23/09/2003 - Labour ministers from OECD countries will explore ways to improve employment opportunities for people on the fringes of labour markets and those hardest hit by economic slumps at a meeting at OECD headquarters in Paris on 29-30 September 2003 entitled "Towards More and Better Jobs".
A Forum will bring together ministers, academics and representatives from labour and business to discuss the quality of jobs, employment insecurity, stress at work and other issues on Monday 29 September from 2.30 p.m. to 5.45. p.m. Journalists are welcome. Participants will include Tony Abbott, Australia’s Minister of Employment and Workplace Relations, Jacques Delors, former European Commission President and currently President of the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion, Juan Somavia, Director General, International Labour Organisation, and Richard Layard, Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The ministerial meeting on Tuesday 30 September will be closed to the press. Chairman François Fillon, French Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity, will hold a closing news conference at 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 30 September (please note time change). Ministers will explore strategies to revitalize labour markets both in the short term, as countries struggle to emerge from the most severe economic slowdown in a decade, and in the long term, as countries grapple with the challenges posed by ageing populations and structural change.
Journalists are also welcome at four briefings on employment issues prior to Mr. Fillon’s news conference:
3.00 p.m. Helping the unemployed: Innovation in public employment services.
3.30 p.m. Successful strategies for worker training.
4.00 p.m. Improving job prospects for women.
4.30 p.m. Why jobless rates are lower than in past slumps.
For more information, or to sign up for the Forum or news conference, journalists are invited to contact the Media Relations Division (Tel. (33) 1 45 24 97 00). Information about the Ministerial is also available on the OECD web site.