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Newsletter January, 2021

Business and labour organisations’ call to G20 governments

January, 2021
  • On 1st December 2020, Italy took over the G20 Presidency
  • This highly challenging period will require a lot of efforts from all G20 members to deliver an inclusive and resilient recovery
  • The IOE, together with 13 international business and labour organisations, have signed a joint letter to G20 governments calling to ensure that “building back better” is not just a mantra but materialises into concrete positive outcomes

The best and worst of Covid-19 responses, Adecco analysis of 20 countries

January, 2021
  • The paper provides a comparison of policy responses based on macroeconomic and pandemic indicators
  • This is a useful tool for policy action and advocacy purposes
  • 20 countries and their responses by October 2020 were examined

Brexit and its repercussions on employment law

January, 2021
  • The European Union and the UK were able to conclude a trade and cooperation agreement to regulate their future relationship
  • This agreement will have important repercussions on employment law. It has also consequences on the social security regimes and bilateral agreements

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

100 years of the International Organisation of Employer: “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead” (Nelson Mandela)

December, 2020
  • The Centennial of the IOE was celebrated through several virtual centenary-related events, culminated with the General Council of the 24 November 2020.
  • Throughout the discussion participants reflected on the past, present and future of IOE.

Outcomes of the survey report on enterprises response and impact of the Covid-19 crisis

December, 2020
  • The International Labour Organization – Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ILO-ACT/EMP) has recently published the outcome of a global survey conducted in cooperation with Employer and Business Membership Organizations (EBMOs).
  • The report allows a better understanding about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on enterprise activities.

What is the situation of workers stranded at sea? A resolution adopted by the ILO Governing Body aims at mobilise governments

December, 2020
  • The resolution urges ILO Member States to engage in collaborative actions to identify obstacles to crew changes, and establish time-bound plans to solve this situation
  • In order to facilitate the movement of workers, the resolution suggests to designate seafarers as “key workers”.
Newsletter November, 2020

International Labour Office report on the use of peak-level social dialogue, globally and regionally, in the early stage of Covid-19 pandemic

November, 2020
  • The initial phase of the pandemic saw a widespread use of social dialogue processes.
  • In the great majority of countries, social dialogue processes achieved “specific and visible process outcomes”.
  • Most outcomes related to support enterprises, jobs and incomes, and occupational safety and health at the workplace.

International Labour Office factsheet on "the role of social dialogue and the social partners in addressing the consequences of Covid-19 in the informal economy"

November, 2020
  • This short paper provides interesting examples on how social partners have been able to include the informal sector during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
Newsletter October, 2020

G20 Ministerial Declaration on Labour and Employment and B20 Taskforce recommendations

October, 2020
  • G20 Ministries of Labour and Employment provided unconditional support to prioritising decent jobs for all and a robust and adaptive social protection system.
  • The B20 released its recommendations on the Future of Work and Education.

UNDP suggests the introduction of a temporary basic income to protect poor and vulnerable people in developing countries

October, 2020
  • Measures of economic support for the most vulnerable have been adopted by certain countries;
  • The UNDP report is providing the cost of this measure, with three possible scenarios according to the financial possibility of the country

Federation of West African Employers’ Organisations (FOPAO) provides the business perspective to the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) on Covid-19 recovery

October, 2020
  • FOPAO focused on support companies, diversification, employment support, health and safety of workers beyond Covid-19.

Social partners of the countries of the European Union: a new study to assess capacity gaps and needs for effective social dialogue

October, 2020
  • The study showed how the weakness of social partners and lack of representativeness can hinder effective social dialogue;
  • Legislative reforms and a supportive role of the state are key to improve social dialogue processes.
  • Employers stressed on the need to ensure autonomy of the social partners and sufficient room for manoeuvre.

Violation of EU General Data Protection Regulation can result in heavy fines for companies

October, 2020
  • GDPR covers all data protection, including employment data and customer data.
  • Companies should carefully control the respect for the Regulation to avoid heavy penalties.
Newsletter September, 2020

IOE Centenary Summit: “Achieving a multilateralism reset: Business contribution”

September, 2020
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressed the business community during the IOE Centenary Summit. 
  • The meeting focused on the role of social partners within the multilateral system, the importance of social dialogue and the private sector led economic growth recovery from the pandemic 

IOE launches its Centenary Manifesto: a guide for the next centenary

September, 2020
  • On 2 September 2020, IOE members formally adopted the IOE Centenary Manifesto
  • The document details IOE core values inspired by its establishment a centenary ago and will continue to guide its work in the next centenary.  
  •  It elaborates on how governments and businesses can work together to meet emerging and future transformations in the world of work.   

Employment Protection Legislation in comparison: Chapter 3 of OECD Employment Outlook 2020

September, 2020
  • The OECD Employment Protection Legislation is a publication to be commended. 
  • Chapter 3 elaborates on how job protection matters for labour market and economic outcomes with a recently updated methodology and indicators. 
  • One key outcome: open-ended contracts have loosened, while fixed term contracts have been evenly loosened and restricted across OECD member countries. 
  • Chapter 3 outcomes are key for employers’ organisations and companies when advocating for policies in support of innovation, agility of the labour market, and productivity.   
Newsletter August, 2020

WEC Social Impact Report 2020: an analysis of social protection coverage across diverse forms of work

August, 2020
  • The World Employment Confederation (WEC) released its annual Social Impact Report on 6 August 2020.
  • Different important social protection coverage according to the form of work are reported.

