RAMAPHOSA HEADS TO GENEVA TO CO-CHAIR GLOBAL COMMISSION ON FUTURE OF WORK

PRETORIA– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa heads to Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday to co-chair the Global Commission on the Future of Work which was established by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and which holds in inaugural session on Tuesday.

President Ramaphosa was appointed earlier this month to co-chair the commission, alongside with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stevan Lofven.

The body, which seeks to focus on the world’s response to the 4th industrial revolution amid concerns of job losses, will produce an independent report on how to achieve a future of work which provides decent and sustainable work opportunities for all.

This report will be submitted to the centenary session of the International Labour Conference in 2019. The work of the Commission will be organized around four “centenary conversations” — Work and society; Decent jobs for all; The organization of work and production; and The governance of work.

South Africa’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, says the Commission could not have chosen a better person to co-chair its sittings because Ramaphosa has vast knowledge of what are some of the challenges facing the work-force.

So this is a very huge undertaking and responsibility the president has been asked to do and we grateful that he did not hesitate because he has the skills embodying as he does the tripartism of labour because he has been a trade unionist, he has been an employer … he is now in government. It’s all those elements that must now shape the responsibilities that give us a sense of certainty.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK