Workshop

Tripartite Workshop Trade and Labour Market Challenges in Mexico

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Research Department, the ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba and the European Commission (EC) are jointly organizing a research seminar and tripartite workshop in Mexico City over 1.5 days. The two events, which will take place on 27-28th February 2020, are within the framework of the project “Trade, enterprises and labour markets: diagnostic and firm level assessment”. The aim of the project is to inform on polices to anticipate and mitigate the labour market impacts of trade at the macro and enterprise level through a better understanding of the methodologies, frameworks and indicators used to assess impacts. In doing so, the project will go beyond quantitative metrics of the labour markets such as employment and productivity and analysis labour rights and working conditions.

The Tripartite Workshop on February 28th (half day) will engage ILO constituents in a discussion on trade and labour market challenges in Mexico, with specific emphasis on sectoral and enterprise-level considerations. It will relate this discussion to the initial findings and framework of the ILO’s study on indicators and methodological approaches for assessing the labour market effects of trade, and identify key issues for additional analysis and follow-up. The target participants (approximately 40) are government representatives, and representatives from employers’ and workers’ organizations, both from within and outside Mexico City.

PROGRAMME

9:00-9:30 Registration and coffee

9:30-10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Gerardina González Marroquín, Director, ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba
  • Lluís Prats, Head of Unit International Affairs, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

10:00-11:00 Panel I: Presentation of research findings

Moderator: Gerardina González Marroquín, Director, ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba

The session aims at presenting the preliminary research findings of the ILO-EC project on Trade, enterprises and labour markets: diagnostic and firm level assessment (ASSESS). The presentation of the main results will facilitate the discussions among social partners on a number of linked topics, including inequality, informality, and social insurance. It intends to provide an opportunity to get concrete recommendations on how this study can reflect the evidence and challenges in assessing labour market effects of trade.
  • Presentation of preliminary findings: Marva Corley-Coulibaly, ILO Research Department
  • Policy relevance: Lluís Prats, Head of Unit International Affairs, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Initial reactions from tripartite constituents

Coffee break: 11:00-11:30

11:30 - 13:30 Panel II: Social partners’ discussions

Moderator: Helmut Schwarzer, ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba

This session aims at facilitating an open consultation with social partners on specific questions regarding the impacts of trade on working conditions and challenges to decent and productive work. Participants are organized in groups to allow the participation of as many social partners. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to cover various topics of interest and will lead the discussion.