News and events on the future of work

  1. The power of small: Unlocking the potential of SMEs

    21 October 2019

    Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (commonly abbreviated to SMEs) are responsible for more than two thirds of all jobs worldwide. They also account for the majority of new job creation. But despite providing a huge share of global employment, SMEs still face major challenges when it comes to working conditions, productivity and informality. Explore this InfoStory to find out how the ILO is supporting SMEs to reach their full potential and securing a better future of work for everyone.

  2. Uncertain global economic and jobs outlook calls for renewed labour policies, institutions

    19 October 2019

    Growing concerns about global economic and employment prospects must be met with robust policies to promote employment, social dialogue and labour standards and institutions, the Director-General, Guy Ryder has told the World Bank

  3. Growing concerns about global employment and economic growth require stronger response

    19 October 2019

    Pro-active, effective measures, with a particular focus on small economic units, are needed to ensure that the response to a slowing global economy can prevent global unemployment rising and growth weakening.

  4. ILO-supported national initiatives win policy ‘Oscars’

    16 October 2019

    The Future Policy Awards, recognizes the world’s most impactful policies empowering youth.

  5. The governance of the digital economy: the critical role of social dialogue through ESC-SIs

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) and the Economic and Social Council of Romania are jointly organizing a conference on “The governance of the digital economy: the critical role of social dialogue through ESC-SIs”.

  6. ILO Director-General warns of new brutalism in politics

    08 October 2019

    In a speech to German trade union IG Metall in Nuremberg, Guy Ryder warns of challenge to the basic values of social justice, tolerance, solidarity and humanity. Calls for sincere process of social dialogue between trade unions and employers to ensure a human-centred future of work.

  7. Voices in your ear

    03 October 2019

    Many people associate the development of simultaneous interpreting with the Nuremberg trials that took place after the Second World War. In fact, it was the ILO – under its first Director, Albert Thomas – that gave birth to the concept. This week the ILO and the University of Geneva are celebrating 100 years of conference interpreting.

  8. What Asian countries should not miss while preparing the future of work

    03 October 2019

    OpEd by ILO economists Sara Elder, Christian Viegelahn and Tejeshwi Nath Bhattarai, authors of 'Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6', a study of how ASEAN+6 countries are preparing their labour markets for technological, climate and demographic changes.

  9. Symposium on the Future of Work We Want

  10. ILO’s message for the Platform Cooperativism Symposium in Tokyo

    30 September 2019

    ILO Cooperatives Unit Manager sent a video message to the Platform Cooperativism Symposium organized by the Japan Co-operative Alliance in Tokyo.