Plenary meeting address Kris De Meester Employer delegate Belgium The 19th hole Good morning ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues. Last year when addressing this plenary I talked in golf terms about bogey and birdie meaning a substandard ILO contribution to decent work in sustainable enterprises or an outstanding approach. When Director-Generals Guy Ryder came to our… Read More

Healthy workplaces “How do we create an organization where people are able and willing to do their best work?”

2 years of collecting and disseminating information, research, good practices and tools about the psychosocial aspects of work in general and stress in particular culminate today in the this closing event of the 2014-2015 healthy workplaces campaign. This topic is extremely important for the business community. We want our workers to deliver a productive contribution;… Read More

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