Academic reflections on the Future of Work kicks off the ILO centenary celebrations in China

Press release | Beijing, China | 05 December 2018
Experts and researchers gather to discuss Future of Work
Beijing(ILO news) -- 5 December 2018, on the eve of its 100 years’ anniversary, the ILO gathered with academic experts from a number of Chinese universities, officials of the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS), representatives of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) and the China Enterprise Confederation (CEC), as well as young researchers at the Renmin University to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the future work.

The ILO was established on the ashes of World War I in 1919, with the ambition to achieve universal and lasting peace based on social justice. To celebrate its 100 years anniversary, the ILO launched a global reflection on the Future of Work which aims at guiding the Organisation’s work in the years to come. The workshop at the Renmin University laid down a foundation for China’s input to the ILO in the lead up to the centenary International Labour Conference next year in Geneva.

It is widely recognized that the world of work is undergoing profound transformations mainly driven by four forces: globalization, climate change, demographic shifts and technology innovation. During the workshop, experts, young researchers and tripartite representatives shared their research and views on trends, challenges and opportunities in the areas of labour law, industrial relations and social protection, highlighting the rise of the gig and platform economy.

Mr Hao Bin, the Director-General of the International Cooperation Department of MOHRSS, indicated that China will continue to promote decent work for all and advance social justice especially in the face of the various challenges emerging from a changing world of work.

“The Future of Work is full of risks and of opportunities. Shaping the future of work societies want require a policy mix to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities. At the beginning of its second century of existence, the ILO is more committed than ever to promoting its founding values of peace, social justice and decent work for all. ”, commented with confidence Claire Courteille-Mulder, the Director of the ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia.