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ILO adopts historic labour standard to tackle the informal economy

Friday 12th Jun 2015 (Latest News, Global, Events)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new international labour standard that is expected to help hundreds of millions of workers and economic units move out of informality and into the formal economy.

More than half of the world’s workforce is estimated to be trapped in the informal economy, which is marked by the denial of rights at work, the absence of sufficient opportunities for quality employment, inadequate social protection, a lack of social dialogue and low productivity, all of which constitutes a significant obstacle to the development of sustainable enterprises.

The new Recommendation acknowledges that most people enter the informal economy not by choice but due to a lack of opportunities in the formal economy and an absence of any other means of livelihood.

Duration:                                 00:01:45

Location:                                 Palais des Nations, Genève

Production date:                     12 June 2015

Audio:                                     nat sound

Rights:                                     All ILO audio-visual material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license:

Video type:                             B-roll

Keywords:                               Informal economy, formal economy, ILO recommendation, labour standards, Guy Ryder





00:00 -00:19

Wide shot of Assembly hall and close-ups of delegates to the Intl. Labour Conference voting the recommendation.

00:20 – 00:34

President of the 104th Intl. Labour Conference declares the adoption of the recommendation.

00:35 – 01:45

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder: I think it’s been a very important moment after two years of hard negotiations. The conference has just adopted with near unanimity this recommendation on the transition from the informal to the formal economy. This is something which affects a very large part of the world’s workers population. Nearly half is still working in the informality. And over the years, we have seen a growing consensus between governments, workers and employers that the right thing to do is to move these people into formal employment situation. We know it’s not easy, we know that these are processes which are complicated, they have different components, and I think the great value of this recommendation, and it’s the first time, is that we now have an international framework of guidance for member states of how to bring this about. And it will also be a very important instrument for the ILO as we work to cooperate with our member states to help to bring this about. Terrific results, really important step forward, and all the work ahead is not just the adoption of this recommendation, now it’s actually putting this into practice of all matter”.









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