It is necessary to invest in training people, social protection and new forms of green and digital work, considering that Europe has enormous possibilities to do so, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, urged on Friday (7 May) as EU leaders met for the Social Summit in Porto.
“We need to invest in training people in social protection and gender equality. We need to invest in institutional work and social dialogue. We need to invest in new forms of work, above all, green and digital. It seems to me that we are on the way,” Ryder stressed.
He was speaking at the working session dedicated to the theme “Work and Jobs”, which also counted with the participation of several prime ministers of member states and the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.
At the session, Ryder stressed that Europe has enormous possibilities to carry out the commitments evident in the European Social Pillar, recalling that their expectations were enormous.
We can be sure that the world of work in 2030 will be very different from today’s world of work. The question is whether it will be the way we want it or the way we don’t want it. That is in the hands of the people gathered here, he said.
Underscoring the extraordinary impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on employment by destroying millions of jobs, the ILO director-general highlighted the various lessons learned from the pandemic experience.
“We talk a lot about resilience, but the world of work was obviously not prepared, he noted, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic revealed existing and dramatic inequalities, including in European societies, with women, young people and the most disadvantaged suffering the most from the pandemic crisis,” the ILO chief warned.
Unless we deliberately do something to stop it, this growing inequality will be projected into the future, Ryder warned, noting that this will happen in the absence of policy interventions.
For this new social contract to work, Ryder said it was necessary to involve the social partners and make them make decisions.