New Delhi: The quest for sustainable employment and creating a safe, equitable and dynamic workplace has accelerated amidst the ongoing pandemic. Offering insights into the same, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a webinar titled ‘ILO’s response to the pandemic – Learning and Sharing of Global Practices’ in association with International Labour Organization (ILO). Dagmar Walter (Director) ILO DWT South Asia, Atul Sobti (DG) SCOPE, Dr RK Elangovan (DG FASLI) Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ravi Peiris (Senior Specialist) ILO, Tsuyoshi Kawakami (Senior Specialist) ILO and Dr Sanjay Kumar, (Director, Personnel) WCL addressed the meet. Nearly 500 participants including senior officials from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.
Walter speaking about the global job scenario emphasised that the pandemic has affected both quality and quantity of jobs and measures taken to ensure worker protection, stimulate economic and labour demand; support employment and incomes and using social dialogue between government, workers and employers can only help overcome this crisis.
Sobti in his address said that the present scenario is one of the toughest faced by employers and so there is an inherent need for everyone to have an optimistic approach and ensure worker safety while adapting to the ‘New Normal’. He also mentioned that SCOPE and ILO are working closely in bringing forth the issues related to labour and work.
Peiris highlighted the importance of survival and resilience through social dialogue between employers and employees and signified the ability to adapt to change as the biggest asset for any organisation. He suggested employers to not only focus on the future but also the present, in order to succeed.
Dr Elangovan spoke about the need for detailed preparedness amidst the ‘New Normal’ and shared views on Pandemic Response Procedure that ensure safety and well being of all stakeholders.
Kawakami spoke about ILO’s guidelines with regard to securing health and safety at workplaces. Talking about causes of the spread of the virus he gave practical tips like reducing a human to human contact at workplaces and equipping workers with the appropriate equipment.
Dr Kumar stated that the key take away from the webinar was to acquire learning’s from the past and present to establish a futuristic organisation.
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