The Future of Work International Forum in Ufa

The International Forum “Future of Work: Decent Work for All” took place on February 4-5 at the Toratau Congress Hall in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan. The forum’s primary goal was to discuss priority problems in the area of industrial relations and the principles of shaping the future of work, as well as to exchange opinions and experience of promoting social dialogue.

News | 05 February 2019
UFA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION (ILO News) - The forum was held in commemoration of the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the centenary of Bashkortostan. The forum was attended by the representatives of governments, trade unions and employers’ organizations from the  CIS and European countries, international institutions, federal executive authorities, regional labour and employment departments, and the research community.

In opening the forum, Radiy Khabirov, acting head of Bashkortostan, said that “global changes taking place worldwide are affecting everyone. The situation in many areas including industrial relations is evolving dramatically. This forum demonstrates that, with regard to the development of work and employment, many Russian regions including our republic are keeping pace with the international community”.

The choice of Bashkortostan as the forum’s venue is not accidental, Radiy Khabirov said. The region was one of the first in Russia to adopt the regional Decent Work Programme while successfully participating in All-Russia competitions such as “Best in the Job”, “Highest Social Impact Organization in Russia”, the WorldSkills movement.

Olga Koulaeva, Director of the ILO Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, made a speech at the forum to present the main conclusions of the report by the Global Commission on the Future of Work established by the ILO. She said that the report proposed a human-centred agenda for the future of work that strengthens the social contract by placing people and the work they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practice.

At the forum’s six panels, the participants discussed how work would evolve in the future. This included the issues such as youth employment including in the context of new challenges and opportunities brought by the digital economy, development of social partnership between businesses and trade unions, gender equality and inclusive work culture, as well as the role of employment services in the modern context.