Conference Report On The Cooperatives In The Changing World of Work

29 Apr 2018

The International Conference on ‘Co-operatives in the Changing World of Work’ was organised from April 29 - May 1, 2018 by Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd in association with International Co-operative Alliance Asia and Pacific, International Labour Organization, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, with support from ICAEU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development and ICA Domus Trust and others at IIM-K. Over 200 participants from 11 countries met in IIM-K to exchange ideas and discuss, on a multi-stakeholder platform, on how the changing notions of ‘work’ and ‘workers’ are having an impact on jobs, poverty, social protection, production systems and quality of work in the 21st century. How these factors will influence the fundamental principles of rights at work as well as the freedoms of association & cooperation in the near future were discussed. It emphasized how Co-operatives can play a key role in responding to some of the challenges posed by the changing nature of work in the modern context.