Russia's Concept for Implementation of ILO's Future of Work Initiative Discussed In Moscow

On 12 December 2016 in Moscow, the Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation hosted an expert round-table meeting featuring a presentation of Russia's concept for the implementation of the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative.

News | 12 December 2016
The meeting was addressed by Lyubov Yeltsova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection; Mikhail Shmakov, Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FITUR); Marina Moskvina, Managing Director of the Labour Market and Social Partnership Department and Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE); Nicolas Niemtchinow, Advisor to ILO Director-General , representatives of the CIS countries and employment experts.

On behalf of the Russian Government, L. Yeltsova expressed support for the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative.

In his in-depth presentation, Nicolas Niemtchinow, Advisor to the ILO Director General, focused  on a Future of Work initiative, one of the seven initiatives that would mark the ILO’s centenary in 2019.  He noted that processes of change were taking place at such speed and on such a scale as to constitute a transformation of the world of work. Therefore, the ILO needs to understand and to respond effectively to them in order to be able to advance its mandate for social justice. He emphasised that an active discussion of the ILO's global initiative is unfolding worldwide: more than 50 national dialogues have been held so far. The Advisor to ILO Director-General stressed the importance of the fact that the Russian Federation has joined the discussion of the ILO's initiative by hosting this expert round table.

In his presentation, Mikhail Shmakov said, "The ILO has proposed to discuss, in a serious, open and honest manner, what the world of work will look like in the 21st century. Trade unions are prepared for such a dialogue."  Marina Moskvina stressed that, "the ILO's Future of Work initiative is a key priority for the RUIE."

Elena Zotova, expert at the Russian Government, and Leonid Tutov, researcher at the Lomonosov Moscow State University Department of Economics, introduced the audience to Russia’s vision of the ILO's global initiative. Their presentation focused on four priority issues, including work and society, decent jobs for all, the governance of work, and the organisation of work and production.

The round-table meeting on the implementation of the Future of Work initiative was attended by representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.