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Newsletter April, 2021

Global Development of International Labour Standards, a new IOE publication

April, 2021
  • The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) has contributed a publication for an international comparative guide.
  • The chapter provides an overview of the development of International Labour Standards (ILS), including the processes of standard-setting, ratification, and supervisory procedures at the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

International Labour Organisation Committee on Freedom of Association, Outcome of the March 2021 session

April, 2021
  • Summary of the legal basis and role of this ILO organ
  • Relevant cases examined in the March 2021 session dealt with essential services during strike action and the violation of trade union rights

International migration and innovative start-ups: the IOE-Seedstars Migration challenge

April, 2021
  • At the end of the GFMD 2021 Summit, the winner of the IOE-Seedstars Migration challenge was proclaimed: it is the tech start-up DignifAI, providing concrete support to the employment of migrant population in the Colombian-Venezuelan and Brazilian-Venezuelan borders.
  • A new migration challenge for 2022 was just launched

European Commission launches a consultation on the employment status of platform workers

April, 2021
  • The European Commission started consulting social partners with a view to possibly undertake action “to address the challenges related to working conditions in the platform work”.
  • The World Employment Confederation-Europe and BUSINESSEUROPE submitted their views and asked the EU Commission to refrain from using a one-size-fits all approach to regulation of platform work at the EU level.
Newsletter March, 2021

International migration: a roundup of the Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit

March, 2021
  • The GFMD 2021 Summit dealt with the topic of “The future of human mobility: innovative partnerships for sustainable development”
  • The representative of employers, the Business Advisory Group on Migration, presented a series of six recommendations, including enhanced public-private cooperation, improved legal pathways for employment and better leveraging of technology

OECD Database on collective bargaining systems was published

March, 2021
  • The database on up-to-2020 collective bargaining processes for wage-setting and minimum wages on 56 OECD/non- OECD countries was released
  • The database provides comparable data on trade union and employers’ organisations density as well as on the role played by these actors in each collective bargaining system

The European Labour Authority and its role in cross border labour inspections

March, 2021
  • In February 2021, the European Labour Authority (ELA) announced to be fully operational to conduct concerted and joint labour inspections
  • A set of simplified standard procedures for national authorities and social partners on how to initiate and follow-up cross-border inspections was issued
Newsletter February, 2021

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

ILO publication on employers’ organizations’ key contribution to society

February, 2021
  • The International Labour Organisation, Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP) recently released a publication on the role played by the employers and business membership organizations (EBMOs) in the Covid-19 pandemic where EBMOs have demonstrated agility, resilience and the ability to innovate.
  • It also focuses on the way ahead and the services EBMOs will have to reinforce and ideas for concrete actions.

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

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”.