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BWU Elected as Vice President of the 19th Regional Conference of the Americas
Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:02

The Executive Council of The Barbados Workers’ Union (B.W.U.) congratulates the General Secretary, Senator Toni Moore, on being elected as a Vice President of the 19th Regional Conference of the Americas. Senator Moore was one of three Vice Presidents elected at the conference. The Government Vice-President is Ms Graciela Sosa of Argentina and the Employer Vice-President is Mr Severo Sousa of Panama.

The conference took place in Panama City, Panama from the 2 – 5 October 2018 with discussions surrounding the Report of the ILO Director General “Preparing the Future of Work We Want in the Americas Through Social Dialogue”. In the introduction of the Report, the Director General stated “The discussion on the future of work is part of the times in which we are living. Profound and rapid changes are generating transformations that directly impact labour markets and this leads to anxiety and to doubts about the future: what will happen to the jobs of the future? Where will our children work? … And their children?

2. The 19th American Regional Meeting takes place in Panama at a time when discussion and reflection on these transformations are occurring throughout the world. And the ILO has taken a leadership role in addressing this issue through an initiative on the future of work. 3. In pursuit of this reflection, a Global Commission on the Future of Work, convened last year by the ILO, will present its report next year, clarifying the strategies and directions we need to take in order to create the future of work we want, based on the premise that the destination has yet to be written and that we can bring our influence to bear in order to mitigate its negative impacts and make better use of the opportunities it provides. 4. Latin America and the Caribbean are not exempt from these concerns nor are the United States and Canada”.

A number of thematic plenary sittings were held: the first being Preparing the future of work we want: Policies for sustainable, productive development for sustained and inclusive growth, with more and better decent jobs. The second Preparing the future of work we want: Policies to promote the transition from the informal to the formal economy and to respond to accelerating technological change and to diverse forms of employment. The third was Preparing the future of work we want: Measures and policies to strengthen and redesign institutions in the world of work, including social security, and to ensure that trade union and labour rights are fully upheld and the Fourth Preparing the future of work we want: The digital economy and labour skills and competencies

The Regional Conference of the Americas takes place every four years

 

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