“The future of work is not determined by technology, we can shape it!”


DGILO Director General , Guy Ryder


Opening a conference on “Shaping the new world of work – the impacts of digitalisation and robotisation” organized by The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder discussed some of the major drivers of change, and their impact on the world of work. 

“The future of work is not determined by technology or by any other circumstance,” he said, “it is fundamentally going to be the result of what we, the actors of the world of work, decide to make it.” The major global drivers of change, such as technology but also demography, climate change and the greening of our economy, present both opportunities and challenges to which the policy response should promote social justice principles.

The Director-General underlined the social function of work, often ignored, but yet vital. “Today, there is too much unemployment and inequality, and we need to challenge some of the basic fundamentals of current labour market policy,” he concluded.