Representatives of ASEAN member States in charge of labour, education and industry, employers’ associations, ASEAN Trade Union Council and ASEAN Services Trade Union Council participated in the last Regional Conference on Reducing Youth Unemployment held in Jakarta. They shared their strategies to address the future of work including (a) Indonesia’s roadmap towards Industry Revolution 4.0; (b) Singapore’s Skills Future initiative to foster future oriented skills; (c) Philippines’ promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The future reduction of youth unemployment was related to the promotion of up-skilling and re-skilling opportunities; the implementation of functional labour market information systems and technical and vocational education and training in partnerships with industries.
It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.