28 mar 2017
National Tripartite Conference

H.M. King Felipe VI inaugurated the National Tripartite Conference "The future of the work we want"

Organized jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, CEOE, CEPYME, UGT and CCOO

H.M. King Felipe VI inaugurated today the National Tripartite Conference under the motto "The future of the work we want", at Zurbano Palace. The event, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, CEOE, CEPYME, UGT and CCOO, addressed issues related to the evolution and future of employment, as well as the transformation of business models.

H.M. King Felipe VI inaugurated the National Tripartite Conference "The future of the work we want"
H.M. King Felipe VI inaugurated the National Tripartite Conference "The future of the work we want" — ©Casa Real

During the event, inaugurated by H.M. the King of Spain, the following personalities also spoke: the Minister of Employment and Social Security, Fatima Báñez; ILO’s Director-General, Guy Ryder; his counterpart for the ILO Office in Spain, Joaquín Nieto Sainz; who moderated a panel discussion with the national social agents; the president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; the President of Cepyme, Antonio Garamendi; the general secretary of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez; and the General Secretary of CCOO, Ignacio Fernández Toxo.

The President of CEOE, Juan Rosell, stressed the importance of being able to participate in some of the events that each of the countries has pledged to hold, in the form of a tripartite conference, within the celebrations of the 100 anniversary of the ILO, which will culminate in 2019, under the theme “The Future of Work”. In this regard, he highlighted the strength of the ILO as an institution, since it is still the only one in the world that has a tripartite contribution, and where agreement is essential.

He also underlined that, in 2017, year which marks the 40th anniversary of CEOE, and coinciding with the 100-anniversary of the ILO, both organizations will participate in other events jointly, such as the seminars to be held tomorrow and the day after tomorrow at the headquarters of CEOE, titled "Understanding The future of work: challenges and proposals ", in which experts from more than forty countries will participate.

Work in the future

Rosell explained that new needs and job opportunities will emerge in the coming years, and hence flexibility is already a key factor to respond to society’s needs. He also emphasized the emergence of new business models, which will be based on the boom of the gigabyte economy and the new technologies.