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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.