Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

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Employment and Labour Ministerial Meeting


All sessions are in CET time zone and will appear in your local time. 
December 15, 2021
09:00 CET
09:00 CET - 09:30 CET
Registration of participants
09:30 CET - 09:50 CET
Welcome address
Introductory remarks by Mr. Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary General and Ms.Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chair of the Ministerial (United Kingdom)
09:50 CET - 11:10 CET
Plenary session: Maximising resilience – learning from effective policies to cushion future economic slowdowns
Session Chair: Ms Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chair of the Ministerial Meeting (United Kingdom) Governments have taken unprecedented measures to cushion the impact of the crisis and acted fast to put them into action. Some of the measures are temporary and will be scaled back as the crisis subsides to make way for the recovery and economic growth. Others should become permanent, as they addressed structural issues in our labour markets but they may require adjustments to remain effective post-COVID. This session will discuss key policy issues for maximising resilience by supporting the ongoing recovery, by helping to cushion future economic downturns, and by preparing labour markets for a changing world of work and a digital and greener economy.
11:10 CET
11:10 CET - 11:30 CET
Coffee break
11:30 CET - 12:30 CET
Plenary session (continued)
Session Chair: Ms Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chair of the Ministerial Meeting (United Kingdom) In the last part of this session, the chair will invite Ministers to adopt the declaration/policy statement
12:30 CET
12:30 CET - 12:45 CET
Group photograph
12:45 CET - 14:15 CET
Working lunch
“Using the recovery to face the challenges and seize the opportunities related to the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy” (Roger Ockrent)
14:20 CET
14:20 CET - 14:50 CET
Possible press conference (tbc)
14:50 CET - 16:30 CET
Five parallel break-out sessions
Theme 1: Promoting sustainability and resilience - rebuilding better and more sustainable jobs TBC, Vice-Chair of the Ministerial Meeting For a strong recovery, policy-makers will need to foster durable, environmentally sustainable and gender-sensitive job-creation, while continuing to support individuals and firms most affected by the crisis. As economic conditions improve, incentives will have to be gradually restored to promote sustainable and high quality job creation. Theme 2: Promoting sustainability and resilience -– equipping individuals for a post-crisis labour market TBC, Vice-Chair of the Ministerial Meeting The crisis has accelerated the speed of changes in skill requirements driven by digitalisation, globalisation and the transition to a low-carbon economy. It has also underscored the high risk of job loss, long-term unemployment and low incomes among adults with low digital skills and those in low-wage and low-skilled occupations. To facilitate the reallocation of workers towards growing firms and sectors in the recovery will require i) agile ways of assessing the skills that workers and jobseekers possess; ii) matching them to promising work opportunities; and iii) identifying quality training courses to fill any skill gaps. Theme 3: Bringing all on board – reversing increasing inequalities TBC, Vice-Chair of the Ministerial Meeting The COVID-19 crisis has accentuated socio-economic divides in labour markets and societies. Vulnerable labour market groups, such as workers on non-standard contracts, low-paid workers, young people, and in some cases women, have been most heavily affected by job and earnings losses. The crisis also highlighted, and compounded, other forms of economic and social disadvantage: greater exposure to the virus for “frontline” workers; homes ill-suited for working, studying, and sheltering for many lower-income households; a lack of childcare solutions for many working parents and an higher burden of unpaid work on women. Many governments have started preparing policy packages to support a strong post-COVID recovery, which is inclusive and sustainable and whose benefits are widely shared. Theme 4: Bringing all on board – supporting young people TBC, Vice-Chair of the Ministerial Meeting Successful engagement of young people in the labour market and society is crucial not only for their own personal well-being and economic prospects but also for overall economic growth and social cohesion. The current crisis has highlighted the vulnerability of young people to economic recessions and has imposed additional costs on them, interrupting their education and restricting their social life. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, governments acted too little, too late to address young people’s difficulties, leaving some of them with long-lasting scars on their careers. The far-reaching effects of the ongoing public health and economic crisis require an ambitious and comprehensive policy package so that no young person - in particular those not in employment, education or training (NEET) - is left behind. Theme 5: Paving the way to the new workplace - getting the most out of the digital transformation TBC, Vice-Chair of the Ministerial Meeting The digital transformation is about to shift into a higher gear with rapid advances in the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the increased adoption of these new technologies by firms and the public sector in part in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AI revolution bears great promise for improved productivity, greater health and safety at work, better matching on the labour market, personalised training opportunities, more targeted social services, amongst others. However, the signs suggest that it will be different from previous technological changes and its impact will be felt across most sectors and occupations. At the same time, AI sets new challenges in the areas of bias, privacy, transparency, accountability, and explainability. This is where smart policies, monitoring of potential biases, balanced regulations and social dialogue are needed to promote trustworthy and human-centric AI systems, which benefit all workers and provide them with appropriate safeguards.
16:30 CET
16:30 CET - 16:50 CET
Coffee Break
16:50 CET - 17:30 CET
Report from breakout sessions by the chairs
This last session will allow the chairs of the breakout sessions to report the main insights in their group to the plenary. • Mr. Stuart Robert, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Vice-Chair (Australia) • Mr. Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Minister of Economy and Employment, Vice-Chair (Belgium), • Mr. Tanel Kiik, Minister of Health and Labour, Vice-Chair (Estonia) • Ms. Luisa Maria Alcalde Luján, Secretary of Labor, Vice-Chair (Mexico) • Mr. José Luis Escrivá, Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration (Spain)
17:30 CET
17:30 CET - 17:45 CET
Closing of the Meeting
Closing remarks by Ms. Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chair of the Ministerial (United Kingdom) and Mr. Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary General.
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