ILO's Director-General: In the media

January 2013

  1. CNN

    ILO Head says to "down the dose" when it comes to austerity

    24 January 2013

    Austerity measures have been counterproductive according to the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder who likened their effects to a drug that was too potent. Speaking to Richard Quest on CNN's "Quest Means Business" at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Ryder said it was time to down the dose of austerity and that a paralysis of policies to create employment was one of the main obstacles to recovery in many countries.

  2. CNBC World Wide Exchange

    Impact of current unemployment in Europe "catastrophic" warns ILO Chief

    24 January 2013

    The situation of the labour market is getting worse and, according to ILO estimates, 5 million more people will be unemployed in 2013, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. In a live interview with CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ryder expressed grave concern over the labour situation, particularly when it comes to young workers. He said the notion of a lost generation is not a cliché, but unfortunately a reality.

  3. Sky News

    Spain facing great depression conditions, warns ILO Director-General

    24 January 2013

    Spain and its European partners should take a second look at the path their countries are following, according to Guy Ryder, ILO's Director-General. Speaking to the British channel Sky News from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he stressed that the crisis is far from over, especially for those who are standing in the jobs queue.

  4. World Radio Switzerland

    Rising unemployment trends are back, says ILO

    22 January 2013

    There are 197 million unemployed across the world and nearly 40 million people have given up searching for work. And the under-25 age group is the hardest hit in Europe and across the globe. The ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder talks to Tony Ganzer of Swiss radio's English service WRS, about these employment trends and how to get people back to work.

  5. BBC Business Report

    Unemployment set to rise again, warns ILO Director-General

    22 January 2013

    The worst of the financial crisis is not yet behind us and global unemployment is still rising, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at a press conference for the ILO's Global Employments Trends 2013. The BBC cites report estimates that 5.1 million more people will become unemployed in 2013, and a further 3 million in 2014. The report also warns of an alarming skills mismatch affecting most countries, where employers can't find workers with the necessary skills.

  6. Bangkok Post

    Force for labour

    08 January 2013

    During his visit to Thailand, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder talked to the Bangkok Post about Thailand’s 300 baht minimum wage, migrant workers’ rights and what motivated him during his career and campaign to lead the ILO.

December 2012

  1. CNBC World Wide Exchange

    ILO Chief: US needs 10 million new jobs to get to pre-crisis levels

    10 December 2012

    In the US, three million jobs are needed just to replace the pre-crisis loss, and additional seven million will be needed to absorb the people coming into the job market, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a special CNBC World Wide Exchange. Such ambition is required to go along with a better job creation, added the ILO Chief concluding that we will see quite a lot of employment relocation, especially in the manufacturing sector and that countries like the US need to be ready to exploit new opportunities as they arise.

  2. NBC

    Wage growth still far below pre-crisis level, warns the ILO

    07 December 2012

    The continuing crisis is having a negative impact in the labour market in a number of ways, and particularly on the evolution of wages according to the ILO's Global Wage Report 2012-13. US television network NBC reports that wages grew at a lower pace than labour productivity over a decade in the majority of countries for which data are available.

  3. BBC World Business Report

    Falling labour share cause for concern, says ILO

    07 December 2012

    BBC World Business Report discusses the rebalancing of economic power between developed and developing nations and whether workers are getting a fair share of the profits as productivity rises in the global economy.

October 2012

  1. CNN

    ILO Head says G20 must act now to support demand that creates employment

    11 October 2012

    The situation in global economic conditions has deteriorated to such a degree that G20 countries should urgently make good on the commitments they made in Los Cabos to support demand to create employment, according to ILO Director General Guy Ryder. In an interview with John Defterios of CNN's Global Exchange, he went on to say that whatever differences prevent the financial system from delivering for the real economy, they have to be ironed out pretty quickly lest 3 million more jobs are lost worldwide.