ILO chief urges G20 to take decisive action on job creationListen /
The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is stressing the need for the world's 20 top economies to boost consumer demand to spur growth and create new jobs.
We hear more from Patrick Moser at the ILO in Geneva:
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has urged G20 leaders to take decisive action to create more and better jobs.
In an interview he gave before heading to Saint Petersburg for a summit of the G20, Ryder painted a glum picture of the employment situation.
"I think it is fair to say that every G20 country faces major jobs challenges and some face social tensions often linked to those challenges. And this situation is unlikely to change unless decisive action is taken. And that needs to start happening right now with the G20 in Saint Petersburg."
Ryder pointed out that the G20 already has recognized the need for strong action on the jobs front. Labour and Finance Ministers of the 20 leading economies agreed at a meeting in July on the importance of policy measures aimed at improving conditions for growth and job creation.
But more needs to be done.
"One thing that can be done is to give particular attention to the terms and conditions of employment of those at the bottom half of the labour force who are suffering I think particularly badly in current circumstances. That means that in many countries, minimum wages could be reviewed, collective bargaining, which is a very important driver of decent working conditions, can be strengthened. And if there is one common denominator I think it is the need to address the real social drama of youth unemployment."
Ryder stressed that it is now up to the leaders in Saint Petersburg to take action to promote the creation of quality jobs that will contribute to growth and poverty reduction.
Patrick Moser at the ILO.