Mr Kofi Asamoah, General Secretary, Trade Union Congress (Ghana) – April 2015 in Copenhagen / Denmark
Although it is hard to generalize concerning the quality of informal employment, it most often means poor employment conditions and is associated with increasing poverty.
Some of the characteristic features of informal employment are lack of protection in the event of non-payment of wages, compulsory overtime or extra shifts, lay-offs without notice or compensation, unsafe working conditions and the absence of social benefits such as pensions, sick pay and health insurance.
Women, migrants and other vulnerable groups of workers who are excluded from other opportunities have little choice but to take informal low-quality jobs.
International Labour Conference(ILO) in June 2002 called for the needs of workers and economic units in the informal economy to be addressed, with emphasis on an integrated approach from a decent work perspective.
Today – in 2015 – they are not less than two billion people, which can be seen employed and trapped in informal employment and informal economy.
The Danish trade union council for international development co-operation, in short LO/FTF Council, they held at April 22 – 2015, a conference regarding workers and economic units in the informal economy, with emphasis on an integrated approach for a decent work perspective and improvement.
Access to decent work is an antidote to social exclusion right across our global economy.
Sustained enterprise growth is essential to employment creation.
The ILO works towards the creation of sustainable, decent jobs in all types of enterprises, with a particular focus on small and group-based enterprises, and the upgrading of micro-enterprises in the informal sector, an area which generates most new jobs worldwide.
The ILO’s Small Enterprise Development Programme (SEED) seeks to unlock the potential for creating more and better jobs in the small enterprise sector.
The focus arrears for the ILO’s Small Enterprise Development Programme is Building Entrepreneurship and Management Skills, are the following:
Start and Improve Your Business – SIYB
Providing Access to Markets
Reforming the Enabling Environment
Responsible Workplace Practices
Having in mind all these initiatives from ILO, which all have focus at improve business and employment conditions in several developing countries, one could fear if these entrepreneurs first succeed, they will be far too competitive for small and medium sized companies in industrialized countries as for instance – Denmark.
Head of department Jens Kvorning (M. Sc. Econ), from The Danish Federation of Small and Medium Sized Entreprises, don’t see any problems in the kind of vocational training ILO wants to offer, even though he understands the members of his organisation insecurity regarding what kind of competition they in the future might face from developing economies.
In the video interview underneath you’ll be able to hear why Jens Kvorning don’t believe there are reasons for concerns many years ahead, as a consequence to the help and training the development countries are provided with from ILO or the organisation he works for himself.
One of Jens Kvorning statements in the interview is unusual, namely when the Danish entrepreneurs, from small and medium-sized enterprises, are experiencing that their knowledge and experiences, can make the benefit of entrepreneurs in developing countries – then the Danish entrepreneurs become proud and excited to contribute to these entrepreneurs business development. And actually we also see collaboration occur between Danish entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in developing countries, despite large geographical distances.
Here below are some photos from the conference that shows people are serious about the above questions and issues while they enjoy each other’s company at the conference held April 22 to 2015 in Copenhagen – Denmark – by The Danish trade union council for international development co-operation.
Binda Pandey, Deputy general secretary of GEFONT (General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions) / April 22 – 2015 in Copenhagen – Denmark
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