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Newsletter February, 2021

Ireland implements the National Remote Work Strategy: policy and practical application

February, 2021
  • On 15 January 2021, the Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment published its National Remote Work Strategy, called ‘Making Remote Work’.
  • The strategy aims at ensuring that “remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits”.

IOE and WEC propose the road to a sustainable recovery for employment and decent work

February, 2021
  • Based on four drivers (informality, private sector growth, creating opportunities and digital transformation), the report puts forward a series of policy recommendations for sustained job recovery

IOE calls for leveraging digital opportunities

February, 2021
  • IOE responds to the recently published ILO World Employment and Social Outlook Report by underlying that digital platforms are important contributors to fostering innovation, reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty.
  • This and other topics will be the subject of a Discussion Forum on 11 March 2021
Newsletter January, 2021

Panama: outcomes of the tripartite Dialogue for Labour Economy and Development, including the regulation on telework

January, 2021
  • The tripartite dialogue concluded with 23 consensual agreements on various matters
  • It triggered the discussion and finalisation of the implementing regulation on telework

Mapping on new forms of work in the countries of the European Union and Norway

January, 2021
  • Eurofound research highlighted and measured 9 new forms of work
  • It proposed policymakers to focus on “balancing flexibility with the retention of employment standards and workers’ protection”.
Newsletter December, 2020

Singapore United: an initiative to get together and be stronger

December, 2020
  • Covid-19 pushed Singaporeans to play a role during the peak of the pandemic, from showing their appreciation for workers on the frontline to volunteering in support of the vulnerable persons of the society.
  • Singapore United was launched by the Singaporean Government to allow everyone to give their support in a coordinate manner.

Italy: the private employment service sector signs an agreement clarifying the coverage of extensions for fixed-term contracts

December, 2020
  • The private employment service sector signs an agreement with the trade unions that clarifies the “neutrality” of this extension vis-à-vis the maximum number of extensions.
Newsletter November, 2020

Mexico: Presidential initiative to ban “outsourcing” to be discussed by the Parliament

November, 2020
  • The reform aims at limiting outsourcing only to the provision of specialized services that are not part of the beneficiary’s main economic activity.
  • National social partners met President Lopez Obrador, who expressed the government’s openness to dialogue.
  • IOE and WEC underlined their concern and offered support to draft a future-proof labour market regulation.

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