ILO: Employment rights essential to economic recovery

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International labour standards must be preserved and promoted if the world is to recover from the economic and employment crisis, says the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder.

He says the rush to create jobs was not an excuse to abandon workers rights and international labour standards.

Mr Ryder who has taken over the leadership of ILO from Juan Somavia says tackling youth unemployment was critical to easing the global economic crisis.

ILO estimates that there are over 75 million young people are out of work worldwide.

"All of the evidence shows that if a young person is out of work for one or two years at the beginning of their career, that affects them throughout their working life. There is no way back for most of them. So we have to act urgently, we have to act now, we have to target young people. One way to do it is by examining the experience of youth guarantee schemes, that is to say if a young person is out of work and out of education they need to be given a guarantee chance to get work experience or further training. Sounds expensive, it's affordable. It's an investment not a cost, and this is one of the priorities that ILO is going to have to turn its attention to in the months ahead and quickly because it is an emergency."

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