Promoting Decent Work for All
Sheila Pantry OBE
Work is central to people’s well-being. In addition to providing income, work can pave the way for broader social and economic advancement, strengthening individuals, their families and communities. Such progress, however, hinges on work that is decent. Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has developed an agenda for the community of work. It provides support through integrated Decent Work Country Programmes developed in coordination with its constituents. Putting the Decent Work Agenda into practice is achieved through the implementation of the ILO’s four strategic objectives, with gender equality as a crosscutting objective:
- Creating Jobs – an economy that generates opportunities for investment, entrepreneurship, skills development, job creation and sustainable livelihoods.
- Guaranteeing rights at work – to obtain recognition and respect for the rights of workers. All workers, and in particular disadvantaged or poor workers, need representation, participation, and laws that work for their interests.
- Extending social protection – to promote both inclusion and productivity by ensuring that women and men enjoy working conditions that are safe, allow adequate free time and rest, take into account family and social values, provide for adequate compensation in case of lost or reduced income and permit access to adequate healthcare.
- Promoting social dialogue – Involving strong and independent workers’ and employers’ organizations is central to increasing productivity, avoiding disputes at work, and building cohesive societies.
In a radio interview ahead of the G20 Leaders’ summit in Saint Petersburg on 5-6 September 2013, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder stressed the need to boost consumer demand to spur growth and create new jobs.
He has urged G20 leaders to take decisive action to create more and better jobs. In an interview he gave before heading to Saint Petersburg for a summit of the G20, Ryder painted a glum picture of the employment situation.
“As you know there is a total of about 93 million people unemployed in the G20 countries alone. That is about the equivalent of the entire population of Germany and there are 200 million or so unemployed in the world.” “I think it is fair to say that every G20 country faces major jobs challenges and some face social tensions often linked to those challenges. And this situation is unlikely to change unless decisive action is taken. And that needs to start happening right now with the G20 in Saint Petersburg. So the message the ILO will be stressing is that these measures need to strengthen in particular domestic demand which will increase global aggregate demand, get growth moving and bring new jobs into circulation.”
English: Decisive action on jobs needed at G20, says ILO [MP3 – 2.2 MB]
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