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
104th International Labour Conference 2015: Birdie of bogey?
International Labour Conference 2015 & the future of work
“We need to look at the longer term drivers of change, the transformational mega-trends, and what they imply for the goals we pursue in the ILO in its second century.” – ILO Director General Guy Ryder 4000 employer, worker and government delegates from 185 countries gathering in Geneva to discuss the transition from informal economy,… Read More
I love prevention, but do I have any impact?
On this world health and safety at work day, I am extremely happy that the Latvia presidency of the EU decided to have a conference with as theme “From strategic framework towards effective implementation – OSH can be simple and entertaining”. Happy, because to me it means we don’t need to have endless discussions about… Read More
Occupational safety and health in the future: a mirror palace…
My first views and reaction to the recent Commission Communication on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020* Dear all, God gave us 86400 seconds a day. Let me just use 10 of them to thank all people involved in the organization of this event and bringing us tot his magical… 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
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
“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
Impressive? Or madness to bring gather all those delegations from all-over the world for 3 weeks in meeting rooms in Geneva?