“Under these circumstances, it is clear that the kind of future people want is one that can deliver opportunities for decent work in a sustainable environment. This is a perfectly normal human aspiration.
The goal of decent work is best expressed through the eyes of people. It is about our job and future prospects; about our working conditions; about balancing work and family life, putting our kids through school or getting them out of child labor.
It is about our personal abilities to compete in the market place, keep up with new technological skills and remain healthy. It is about developing our entrepreneurial skills, about receiving a fair share of the wealth that have helped to create and not being discriminated against; it is about having a voice in our workplace and our community.
In the most extreme situations it is about moving from subsistence to existence. For many, it is the primary route out of poverty. For many more, it is about realizing personal aspirations in their daily existence and about solidarity with others. And everywhere, and for everybody, decent work is about securing human dignity.”
Source from ILO, 89th session, Geneva 2001