Many delegates attending the 104th International Labour Conference are hopeful that it will help improve conditions for workers around the world.
Carla Drysdale spoke with participants attending the meeting in Geneva, from different regions of the globe
They shared their perspectives on the impact they think the gathering can have on issues including unemployment and social protection.
Efforts are underway to move more workers around the world out of the informal or so-called “grey economy”.
The UN’s International Labour Organization estimates that up to 80 per cent of the workforce in developing countries is engaged in the informal sector.
Grey workers often experience unsafe conditions and can lack protection in terms of the payment of wages or overtime.
Labour experts from around the world are spending the next two weeks focusing on how to boost the success of small and medium-sized enterprises or SMEs.
They’re meeting at the UN’s International Labour Conference currently underway in Geneva.
With two-thirds of the world’s workers employed in SMEs, policies to bolster their success is a priority of the Conference as Carla Drysdale reports.