IOE prepares its Centenary Summit on 2 September 2020

August, 2020
  • IOE members will virtually gather on 2 September 2020
  • The meeting will focus on business input to a reset of multilateral relations

Fourteen Governments signed a joint statement to improve seafarers and shipowners’ conditions in Covid-19 times

August, 2020
  • Covid-19 crisis stranded seafarers and deteriorated safety in the maritime sector.
  • The joint statement acknowledged the need to change crew despite the travel restrictions and indicated ways to overcome this problem.
  • To date the situation has not improved.

Eurofound policy brief on employees’ involvement in decision making: key insights for employers

August, 2020
  • Eurofound recently published a policy brief on “How does employees’ involvement in decision-making benefit organisations?”.
  • The higher is the employees’ involvement the best companies are benefited.
Newsletter July, 2020

ILO Global Summit on “COVID-19 and the World of Work - Building a better future of work”: outcome of discussions and main messages

July, 2020
  • Employers’ representatives presented 10 key messages articulating the private sector needs and perspectives for a fast, sustainable and inclusive recovery.
  • Private sector led economic growth, a conducive environment for businesses development and resilience; tackling informality with innovative approaches; investment in skills and the role of the private sector within the multilateral system were highlighted as particularly relevant.
  • Workers’ representatives expressed their 4 priorities, mainly focusing on extended health and safety and social protection.
  • Governments stressed on the value of the Centenary Declaration as the framework for the recovery.

OECD Employment Outlook 2020 and Employers’ Viewpoints

July, 2020
  • The OECD Employment Outlook 2020 focuses on Worker security and Covid-19 crisis.
  • Chapter 1 provides valuable insights and data on the impact of Covid-19 on the labour market and the policy responses in OECD countries.  
  • The following chapters furnish information on the access to unemployment benefits, a comparative review of employment protection legislation (EPL) across OECD countries, the situation of middle-skilled workers, and the consequences of the pandemic on vocational education and training graduates.

G20, OECD, ILO underline the importance of social protection measures, legislation & policies during Covid-19

July, 2020
  • Important gaps in social protection worldwide make it impossible to provide adequate relief during Covid-19
  • The establishment of a Global Fund for Social Protection is currently under consideration

European Social Partners Framework Agreement on Digitalisation

July, 2020
  • European social partners demonstrated how to provide practical solutions to deal with the challenges related to the digital transformation in the world of work and to optimise the benefits for enterprises and workers.
  • They presented a dynamic circular process as well as solutions for different issues linked to digitalisation.
Newsletter July, 2020

Developments on the Call to Action in the garment sector

July, 2020
  • An International Working Group met regularly to implement the Call
  • 8 Priority countries were identified
  • A first contact was taken with financial Institutions and donors

International social dialogue in action: “ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work - Building a better future of work”

July, 2020
  • ILO Constituents will virtually meet to discuss the challenges and responses of countries still in the midst of the pandemic, as well as those that have started the recovery phase.

International Organisations Published Trackers on Economic and Social Measures and Social Partners’ Participation in Times of Covid-19

July, 2020
  • Detailed information is available online on economic sustainability and income support measures.

Private Employment Services Pave the Road to Recovery after Covid-19

July, 2020
  • WEC presented its three areas of priorities to recovery, namely developing the conditions for going back to work, facilitating activation and transition of agency workers, and allowing the access to social protection.

IOE Expanded its Collaboration with WHO on the Covid-19 Response

July, 2020
  • Private sector played a key role during the Covid-19 crisis: WHO published further proposals of action.
  • IOE became part of the WHO’s “Private Sector Outreach Coordination Group for the Covid-19 pandemic response”.

Employers’ Organisations Have Access to a New Training Platform on OSH

July, 2020
  • The interactive platform allows Employers’ Organisation to acquire parts or all of the training modules to offer as a new service to their members.
  • Social dialogue is a key component of the training.
Newsletter May, 2020

ILO (Bureau for Employers’ Activities ACT/EMP) published an employers’ guide on “Managing your workplace during Covid-19”

May, 2020
  • ILO ACT/EMP supported employers’ organisations by publishing a guide on workplace relations, employment and safety issues.

Global Action in the Garment Industry

May, 2020
  • Employers, workers and major brands joined a call for action to support the garment industry.
  • An international working group was established in the upcoming weeks.

HR Services Create Alliance to Safely Go Back to Work

May, 2020
  • CEOs from three global HR services companies join forces in an Alliance to pool health and safety guidelines, processes and protocols across sectors and countries that help prepare for the “new normal” in the world of work.
  • The initiative is a global call for companies, employers’ organisations, workers, trade unions and institutions and governments to join the Alliance.

IOE becomes a Global Information Hub for Covid-19

May, 2020
  • IOE offered a new range of services to its members.
  • IOE called for the creation of a UN-led response fund.

Common Goals for the European Social Partners

May, 2020
  • European social partners present their common goals to the European Union Institutions.
  • Social partners indicated the measures to be taken during the emergency, exit and recovery phases of the crisis.

Temporary Agency Work Industry: Joint Recommendations from the European Sectoral Social Partners

May, 2020
  • WEC-Europe and Uni-Europe published joint recommendations for the temporary agency work industry to mitigate the impact of the crisis and prepare for the recovery.
  • This joint effort is addressed to employment agencies and their user undertakings, as well as governments and policymakers.

High-level Social Dialogue: IOE and ITUC Conclude a Joint Statement

May, 2020
  • IOE and ITUC joint statement urges international organisations to react quickly with enhanced cooperation and coordination.