Future of Work: EU promoting ILO Centenary Declaration

The EU has set out guidelines to implement the ILO (International Labour Organization) Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in Member States, promoting a human-centred approach to work.

On 24 October 2019 the European Council adopted the conclusions to implement the ILO’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, which promotes a human-centred approach to the future of work. This follows the active role the EU played in promoting its adoption at the International Labour Conference.

The conclusions encourage Member States to continue their efforts to ratify and effectively implement ILO Conventions and to step up efforts to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to decent work. In this context the EU supports efforts to formally recognise safe and healthy working conditions as fundamental rights at work.

Many issues covered by the Council conclusions resonate with the European Pillar of Social Rights, which include:

  • enhanced labour and social protection
  • minimum wage
  • life-long learning and support through transitions
  • equal opportunities
  • work-life balance
  • solidarity
  • and care economy

The conclusions also touch upon the EU’s work to do, as regards addressing decent work challenges in the new forms of work and new business models, as well as strengthening the institutions of work.

For more information see ec.europa.eu

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