03.11.2004

New ILO report examines future of work and quality in the media, culture and graphical sector

New media, multimedia and information and communication technologies may
increase the demand for journalists, editors, artistes and others in the media,
graphical and culture sectors, but compromise the quality of their work and of
their working conditions, according to a new International Labour Office (ILO)
report.

The growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
across the world is changing our lifestyle, and has been at the centre of
discussions, both for socio-economic research and policy-making, for over a
decade. It has led the social partners to enhance sectoral social dialogue as a
means of addressing key bargaining issues, notably the future of work and
quality in the Information Society. Among the 22 industrial sectors that the
ILO's Sectoral Activities Programme covers, the media and entertainment
industries have been at the forefront of these changes, along with the
electronics and telecommunications industries.

How the Information Society affects employment (number of jobs, new
occupations, employment status, differential impact on specific areas, skill
levels, gender equity) and the quality of working life in the sector are
important topics of analysis. Equally significant are: the capacity of training
programmes to meet future requirements of employers and workers; the access by
workers to such training; as well as their ability and willingness to adapt
quickly enough to new technologies and needs.

The report, entitled "The Future of Work and Quality in the Information
Society: The Media, Culture, Graphical Sector" (Note 1), notes that
computerization is tending to create jobs in the sector rather than killing
them, although some segments are experiencing serious declines in employment.


Conversely, the report also observes that the explosion of new and multi-media
is prompting growing concerns over the level of quality of working conditions
and of output in the media, cultural and graphical sectors, and presents new
challenges in terms of training for jobs in the media and entertainment
industry.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Organization