Published on 17th May 2017
Annemarie Muntz, the World Employment Confederation’s President, took part today in the 2d Global Employment Summit, organized by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Confederation of German Employers (BDA) and Deloitte, in the context of the B20 summit in Germany. Annemarie Muntz participated in a panel discussion on the ways to bring people into jobs, tackle unemployment and informality. She voiced the need for international labour standards but warned there cannot be one single standard prevailing in a changing world of work and for a working population that has never been so diverse.
To the audience representing the G20 business community, Annemarie Muntz said that today’s workforce multiplicity of expectations demands a diversity of work relationships and that promoting open-ended contracts as a sacrosanct principle means ignoring the diversity of aspirations in a rapidly changing world of work. Annemarie Muntz recalled the employment’s industry added-value in providing most vulnerable workers with a stepping stone, giving them the chance to achieve their own work-life balance expectations and most importantly keeping them in employment.
She also predicted that in the future, more intermediation will be needed to deliver tailor-made solutions to companies and workers. Today, the employment industry enables 50 million people into work and has implemented innovative solutions to guarantee a certain level of security. It improved social protection via agency work bipartite funds, opened the path for a wider access to training, more social benefits and supplementary pension schemes. Ms Muntz finally called on all relevant stakeholders, from social services and the academic world to public authorities to continue efforts to tackle unemployment and the informal economy.
The B20 is an integral part of the G20 process, representing the entire G20 business community. The mission of the B20 is to support the G20 through consolidated representation of interests, concrete policy proposals, and expertise. Furthermore, the B20 promotes dialogue among policymakers, civil society, and business at the international level.