Global Commission on the Future of Work

President Ramaphosa to co-chair Global Commission on the Future of Work

The South African President will join global body poised to make recommendations for a rapidly transforming world of work.

News | 10 May 2018
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GENEVA (ILO news) – The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, joins a top-level Commission on the Future of Work set up by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2017.

He will co-chair the 28 member Commission, together with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven. The global body is assessing the rapid transformations taking place in the world of work, and identifying the key challenges and what must be done to make the future of work better and fairer.

“The Global Commission is grappling with one of the most important and pressing challenges of the modern global economy. If we are to improve the lives of people across the world, we need to prepare collectively for a new world of work,” said Ramaphosa

“I am delighted that President Ramaphosa has accepted to co-chair the Global Commission on the Future of Work. South Africa and the ILO have a very close relationship, and I am sure that the South African President will bring to the Commission’s work the values of freedom and dialogue that he has defended his whole life. They are key to the future of work we want and a global economy that works for all,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said.

Ramaphosa replaces Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of the Republic of Mauritius, who resigned from her chairmanship earlier this year.

The South African leader was born in 1952 in Soweto, a township southwest of the Johannesburg. As an activist against apartheid he was detained several times. In the 1980s, he founded the National Union of Mineworkers, serving as its General Secretary for nine years.

Ramaphosa was elected General Secretary of the African National Congress in 1991, and in the years that followed was a key negotiator for the party during South Africa's transition to democracy.

After the country's first democratic elections in 1994, he became a member of parliament and helped write and review the post-apartheid constitution. He later became a highly successful business leader.

As co-chair of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, he will work with Löfven to oversee the preparation of a major report on the future of work which will be published in early 2019. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled to take place on 15-17 May 2018 in Geneva.

The Commission was set up under the ILO’s Future of Work Centenary Initiative, launched by the ILO Director-General in 2013.