Youth behind the push for decent work

Job seekers, Zimbabwe

Young people are driving the movement towards freedom and the creation of proper jobs according to Juan Somavia, the Director General for the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The ILO is holding its 100th annual session in the wake of a recent economic and job crisis.

Juan Somavia says global unemployment rates were unacceptably high, especially in the Arab countries.

"From Tahrir Square to Puerta de Sol, in streets and plazas of many countries, we are witnessing the birth of a social and popular movement led by youth that may change the world if they are reflecting the silent disquiet of the people that believe that 3,500 million people cannot have the same income as 61 million people. So we should understand that in this context, the youth are behind the movement for freedom and decent work."

He told the assembly of governments, employers and workers that business as usual was not an option.

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