30 mar 2017
The future of work

CEOE and ILO present the conclusions of the seminar on the Future of Work to Ana Pastor

Antonio Garamendi and Daniel Funes de Rioja previously delivered the closing statements at CEOE’s seminar sessions, attended by experts from more than forty countries

The Vice-President of CEOE and President of CEPYME, Antonio Garamendi and the President of ILO, Daniel de Funes, presented the conclusions of the seminar “Understanding the future of work: Challenges and proposals”, held over the last few days at CEOE, to the President of Congress, Ana Pastor, Ana Pastor, in an event held this afternoon.

CEOE and ILO present the conclusions of the seminar on the Future of Work to Ana Pastor
CEOE and ILO present the conclusions of the seminar on the Future of Work to Ana Pastor — ©Fernando Villar

The Vice-President of CEOE and President of CEPYME, Antonio Garamendi and the President of ILO, Daniel de Funes, presented the conclusions of the seminar “Understanding the future of work: Challenges and proposals”, held over the last few days at CEOE, to the President of Congress, Ana Pastor, in an event held this afternoon. Previously, they had delivered the closing speech for the seminars held at CEOE’s headquarters, which were attended yesterday by the President of CEOE, Juan Rosell, the Secretary of State for Employment, Juan Pablo Riesgo, ILO’s director general, Guy Ryder and ILO’s Secretary General, Linda Kromjong, and which saw the participation of experts from more than forty countries, with the aim of addressing the future of work.

During the discussions held around the different roundtables, the speakers addressed the emerging business models, the impact of work in the world, the various forms of employment, the qualifications and skills necessary for the labour market of the future, the challenges for supply chains, industrial relations or regulatory policies, among other issues.

In the closing session, Antonio Garamendi, Vice-President of CEOE and President of CEPYME, highlighted a remark made by King Felipe VI during the National Tripartite Conference held on Tuesday on the future of work, aimed at defining the challenges that society is currently facing in the working field: "The digitalisation that is responsible for an increasing automation of the production and management processes in so many areas is leading us to an economic and work paradigm that we are still trying to understand fully and whose consequences we cannot completely comprehend right now”.

Proposals

Garamendi suggested several ideas that should be kept in mind to tackle the future of work in the coming years. He believes that the definition of “workplace” must be extended, since the worker will be able to perform his/her work duties anywhere.  In fact, he said that “flexibility is the key to the future”, because it fosters creativity, motivation, a sense of responsibility, and a business approach.

On the other hand, Garamendi highlighted the emergence of new business and organizational models, based on the gigabyte economy, which combine new technologies with a globalized workforce on demand. With regard to workers, Garamendi emphasized the growing interest in on-going education and training, in order to adapt to the labour market and thus enhance their professional skills. Regarding the legislative framework, CEOE's Vice-President concluded that "the value of the agreement, whether individual or collective, must have a priority role in the regulation of working conditions, and legislation should bear a residual role."

Conclusions

ILO’s President, Daniel Funes de Rioja, during his speech before Congress, underlined the evolution of work in the future, as a result of digitization and technological advances, combined with changes in the organization of work, demographic changes, globalization, environmental challenges and the transformation in the production of goods and the provision of services. “The work of the future is already here and it is very important to focus not only on the challenges and difficulties it poses, but also on the opportunities it offers”, he said.

Funes de Rioja emphasized the promotion of on-going education and training to be able to adapt to the labour market and he summarized the ideas that were addressed during the seminar with the aim of moving forward into the future labour market.  He believes it is essential to understand the evolution of the general work environment, to enhance the requirements and skills of workers, to understand changes in the labour market, to promote the social security and protection of employees, to foster research, development and innovation and to develop industrial relations and social dialogue.