ILO event - The Future We Want

ILO event - The Future We Want

General Secretary Philip Jennings will play a lead role in the session on Work and Society at ILOs 2-day event "The Future of Work We Want" April 6-7 in Geneva.

As part of the ILO centenary initiative on the Future of Work, 700 participants from across the world, including UNI's Philip Jennings and Christina Colclough, will gather in Geneva for two-days of high-level discussions on work and society, decent jobs for all, the organisation of work and production and the governance of work. Philip Jennings will be discussant on the first session on Work and Society.

We cannot accept that our politicians do nothing whilst cynical businesses take full advantage of the political numbness.

Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union


Jennings comments: I look forward to bringing UNI Global Union's views to the wider audience. Our opinions are clear, we know what we must do. Our societies will suffer if the individualisation of work continues leaving workers with no social protection, below poverty-line wages and little hope of opportunity. We cannot accept that our politicians do nothing whilst cynical businesses take full advantage of the political numbness. Workers in all forms of employment must have decent social and fundamental rights. We must never accept to be played out against each other.

The ILO describes the current challenges: Around the world, in economies at all stages of development, profound changes in the nature of work are underway. Numerous and diverse drivers account for these: demographic shifts, climate change, technological innovation, shifting contours of poverty and prosperity, growing inequality, economic stagnation and the changing character of production and employment. The transformations we witness now challenge us to imagine the future of work over the long term in order to steer this evolution in the direction of social justice. Rising widespread anxiety about whether the future will produce greater polarization within and between countries brings urgency to this task.

Follow the live webcast of the event here.