ILO 100 on Future of Work

Future of Work Seminar: Its Impact to Youth and Occupational Safety and Health

The world of work is undergoing major changes that will continue, and potentially intensify, in the future. In the first half of 2019, all ILO member States will be invited to organize events to mark the ILO's Centenary and to discuss the report of the Future of Work Commission.

Objectives

Objectives of the seminars are to:

  • Significantly contribute to the improvement of national OSH achievements including the protection of young workers in Indonesia;
  • Engage a broad public constituency on the issue of OSH for youth;
  • Build and strengthen capacity of key stakeholders, especially youth, in future of work initiatives that can deliver concrete and sustainable progress towards a national culture of workplace prevention.

Background and Justification

The world of work is undergoing major changes that will continue, and potentially intensify, in the future. In the first half of 2019, all ILO member States will be invited to organize events to mark the ILO's Centenary and to discuss the report of the Future of Work Commission. The culmination of the FoW initiative will be the 2019 International Labour Conference, with the possible adoption of a Centenary Declaration. To better understand and to respond effectively to these new challenges, the ILO launched a “Future of Work” (FoW) initiative and proposed four “centenary conversations” for debates aligned to its centenary anniversary in 2019: (i) work and society; (ii) decent work for all; (iii) the organization of work and production; and (iv) the governance of work.

The rationale underpinning the FoW initiative stems from the challenges facing the ILO and member States to address the implications of transformational change in global labour markets and the world of work; the opportunity to step back and to look at longer term dynamics; and, to assess the direction of change and to think through what they require of national institutions and the ILO.

The Concept of the Future of Work is still not widely known in Indonesia. This concept has only been used so far in relation to work that is digital in nature and is associated with Industry 4.0. Therefore, the implications associated with the Future of Work concept including and especially occupational safety and health (OSH) and the protection of young workers from occupational hazards are not yet well identified.

This situation directly affects the national policy making process regarding the development of the FoW and its relation with OSH and young workers. The enhancement of knowledge on FoW among key national stakeholders should therefore be initiated. Knowledge and understanding among national stakeholders involved in the development of the FoW, and in adapting to the changes it will necessarily bring, is therefore quite timely.

The Response

Based on this, the ILO Jakarta Office, in collaboration with selected organization/institution, is to organize two seminars on “Future of Work and its Impact for Young Workers”. These seminars are aimed to broaden perspectives and understanding of future of work, and the problems faced in improving the protection of young workers in Indonesia.

Seminar participants will participate in the development of recommendations for policy makers, programme managers, relevant institutions and civil society, concerning the issue of improving OSH for Young Workers. Key resources for this activity include the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan (2018), the ILO Report on ‘Improving the Safety and Health of Young Workers’ (2018), and the recently issued ILO Report on the Future of Work (2019).


Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11.

This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project or program is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.