Switzerland urges ILO to confront rapid labour changes

Helen Shok Jok, Geneva.

The Swiss President, Johann Schneider-Ammann has advocated a strong International Labour Organisation (ILO), that is equip and ready to respond to rapid change in the world of work.

He made the call at the on-going 105th Session of International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Schneider-Ammann who is the guest of honour to the conference called on the ILO’s constituents to engage in earnest consideration of the future of work.

The President of the Swiss Confederation said the organisation should ensure that it occupies a central position in discussions of the measures required to prepare for the changes taking place.

He said “The standards supervisory system must be adapted to the realities of the world of tomorrow, so that the ILO can fully discharge its mandate for social justice in the twenty-first century.”

Switzerland wants  to be fully involved in the commemoration of the ILO centenary in 2019 and the future of work initiative launch.

Schneider-Ammann recalled the role Switzerland has played since the ILO was founded, and underscored the values shared by his country and the ILO, in particular with regard to social justice.

According to him, “Switzerland is proud to have helped change the view of human beings as factors of production.

“With decent work, the ILO has placed the individual at the centre of economic activity in a spirit of solidarity,” he added.

Schneider-Ammann who is also the Swiss Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour,  stressed several values shared in Switzerland, which can promote the economic growth needed to generate decent jobs.

He referred in particular to macroeconomic and institutional stability, effective social dialogue, economic freedom, training and innovations and inclusive social protection as ways of achieving ILO’s objectives.

While recalling that the “future of work is jobs for the young,” the President reiterated the need to invest in basic education and in “occupational training.”

In his message, the ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder commended Switzerland’s strong participation in the ILO.

“Switzerland and the ILO undeniably have much in common. We have shared principles of openness, dialogue and human dignity,” he said.