Experts on the Future of the Labor Market

12 december 2016

Labor and society, good jobs, organization, production and management of labor - these were the topics included in the concept for the implementation of the Future of Work initiative of the International Labor Organization in the Russian Federation. “Russia cannot afford to stand idly by as the International Labor Organization implements its Future of Work initiative,” said Lubov Eltsova, the Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Protection of Russia. “By December 1, 2016 Russia ratified 74 UN conventions and work in this area continues apace.”

The government is keeping a close eye on its social obligations as well as on increasing the quality of life and prosperity in Russia. These issues first of all have to do with pensions, social benefits, worker pay and ways to extend life expectancy, the Deputy Minister explained. “The Government sticks by its social obligations and continues to perform them; in recent years we have seen a marked decline in unemployment and an increase in the amount of available jobs,” Ms. Eltsova said.

Adviser to the Director-General of the International Labor Organization on the Future of Work initiative Nicola Nemchinov believes that a lot of changes are currently underway in the labor market. In the expert’s opinions, these changes are being driven by demographic pressures, climate changes, environmental threats, new technologies and digitization. Political changes, specifically the anti-globalization trends, will be a major driver for change in the future, Mr. Nemchinov stressed.

“There are three fundamental goals that the ILO’s program aims to achieve,” the expert explained. “The first goal is to create best practices that would transform the labor market. The second goal is to identify key state policy issues pertinent to solving the problems stemming from the current changes in the labor market. The third goal is to position ILO as a global ‘labor parliament’ and agree on a mandate to achieve social justice within the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. At the same time it is important to ensure constructive global dialog and exchange of ideas and information between all the participants and stakeholders in the labor markets.