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9 December 2016

ILO deputy director to discuss future of work

What are the major transformations affecting the world of work and how is the UN’s specialised agency on labour issues tackling them?

The world of work is undergoing what many are describing as the fourth industrial revolution. There are several forces transforming it, from the onward march of technology and the impact of climate change to the changing character of production and employment, to name a few.

In Australia, predictions that more than 40 per cent of existing jobs will be gone in less than 10 years have become commonplace.

Is this an inevitable outcome?

In the final of the Victorian Fabians’ four-part series on the Future of Work, Greg Vines, the International Labour Organization’s Deputy Director will discuss how the ILO and its unique structure of government, workers and employer representatives are responding to these new challenges affecting the world of work.

“In the lead-up to our centenary in 2019, we will be look at how technology, demography, climate change and globalisation are driving change in the world of work,” Mr Vines said.

“Through a global network of think-tanks and academics we will delve into how these things will affect the future of work. What will it mean for society, what’s the future for unions and employer associations, what role will governments play in regulating the workplace and what will those workplaces look like?

“In the first of our three-part initiative, 130 ILO member states will conduct forums between governments, employers and workers to consider how work will change in their countries.

“The outcomes will be consolidated with the ILO’s research and considered by a Global Commission on the Future of Work to be established in mid-2017.

“The commission will prepare a report and recommendations to be submitted to the International Labour Conference in 2019.”

The ILO was established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles and became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1949.
Greg Vines has had an extensive career in executive management within Australia and internationally. The focus of his work has been on labour relations, organisation and workplace change, governance, and human resource management.

The event will be held at the Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on Wednesday December 14. It begins at 6pm. For more information, visit www.fabians.org.au/events.

To interview Greg Vines, contact Phillip Money, Victorian Fabians, on 0403883417.