Work and Employment Forum “Future of Work in Russia”

On 27 October Olga Koulaeva, Director of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, made a presentation at the Work and Employment Forum “Future of Work in Russia”.

News | 27 October 2021
She pointed out that the development prospects of social and labour sphere were high on the agenda of international agencies, governments, employers and trade unions. In 2013, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization put forward an initiative called the Future of Work, with the ILO adopting the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in 2019, its anniversary year. It is also worth noting that the 109th session of the International Labour Conference adopted the Global Call for Action which identified the policies to ensure a human-centred post-pandemic recovery.

Olga Koulaeva discussed the international experience of introducing remote work arrangements stressing the positive experience of the Russian Federation which showed an example of legal regulation of remote work. “The ILO is willing to replicate this positive experience”, she said.

The Work and Employment Forum “Future of Work in Russia” has taken place as part of the 2021 Russian Business Week. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) which marks its 30th anniversary this year held the Week in a new mixed format – as a face-to-face and online event. The forum was attended by the heads of federal executive agencies, employer associations, companies and trade unions as well as representatives of the expert community.

The participants discussed the development of new forms of employment, labour market trends in the “new employment” context; job transformation under the impact of new technologies including digitalization; improvement of worker skills and modernization of vocational training; improvement of social partnership arrangements, balancing the interests of employers and workers in the labour law; improving the effectiveness of social protection at work.

The forum concluded with a resolution which said that “the world of work is going through major changes caused by the combined effect of demographic developments, accelerating technological progress and digitization, globalization, emergence of new forms of work as a result of the spread of new business models and evolving worker preferences. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only required urgent action from the Russian Government and business but also further triggered the transformation of the world of work.”