Towards a Digitalized World of Work: What Future Works for All?

 

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1st Plenary Session: How the use of new technologies will affect the future of work?

2nd Plenary Session: What future can we create for the most vulnerable ones?

 

1st Parallel Session: Will robots take our jobs or help us to be more productive?

2nd Parallel Session: Platform Economy: what challenges for social protection coverage new forms of work create?

3rd Parallel Session: Future of work without inequalities– gender and youth perspective

4th Parallel Session: Ageing Europe – how can we address it by embracing new technologies?

 

CONTENT

The Future of Work is a theme of central  importance for individuals and societies, as labour market across all regions  are  undergoing one of the most profound and transformative changes of our times. Automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are changing the fundamental nature of work. Understanding these shifts can help policy makers, business leaders, and workers move forward. Challanges in labour markets are growing with new forms of employment changing traditional labour relations.  These fast-pace changes are introducing new working methods, creating novel business models and occupations but they are also challenging existing modes in the way that work and production are organized and are putting pressure on labour markets and social security systems. At the same time, there is growing polarization of labour-market opportunities between high- and low-skill jobs, unemployment and underemployment especially among young people, stagnating incomes for a large proportion of households, and income inequality. Migration and its effects on jobs has become a sensitive political issue in many advanced economies. Yet remarkable opportunities also summon us. Advances in technology are not only expanding choices about where and when to work but have the potentials of creating new and better jobs. But these technologies also raise difficult questions about the broader impact of automation on jobs, skills, wages, and the nature of work itself. In such an evolving context, we need to ensure that all workers will be able to enjoy equal rights and protection and that at the same time businesses are able to capture the productivity benefits of technology while efforts by all actors are jointly directed to promoting  decent work in the digital age. In order to address all these challenges there is an imperative and urgent need to design comprehensive strategies addressing the impact of the new forces that are transforming the world of work on employment, social, and education systems.

In 2019, the International Labour Organization celebrates its 100th anniversary. The centenary provided an opportunity to launch seven initiatives to equip the Organization to take up successfully the challanges of its mandate in the future with the most important one – the Future of Work Initiative, as the world of work is undergoing major changes, such as technological change, globalisation, ageing population, migration flows and climate change that will continue, and potentially intensify, in the future. An independent Global Commission on the Future of Work, convened by the ILO Director-General in January this year has lauched an independent report that portrays the urgency of the changes that the world of work is facing and provides ideas on how to manage and leverage these transformations.

To mark the ILO Centenary and in the context of the Future of Work Initiative the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania organizes the High-Level International Conference “Towards a Digitalized World of Work: What Future Works for All?” on 25-26 April 2019 in Vilnius.

 

FOCUS

The Conference will focus in particular on the impact of technological changes and digitalization on labour relations. It will explore how automation, digital platforms and other innovations are changing world of work and how it will impact employment relations, skills, and social protection.

High-level participants will debate how technological advances will create new jobs and how to address skills mismatch and the needs of those who lose their jobs in this transition. Changes in demographics will also be a central element of the discussions. Dealing with expanding youth populations in some countries and ageing populations in others will become a constant challenge for policy makers aiming at inclusive societies.

Future challenges and opportunities for the most vulnerable groups will also be one of the main focuses in the discussions. These also will include policy perspectives on how to design inclusive agendas for gender equality for the future of work and how the institutions, policies and strategies will support people through future of works transitions.

The aim of the Conference is to have high-level debates and an exchange of views on future of work related issues from different stakeholders, taking into consideration various actions that international organizations have already taken or are planning to take in the future, main challenges that different countries in Europe are facing and finding the best possible ways forward, within the spirit of tripartite deliberations.

The Conference will be organized around two interactive high-level plenary sessions, related to the future of work on how the use of new technologies will affect the future of work and what future we can create for the most vulnerable ones.

