Social dialogue in Europe and its role in international labour policy and social policy

“Nothing less than the future of work is at stake these days”, said EZA President Luc Van den Brande in his speech on June 17, 2019, during the plenary session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva.

He congratulated the ILO on its 100th anniversary, which is being celebrated this year.

For the first time since 2011, the anniversary ILC succeeded in voting on an international convention. It is aimed at helping eliminate violence and harassment from the world of work, and giving workers affected better global protection against such aggression.

The anniversary conference also focused on the report by the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, which had presented this ground-breaking document early this year to describe how a better future can be achieved in times of far-reaching and rapid changes in the world of work.

During the ILC, a declaration on this was discussed and adopted. It is an affirmation of the significance of the ILO’s mandate in the changing world of work, a strong declaration of intent to the world, and a roadmap for the action of the ILO itself.

At the ILC, Luc Van den Brande said: “For EZA, the ILO is of outstanding importance. It is above all because employers, governments and workers here jointly set international legislation and monitor compliance with it. The centenary of the ILO should give us all courage, energy and hope [to work for a better future]”.