Ms. Deborah France-Massin, Director of the Bureau for Employers’ Activities of the International Labour Office (ILO ACT/EMP)
The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Labour Organisation Employers Activities Programme (ILO ACT/EMP) took part in the 43rd ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE) CEOs meeting on 21 April 2018 in Manila, Philippines.
The purpose of their participation is to inform ACE CEOs of the issues that may affect the region, as well as discuss the planned activities and programmes of the ILO ACT/EMP and the IOE with the ASEAN employers and business membership organizations.
Ms. Deborah France-Massin, Director of the Bureau for Employers’ Activities of the International Labour Office informed the ACE CEOs that the ILO is now aiming for a more focused approach in its delivery of technical programmes with lesser interventions but with more significant impacts. The current focus areas for support of the ACT/EMP for the region are on the following:
- Research (e.g. ASEAN Future of Work report, enterprise level social dialogue and workplace cooperation working paper)
- Product and Service Development (e.g. EBMO Academy for the Philippines, SME Training Services for Laos)
- Migration (Completion of the toolkit in 2017, launching in 2018-2019)
- Disaster Resilience (Completion of the toolkit on disasters and conflicts)
- Labor market governance (on minimum wage and social security)
- The Future of Employer and Business Membership Organisations (The possible conduct of a regional conference)
- Women in Business and Management
Present in behalf of the IOE is the current Acting Secretary-General, Mr. Roberto Suaréz-Santos. In congruence with the focus areas of the ILO ACT/EMP for the ASEAN, Mr. Suaréz-Santos informed the body that the IOE is ready to provide support in the areas of skills, gender, migration, employment relations, the Future of Work, and the Better Work Programme. Mr. Suaréz-Santos also relayed the plans of the IOE to evolve into a more “independent, representative, and free-market” organization through rebranding with a new logo, a new website, and a revitalized communication plan. The IOE also plans to utilize its policy working groups on a regional level, in order to better represent the employers’ sector on an international capacity.
The participation of the IOE and the ILO ACT/EMP also allowed the ACE CEOs to raise vital concerns as well as discuss possible areas for collaboration with the respective organizations, an example of which is the planned regional benchmarking study on minimum wage and social security net. The ASEAN CEOs recognize that the technical support of the ILO is essential in ensuring the success of these collaborative undertakings.