Plenary sessions will be moderated by journalists and will be framed around introductions made by high-level representatives and leading experts from international bodies. Parallel sessions will then discuss in more detail focusing on the impact of technology on the quality and quantity of jobs; policy options for ensuring social protection measures for the future of work; addressing the situation and specific needs of vulnerable populations; and tackling inequalities linked to demographic changes particularly in the context of ageing societies.

The ILO will contribute to the Conference by preparing issue briefs on each of the discussion topics.

 

PARTICIPANTS

International organisations:

International Labour Organization (ILO), Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Social Security Association (ISSA), European Commission (EC), European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofond), European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

Member states[1]:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine.

Social partners:

International Organisation of Employers (IOE), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), BusinessEurope and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

 


[1] National delegations are expected to be composed by a High-level Representative plus technical expert(s).

25 April 2019, Thursday

 

08:30-09:00   Registration and welcome coffee

09:00-10:00   Introduction

Room SAPHIRE

Mrs Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania (video message)

Mr Linas Kukuraitis, Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania

Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization Mrs Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, European Commission

Mr Joachim Breuer, President of the International Social Security Association

Mr Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

10:00-10:50   1st Plenary Session. How the use of new technologies will affect the future of work?

Room SAPHIRE

Introduction to 1st and 2nd Parallel Sessions

Moderator: Mrs Živilė Kropaitė, Journalist at the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT)

Participants:

  • Mr Heinz Koller, International Labour Organization
  • Mrs Marianne Thyssen, European Commission
  • Mr Dominique La Salle, International Social Security Association
  • Mr Juan Menéndez-Valdés, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

10:50-11:10   Interactive discussion with panellists

11:10-11:20   Family Photo

11:20-11:50   Coffee break

Press Conference

11:50-13:10   1st Parallel Session. Will robots take our jobs or help us to be more productive?

Room KORAL(A)

Round-table discussion by heads of delegations

Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Holger Bonin, Research Director, Institute of Labour Economics (IZA), Germany

Participants: International Labour Organization, European Institute for Gender Equality, BusinessEurope, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, Association of Lithuania Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation, Lithuanian Trade Union “Sandrauga”, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands

DISCUSSION PONTS:

  • How will technological change impact productivity? How can policy frameworks aid in managing potentially disproportional impacts of productivity gains along the lines of gender, sector and skill level? What is the role of taxation in redistributing these gains?
  • How will robotics impact the labour market?
  • Will new technologies destroy jobs of low-skilled workers or improve their productivity? Can technology relieve the burden of undesirable jobs/tasks and empower human potential?
  • What impact will technology have on the quality of work, including working time?

11:50-13:10   2nd Parallel Session. Platform Economy: what challenges for social protection coverage new forms of work create?

Room KORAL(B)

Round-table discussion by heads of delegations

Chairperson: Mrs Johanna Vallistu, Expert, Foresight Centre, Estonia

Participants: International Labour Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Social Security Association, European Commission, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, International Trade Union Confederation, Lithuanian Trade Union “Solidarumas”, Lithuanian Business Confederation, Investors’ Forum, Armenia, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Ukraine

DISCUSSION POINTS:

  • What working time arrangements are emerging in the context of the platform economy? How to ensure a balance between flexibility and job quality?
  • What opportunities and challenges do social protection systems face in ensuring adequate protection for individuals working in non-standard forms of employment?
  • How should existing legal and institutional frameworks be adapted in view of the new challenges posed by platform work? What strategies have worked so far?
  • What could be done to expand the role of social dialogue in the platform economy?
  • To which extent are fiscal policies and/or the provision of universal basic income feasible policy options? What advantages or drawbacks do these strategies present?

13:10-14:00   Lunch

14:00-14:40   2nd Plenary Session. What future can we create for the most vulnerable ones?

