Future of Work

Labour Relations in the Future World of Work


11 december 2017 Paris, France

The Permanent Delegation of the Netherlands to the OECD together with the Dutch Government and the OECD organised a Workshop on Labour Relations in the Future World of Work. This workshop brought together practitioners, experts and policy makers from across the OECD to discuss relevant issues concerning the future of labour relations. Participants discussed challenges and opportunities for labour relations, innovative solutions to strengthen workers’ and employers’ collective organisation, and the role of social partners in the strengthening of labour market adaptability. The outcomes of this workshop fed into the OECD’s broader project on collective bargaining, helping to build the evidence base and shaping the recommendations the OECD gives to its member countries.

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Programme & Speakers

  9:00  –  9:20      Opening remarks

  • Welcome by S.E. Noe van Hulst, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the OECD
  • Martin Flier (Director Industrial Relations, Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment)
  • Mark Keese, Head of the Skills and Employability Division , OECD

  9:20 – 10:20      Foresight exercise

10:20 – 10:40      Coffee

10:40 – 13:15      Plenary session: The Future of Work - Challenges and Opportunities for Labour Relations

13:15 – 14:30      Lunch

14:30 - 16:00      Parallel session A: Strengthening workers’ and employers’ collective organisation - Innovative solutions (moderator: Jeroen Jutte - DG EMPL)

14:30 – 16:00      Parallel Session B: The role of social partners in strengthening labour market adaptability (moderator: Maria-Luz Vega - ILO)

  • Roger Andersson (LO, Sweden) “Job Security Councils”.
  • Hannelore Miller (AMS, Austria) “Labour Foundations in Austria”.
  • David Barnes (Vice President Global Workforce Policy, IBM) “Workforce Engagement: The Digital Opportunity” .
  • Frans Kokke (FNV) “The role of O&O funds”.

16:00 – 16:15      Coffee

16:15 – 17:30      Closing session – Final thoughts

  • EC and ILO report back from parallel sessions
  • Catelene Passchier (Special adviser to the FNV president - Chair of the Workers’ Group in the ILO)
  • Denis Pennel (World Employment Confederation)
  • Stéphane Carcillo (OECD)


Link: Programme and Speakers


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