Re-skilling of workers for future a priority: ILO chief

Inequalities in labour skills already affecting job creation and economic growth, he says

International Labour Organisation director-general Guy Ryder is less concerned about jobs being lost to technology than the challenges in preparing workers so they can function in the new economy. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
International Labour Organisation director-general Guy Ryder is less concerned about jobs being lost to technology than the challenges in preparing workers so they can function in the new economy. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

International Labour Organisation (ILO) director-general Guy Ryder is less concerned about jobs being lost to technology than the challenges in re-skilling workers so they can function in the new economy.

"It will be the task of getting people from the jobs they're doing today to the ones they'll be doing in the future. And that is a question of skilling," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'Re-skilling of workers for future a priority: ILO chief'. Print Edition | Subscribe