Room SAPHIRE

Introduction to 3rd and 4th Parallel Sessions

Moderator: Mr Aurimas Perednis, Journalist at Žinių radijas

Participants:

  • Mr Reddy Srinivas, International Labour Organisation
  • Mr Mark Pearson, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Therese Murphy, European Institute for Gender Equality
  • Mr Tim Noonan, International Trade Union Confederation

14:40-15:00   Interactive discussion with panellists

15:00-15:30   Coffee break

15:30-16:50   3rd Parallel Session. Future of work without inequalities – gender and youth perspective

Room KORAL(A)

Round-table discussion by heads of delegations

Chairperson: Prof. Dalia Leinartė, Vytautas Magnus Unversity, Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Participants: International Labour Organization, European Institute for Gender Equality, BusinessEurope, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, Association of Lithuania Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation, Lithuanian Trade Union “Sandrauga”, Armenia, Estonia, France, Georgia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Ukraine

DISCUSSION POINTS:

  • What are the most important policy priorities on gender and youth inequality issues in the labour market? What are root causes and main symptoms?
  • How can early intervention measures contribute to decreasing these types of inequalities? What measures have proven to be effective?
  • How can governments be more responsive to the concerns of the disadvantaged groups?
  • Economic benefits of gender equality: how closing the gender gaps in labour market activity and pay leads to economic growth?

15:30-16:50   4th Parallel Session. Ageing Europe – how can we address it by embracing new technologies?

Room KORAL(B)

Round-table discussion by heads of delegations

Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Ella Marlenivna Libanova, Director of the Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Participants: International Labour Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Social Security Association, European Commission, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, International Trade Union Confederation, Lithuanian Trade Union “Solidarumas”, Lithuanian Business Confederation, Investors’ Forum, Azerbaijan, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova

DISCUSSION POINTS:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities emerging from current and future demographic shifts?
  • How should work be redesigned for an aging workforce? What role does technology play?
  • What broad measures have proven to be effective in reducing inequalities affecting old age workers?

19:00-21:00   Dinner

Marchant’s Club (“Pirklių klubas”), Gedimino ave. 35, Vilnius

 

26 April 2019, Friday

 

09:00-09:30   Coffee

09:30-10:30   Wrap-up from the Parallel Sessions

Room SAPHIRE

1st Parallel Session: Prof. Dr. Holger Bonin, Research Director, Institute of Labour Economics (IZA), Germany

2nd Parallel Session: Mrs Johanna Vallistu, Expert, Foresight Centre, Estonia

3rd Parallel Session: Prof. Dalia Leinartė, Vytautas Magnus Unversity, Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

4th Parallel Session: Prof. Dr. Ella Marlenivna Libanova, Director of the Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

10:30:-10:40   Concluding remarks

Room SAPHIRE

Linas Kukuraitis, Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania
Heinz Koller, Regional Director of Europe and Central Asia, International Labour Organisation

11:00-12:00   Lunch and departure

 

CONFERENCE VENUE

The Conference will take place at the conference centre of the 4* Hotel Crown Plaza Vilnius (address: Crowne Plaza Vilnius M. K. Ciurlionio 84 Vilnius/Lithuania, LT-03100, phone: +370 (5) 2743400; www.cpvilnius.com).

The Conference will start with registration and welcome coffee at 08:30.

The accommodation and catering will be provided at the same hotel.

Central location of the Crowne Plaza Vilnius hotel makes you perfect possibilities either you are exploring city sites or need to relax in safe and healthiest part of the town at the border of the most popular public park of the city – Vingis park. The most important city events are held there. Hotel is within the easy access to the Vilnius International airport and the main train station.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL EXPENSES

The organisers of the Conference will cover travel and accommodation expenses for high level representative and one expert per country/organisation. Other participants shall organise their travel arrangements and cover associated expenses themselves.

Our travel agency will contact you directly regarding your travel to Vilnius and accommodation.

We kindly request the participants whose accommodation and travel expenses will be covered by the organisers to bring the boarding passes to the Conference registration desk. Please note that only the accommodation and flight tickets booked by the organisers will be covered. In case you may choose to stay at the other hotel at your own expense, please kindly inform the organisers.

