Future of Work

Symposium on the Future of Work We Want


7 October 2019

09:30-10:00 Inauguration

  • Opening Remarks by Maria Helena André, Director ILO- ACTRAV
  • Remarks by Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
  • Video Message of Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

10:00-11:00 Dialogue 1: The World of Work now and in the future: Towards a new social contract?

Facilitator: Maria Helena André, Director, ILO-ACTRAV

  • Ayuba Wabba, President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Thorben Albrecht, Former member of the Future of Work Commission

11:15-12:30Dialogue 2: The impact of a globalised world: what is needed for truly inclusive growth and development

Facilitator: Michael Watt, ILO-ACTRAV

  • Pravin Sinha, Investment Innovation & Research Alliance
  • Shylove Vasyl, Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU)
  • Bheki Ntshalitshali, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
  • Jose Sonny Matula, Federation of Free Workers (FFW, Philippines)

14:30-15:45 Dialogue 3: The changing nature of work and production: The impact of technological change

Facilitator: Anna Byhovskaya,Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC)

  • Christina J. Colclough,  UNI Global Union
  • Akustina Morni,  International Organization of Employer (IOE)
  • Kelly Ross, American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL CIO)
  • Jenny Holdcroft, IndustriAll Global Union

16:00-17:30 Dialogue 4: Lifelong learning and transition throughout the working life

Facilitator: Rafael Peels, ILO-ACTRAV

  • Martin Henry, Education International
  • John Buchanan, University of  Sidney Business School (Australia)
  • Oleg Sokolov, Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR)
  • Amal El Amri, Union Marocaine du Travail (UMT)

8 October 2019

09:30-10:45 Dialogue 5: Reaffirming the employment relationship: ensuring decent work and adequate protection for all including those in the informal economy

Facilitator: Mohammed Mwamadzingo, ILO-ACTRAV

  • Valerio di Stefano , University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • Akua O Britwum – University of  Cape Coast (Ghana)
  • Daniela de los Santos – CEDIUR Uruguay
  • Tim Noonan, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 
  • Eric Manzi, Centrale des Syndicats des Travailleurs du Rwanda (CESTRAR)

11:00-12:30 Dialogue 6: The ILO within the multilateral system: towards a just transition for all

Facilitator: Lene Olsen, ILO-ACTRAV

  • Peter Bakvis, Former  Director of the International Trade Union Confederation Office (ITUC Washington)
  • Marion Jansen, International Trade Center (ITC, Switzerland)
  • Ahmad Awad, Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies
Trade Union representatives:
  • Luc Cortebeeck , Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens (CSC) and Former Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body
  • Kari Tapiola, Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) and Former Deputy-Director General of the ILO

14:00-16:00 Dialogue 7: Trade Unions, Governance and the ILO beyond 2019

Facilitator: Anna Biondi, Deputy Director , ILO-ACTRAV

  • Mark Anner, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  • Jelle Visser, University of  Amsterdam (Netherlands)

16:00-16:30 Closing