Let’s bring fairness to tomorrow’s labour market!

This was one of the appeals made by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his address to the ILS Academy 2017

In his address to our ILS Academy,  the ILO Director-General discussed the future of work , social justice and decent work. (video)


In 2019, the International Labour Organization ─ the oldest specialized UN agency ─ celebrates its 100th anniversary. In the run up to the anniversary, seven Centenary Initiatives are being implemented – part of a package of activities to equip the Organization to continue to perform its social justice mandate effectively in the years ahead. The ILO Centenary Standards Initiative is one of the seven, and was mentioned this morning.

The aim of the Standards Initiative is to consolidate tripartite consensus around an authoritative supervisory system and to enhance the relevance of International Labour Standards through a Standards Review Mechanism.

Mr Ryder also commented “(….) And that brings me to the fourth and last of the conversations in our centenary initiative which is the essential debate about the governance of work. What are the rules, practices, institutions and actors we need to shape the future world of work so that it responds to the values for which the ILO stands: the values of social justice.

This is, of course – the subject of your Academy – very relevant to the international labour standards. The question before us is whether the normative structure we have put together over nearly one hundred years of our history is fit to the purpose of bringing fairness to tomorrow’s labour markets – of making sure that work is indeed, decent”.



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