 

LANGUAGE OF THE CONFERENCE

The Conference will be held in English.

 

ACCREDITATION OFFICIAL DINNER

Your badge will be issued at the Conference registration desk at the hotel before the start of the Conference (25.04.2019 from 08:30). We kindly request you to wear your badge during the entire Conference and Official Dinner.

 

CONNECTION FROM VILNIUS AIRPORT

Vilnius International Airport (VNO) is located on the outskirts of Vilnius. The distance between the airport and the Conference venue is about 5.7 km.

For all participants of the conference organisers will provide shuttle service from Vilnius International Airport (VNO) to the hotel “Hotel Crown Plaza Vilnius” on 24 April and from the hotel “Hotel Crown Plaza Vilnius” to Vilnius international Airport (VNO) on 26 April. Upon arrival the representative of the organisers will welcome you at the airport.

In case you may wish to make your own transportation arrangements, we kindly advise you to use the taxi.

Public transport

There are 2 public transport routes from Vilnius airport which allow delegates to reach the city centre from the airport: Public bus No. 88 and express bus 3G. The bus stop is located across the road from the main arrival hall of the airport. Both routes pass Vilnius centre.

Timetables and routes of buses can be found in mobile application: trafi.com.

Taxi

The taxi line is located in front of the airport arrival hall. The price of the travel from Vilnius International Airport to the city centre is depending on the company and the time of the day.

More taxi options are available with mobile applications: taxify.eu, uber.com, taxi.lt, etaksi.lt.

 

OFFICIAL DINNER

On 25 April 2019 all participants of the Conference will be invited to the Official Dinner at “Pirklių klubas” (19:00-21:00).

“Pirklių klubas” business and modern meeting centre is located in the centre of Vilnius on Gediminas Avenue. “Pirklių klubas” has got a hundred years history in background. Just like one hundred years ago, today “Pirklių klubas” fascinates by its original architecture and subtle luxury.

The organisers will provide shuttle service from the hotel “Hotel Crown Plaza Vilnius” to the Official Dinner.

 

USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION

Electricity

Lithuania has 220V and uses two-pin plugs.

Currency

The currency of Lithuania is Euro (EUR).

All major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM/cash machines are widely available in Vilnius city.

Weather

In Lithuania, a flat country overlooking the Baltic Sea, the climate is semi-continental, with freezing winters and mild and moderately rainy summers.

In spring, the temperature gradually increases, even though the weather remains cold for a few weeks; April is typically a cold month, and especially in the first half there's still some chance of snow and frost, while in the second half the first warm days are possible, brought by southerly winds.

In April the weather in Lithuania is variable. Average temperatures range from +6 to + 10 °C, rainfall or partly cloudy is likely.

Languages

Lithuanian is the official language of the Republic of Lithuania.

English and Russian are widely spoken.

Local Time

Lithuanian Time is GMT+2

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public locations.

Emergency number

For emergencies call 112, an EU-wide emergency number for police, fire department and ambulance.

Dial Code for Lithuania

+370

 

ENTRY TO LITHUANIA/VISAS

Please check VISA requirements traveling from your country:

https://keliauk.urm.lt/en/entry-to-lithuania/visas/list-of-countries-whose-citizens-do-not-require-visas-to-enter-the-republic-of-lithuania

Online visa application form 

More info at https://keliauk.urm.lt/en/entry-to-lithuania

 

CONTACTS

Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania

Official e-mail of the Conference: futureofworkconference@socmin.lt

For logistical issues please contact Ms. Irena Martinkute, tel.: +370 (8) 706 68261, e-mail: irena.martinkute@socmin.lt

For questions on the contents and format of the conference please contact Ms. Neringa Dulkinaitė, tel.: +370 (8) 706 68231, e-mail: neringa.dulkinaite@socmin.lt

 

We are looking forward to meeting you soon in Vilnius!

 

Last updated: 19-04-2019