The International Labour Organisation and the Future of Work
Room G08, Ground Level
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
Established in 1919 on the basis that ‘universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice’, the International Labour Organisation is the authoritative international body in the world of work. As the ILO celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is also reviewing its direction and activities through the Future of Work Initiative, the centerpiece of the ILO’s Centenary celebrations.
What might such a re-orientation of the ILO mean for its effectiveness and legitimacy? What specific implications might this have for Australia?
Organised with the support of the Fair Work Commission and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, this evening event will take up these questions through a focus on the report of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work, Work for a brighter future (2019), a report that will be submitted and discussed in June at the Centenary Session of the International Labour Conference.
Amongst the questions that the expert panel will discuss are: • What is the value of ‘a human-centred agenda for the future of work’ as proposed in Work for a brighter future? • How can its three pillars of action (increasing investment in people’s capabilities; increasing investment in the institutions of work; increasing investment in decent and sustainable work) advance social justice in the world of work? • How can its agenda - including its proposal for a Universal Labour Guarantee - be realized given the challenges to the multilateral system? • What are possible implications of Work for a brighter future for Australia?
Chair: Honourable Justice Iain Ross AO, President, Fair Work Commission
Panelists: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation; Professor Keith Ewing, King’s College London; Greg Vines, Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organisation
Closing remarks: Justice Mordy Bromberg, Federal Court
Light refreshments will be provided from 5.30pm.
Justice Mordecai (Mordy) Bromberg, Federal Court of Australia
Justice Mordecai (Mordy) Bromberg
Federal Court of Australia
Justice Mordecai (Mordy) Bromberg was appointed to the Federal Court in December 2009. He is a National Coordinating Judge for the Federal Court’s Employment and Industrial Relations National Practice Area. Having graduated from Monash University in Law and in Economics, he was an Associate to Justice Peter Gray of the Federal Court and then worked as a solicitor in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He joined the Victorian Bar in 1988 and in 2003 he was appointed Senior Counsel. He practised predominantly in Industrial and Employment Law, Discrimination Law, and Administrative Law. He was also a consultant to the International Labour Organisation.
Mr Greg Vines, Deputy Director General
Mr Greg Vines
Deputy Director General
International Labour Organisation
Greg Vines is Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organisation, based in Geneva, and is currently leading the ILO’s work on its Centenary Declaration for the future of work. Prior to this appointment in 2012, Greg was the Australian Government representative to the ILO and elected as President of the ILO Governing Body, served as chair of several ILO committees on international labour issues and as convenor of the Asia Pacific member States of the ILO. He previously held senior positions with the Australian Federal, Victorian and Tasmanian Governments, served as adviser to the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, held trade union leadership roles and is qualified in law and business administration.
Professor Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law
Professor Keith Ewing
Professor of Public Law
King's College, London
Keith Ewing has been Professor of Public Law at King's College London since 1989, after having held positions at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. He is President of the Institute of Employment Rights and the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom (trade union funded think tank and campaign organisation respectively), and Vice President of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights. He is the author and editor of several books on constitutional law and labour law, and has held visiting positions at several universities in Australia (Melbourne, Monash, Queensland, Sydney and University of Western Australia).
Ms Sharan Burrow, General Secretary
Ms Sharan Burrow
International of Trade Union Confederation
Sharan Burrow was reelected for a third term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at its 4th ITUC World Congress in December 2018. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 2010. From 2003 until 2010 Sharan was a member of the Governing Body of the ILO. The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 207 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 331 national affiliates.
Justice Iain Ross AO, President
Justice Iain Ross AO
Fair Work Commission
Hon Justice Iain Ross AO is the President of Fair Work Commission. On 1 March 2012 Iain was appointed Judge of the Federal Court and President of Fair Work Australia (now Fair Work Commission). Prior to his present appointment, Iain was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Iain was also Chair of the Council of Australasian Tribunals from June 2010 to April 2014 and the inaugural Chair of the Mediator Standards Board, a position he relinquished in October 2011.