Informal to formal

The International Labour Conference just approved the recommendation on the transition form informal to formal economy. After 2 years of hard work and lengthy discussions a majority of 484 voted in favor, 1 against and 5 abstentions.  On this occasion a lot is already said by my colleagues (both from employer, worker as government side).… Read More



INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION 103rd ILC – Plenary meeting address – Kris De Meester – Employer delegate Belgium –   Good morning ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues. While reflecting upon the Director-Generals report and the topics of this conference, there is one word that comes to my mind. That word is crossroads. Many countries, economies, regions… Read More

Wereldwijde actie voor werkgelegenheid en sociale rechtvaardigheid

United we stand, Divided we fall. Together we are what we can’t be alone…   Afgelopen woensdag 28 mei was het de officiële kick-off van de 103de (!) Internationale Arbeidsconferentie. Onder de vlag “Building a future with decent work” bespreken ongeveer 4.000 vertegenwoordigers van regeringen, werkgevers en vakbonden uit 185 lidstaten een reeks onderwerpen gaande… Read More

Haiku time!

International Labour Conference, plenary meeting address Kris De Meester, Employer delegate Belgium Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues. Allow me to share with you some observations, comments and proposals regarding the DG report and the topics of this conference. The topics I will cover in my speech are ‘realities, renewal and tripartite commitment’. I’m sure you… Read More

ILC2013 Quotes

“Today is amendment day at the ILO. Our work here is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.” Kris De Meester, employer delegate Belgium   “If you don’t find any merit in… Read More