Future of work

We need to have a change on the way we think, Mthunzi Mdwaba says on the future of work

Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba, Employers’ Vice-Chairperson, Governing Body of the ILO and Ex officio member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, speaks about the future of work on the launching of the ILO Future of Work’s report

Statement | 22 January 2019

The world of work is undergoing a major process of change. There are numerous factors transforming it, from the rapid developments of technology and the impact of climate change to the varying forms of production and employment.

In order to understand and see how to respond to some of these new challenges, the ILO Director-General launched the "Future of Work Centenary Initiative" in 2013. A series of national and sub-regional dialogues involving some 110 countries were held, and a major event, the "Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want ", took place in Geneva in April 2017. The launch of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, opened the second phase of the initiative.

The Commission, made up of 21 eminent individuals chaired by the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven and the President of the Republic of South Africa Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa. In addition, as ex officio members were the officers of the Governing Body representing Governments, employers and workers as well as the Director General. The report launched on 22nd January 2019 in Geneva marks the official start of the ILO Centenary year.

This independent Commission has undertaken an examination of the future of work to provide an analysis for the delivery of social justice in the 21st century. The report provides a series of recommendations, which are not unanimously supported by ILO constituents, however the report sets the basis for further discussion while calling for collective global responses. The Commission's report will be debated at the centennial session of the International Labour Conference in 2019, as the ILO's tripartite constituents discuss how to pursue the ILO's mandate in its second century.