if new opportunities are seized...

The report is the culmination of a 15-month examination by the 27-member commission... made up of leading figures from business and labour, think tanks, academia, government and non-governmental organizations...

Download the report, here.

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