Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

ILO - ILC 108 - Outcome of the Committee of the Whole - ILO Centenary Outcome Document - EU closing statement

Geneva, 21/06/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 190702_11
Statements on behalf of the EU

ILO - 108th Session of the International Labour Conference Geneva, 10 June – 21 June 2019 Outcome of the Committee of the Whole - ILO Centenary Outcome Document - EU closing statement

I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

We would like to thank the Chair and the Vice-Chairs, the Office as well as government, employers and workers members of the Committee of the Whole for their engagement and commitment.

The Candidate Countries, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania[1], the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Georgia align themselves with this statement.


The Centenary of the ILO has provided us with a unique chance to set the agenda for a decent future of work and to show the added value of tripartism and the influence and vision it can have in shaping a future of work for the better.


We did not expect easy negotiations on what are key and complex issues, but the Committee has proven that social dialogue is able to clarify the challenges in the world of work and come up with sustainable solutions to address them.. 


In the Committee, we have worked out a Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, which sets foundations for decent work in the coming years. This is an important result for all of us.


The European Union and its Member States particularly welcome the following important elements of the Declaration:

  • The process engaged towards including safe and healthy working conditions in the ILO’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work. 
  • The promotion of skills throughout working lives
  • The emphasis on gender equality, and the commitment to a world of work free from violence and harassment;
  • The ensuring of equal opportunities for people with disabilities or in vulnerable situations.
  • The call for labour protection and fair conditions of work for all workers and decent work in global supply chains;
  • The commitment to universal access to social protection and support to peoples’ transitions throughout their working lives.
  • The acknowledgement of the role of trade and industrial policies in promoting decent work across the world,
  • And finally, the recognition of the ILO’s important role in the multilateral system, including in promoting policy coherence in pursuit of its human-centred approach to the future of work;
  • and the contribution of social dialogue to the overall cohesion of societies and the building of social justice.

Although we would have welcomed a stronger statement on addressing the effects that climate change has on the world of work, we also welcome the multiple references to sustainable economic growth, sustainable enterprises, and ILO’s engagement in furthering a just transition to an environmentally sustainable future of work.


I would like to make one further remark on the issue of safe and healthy working conditions.  The EU and its Members States came to this Conference with the key aim of recognising the right to safe and healthy working conditions as a fundamental principle and right at work. We very much welcome the fact that there is tripartite  commitment to engage in a process in this regard and we are ready to further this tripartite process.


Mr Chair,

We all share a world of work in transformation. The combined effects of globalisation and of technological, environmental, climate, societal and demographic change are transforming work at an unprecedented pace and scale. This Declaration marks an important step, one of the many we will take in shaping the future of work for the good of all.


Mr Chair,

The European Union and its Member States call for the adoption of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the future of work.

And, as we all head towards home, we look forward to working together to take forward this Declaration and realise its ambitions.

Thank you, Chair.


[1] Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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