ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms"

Panel Discussion on “Future of Work and Labour Market Reforms”

The ILO invited a panel of leading experts in labour market, social and economic issues for a panel discussion which was moderated by the DG to discuss the transformational changes taking place in the world of work as part of the Future of Work initiative.

As part of a two day conference on ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective”, ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder moderated a Panel Discussion on Labour Market Reforms and the Future of Work, with the following panellists:

Raymond Torres: The future of work need not be a race to the bottom for workers

Raymond Torres, Special Adviser at the ILO on employment issues and the future of work discussed how the ILO and international cooperation can help exploit the benefits of trends shaping the future of work and still protect workers.

László Andor: Harness technological changes to create quality jobs

László Andor, from Corvinus University in Budapest, brought a positive perspective to the impact new technologies could bring for the quantity and quality of jobs.

Kemal Derviş: Work in the future should be fulfilling

Kemal Derviş, Vice president and Director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, cited Keynes saying that “the current social and political transformation should ensure that people do less work that is not fulfilling, but still have enough income to lead a decent life.”

Patricia Flynn: The benefits of quotas for future female executives

Looking at the future for women in business, Patricia Flynn of Bentley University, discussed the significant progress some countries have made in raising the share of female corporate directors by introducing voluntary or mandatory gender quotas on corporate boards.

Dominique Méda: Labour market reforms are needed within framework of “ecological reconversion”

Dominique Méda, of the University of Paris-Dauphine, stressed the need for labour market reforms aimed at improving the quality of jobs and working conditions, within a framework of what she called “ecological reconversion”.

Digitalization will transform and create new job opportunities

“Digitalization will create a considerable shift in types of employment and the skills needed to perform those jobs,” said Ulrich Walwei, of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt und Berufsforschung (IAB). He added that the potential it creates for mobile work could create new opportunities for workers with disabilities and stay-at-home caregivers.

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