The world of work is undergoing disruptive change. The values underpinning work and the consideration that work is itself rewarding are issues which still play a central role. The 100th anniversary of the ILO brings to mind this critical dimension, with the principle that ‘labour is not a commodity’ that is brought to the fore again, as it has inspired labour legislation in all countries. While pointing out the centrality and relevance of this principle, the ILO’s centenary also prompts us to go back to the discussion about what is work today.
An awareness arises of the global challenges resulting from economic, demographic, ecological changes has led to evaluate the advisability to create new work identities, adopting the perspective which is based on social justice and sustainability. It is therefore important is to examine the ways and the means through which the principle “labour is not a commodity” has been developed and their practical implications, to understand the ongoing socio-economic changes and their impact on such policy, and to analyze the role of public institutions and private stakeholders operating in the context where this principle is implemented.
Drawing on the report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work Work for a brighter future, this conference organized by ADAPT in partnership with the ILO aims to deal with the topics discussed above, focusing on the aspects examined in the report.
The ILO and ADAPT’s International School of Higher Education in Labour Law and Industrial Relations invite professors, researchers, graduate students, professionals and all those who have an interest in the conference topics, from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, to present their contributions on the following issues. They will help to examine from an international and comparative perspective, the practical implication that the principle “labour is not a commodity” has had, or will have, on their work.