ILO presents at "Connecting the Dots" Symposium on Future of Work and Ageing

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) recently attended a two-day symposium titled “Connecting the Dots: Work • Life • Balance • Ageing” which was hosted by The Institute of Gender Development Studies (IGDS) of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. The conference was held on 26-27 April 2018 at the Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St. Augustine and explored issues surrounding the productivity and wellbeing of working men and women in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. The aim was to generate discussions on the challenges facing the region and to bolster support from stakeholders to tackle the policy and planning gaps existing in work, family and ageing.

ILO Social Protection and OSH Specialist, Ariel Piño, delivered a presentation on “The future of work and its impact on young people and the aged” which looked at some of the major trends impacting the future of work, which include technology, globalization, demography, migration, gender gap, inequalities.

Feature keynote speaker Professor Denise Eldemire, of the Shearer Centre for Ageing at The UWI’s Mona Campus presented on ‘Ageing and The Art of Living: A Doctor’s Prescription’. Other presenters included Francis Jones, Population Affairs Officer, UNECLAC; Dr Nelleen Baboolal, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry; and Dr Camille Huggins, Home Manager and Social Work Lecturer.

Researchers, practitioners and agencies in the field of ageing, human resource management, and policy came together to share the findings of their research and experience. Special interest groups such as the elderly and civil society also enriched the discussions.

It is well recognized that societies where there has been a shift in age groups, some leading to longer life expectancy and an expanding ageing population, with a simultaneously shrinking workforce relative to the young and old populations have had to confront these issues and plan accordingly for the future.

Caribbean societies must now examine these deficiencies in work life balance and begin to plan for a sustained quality of life while managing the productivity of those who are gainfully employed.