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June 2013

  1. African Union: Job creation key to achieve prosperity

    17 June 2013

    Addressing the 102nd International Labour Conference, African Union Commission's Chair, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has echoed African leaders' vision that job creation is among the most important factors to achieve growth and prosperity. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also highlighted that Africa is a continent of young people and called for more investment to promote employment and the provision of entrepreneurial skills for youth.

  2. Employment and social protection in the new demographic context

    14 June 2013

    Demographic change including population ageing is a universal trend in all countries. Delegates at the 102nd International Labour Conference are discussing the implications of this new demographic context on the labour market and social security systems.

  3. 6 Steps to a job-friendly recovery

    03 June 2013

    Globally, investment as a share of GDP is close to 1 percentage point below the pre-crisis level. Yet emerging economies accounted for 47 per cent of global investment as opposed to advanced economies who represented just over one-third. What does this mean? Investment patterns mirror employment trends. Less investment means less employment and this is what we are seeing in developing and advanced economies. So how do we get back on track to creating jobs? Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies, and lead author of the World of Work Report 2013 presents six steps that countries should follow to enjoy a sustainable job recovery.

May 2013

  1. Policies for youth employment: A global framework to tackle the youth jobs crisis

    08 May 2013

    The current jobs crisis has hit young people especially hard. The ILO urges policy makers to work together with social partners to address this alarming situation. The 2013 edition of the ILO's Global Employment Trends for Youth report analyses a number of key policies and action that can be taken. Gianni Rosas, coordinator of the ILO Youth Employment Programme and co-author of the Report, calls for "a strong focus on growth and jobs, including through a more coordinated macroeconomic response at national and global levels".

  2. Global employment trends for youth 2013 - A generation at risk

    08 May 2013

    An estimated 73.4 million young people - 12.6 per cent – are expected to be out of work in 2013, and the picture is only set to get worse say Sara Elder and Theo Sparreboom, authors of the Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013 report. Youth face persistent unemployment, a proliferation of temporary jobs and growing discouragement in advanced economies; and poor quality, informal, subsistence jobs in developing countries. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but as Sara Elder and Theo Sparreboom explain, there are measures that governments - as well as trade unions and employers - can take to boost youth employment.

March 2013

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    "Confidential, concrete and in consensus" - the work of the ILO's Committee on Freedom of Association

    27 March 2013

    The right of workers and employers to create and join organisations of their own choice freely and without fear of reprisal or interference - to freely associate with whomever they choose - is a fundamental right that the ILO's Declaration of Philadelphia calls "essential for sustained progress of societies worldwide". For over 60 years, the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA) has examined more than 3,000 complaints about violations of this right. Paul van der Heijden, Chair of the CFA since 2002, discusses the work of the Committee and the special role it plays in the ILO's supervisory procedures.

January 2013

  1. Emerging middle classes fuel new global growth engines

    22 January 2013

    Global economic growth slowed sharply in 2012 and its impact on jobs and labour productivity is being felt in every region. Unemployment has gone up the most in the developed economies, such as the European Union. However a strong middle class now emerging in East Asia and elsewhere in the developing world could become a new global growth engine, says ILO Labour Economist, Steven Kapsos.

  2. New skills for new jobs

    22 January 2013

    With high unemployment workers are increasingly finding themselves looking for work in new occupations where they lack the skills employers are looking for. This skills mismatch means unemployed people are taking longer to find a new job, and this is driving up long-term unemployment rates, says ILO Labour Economist Theo Sparreboom, especially for young people.

  3. Wanted: Productive jobs for the developing world

    22 January 2013

    In the developing world an important route to economic growth is through increased opportunities for workers to move from lower to higher productive jobs, for example from subsistence farming to work in industry and service sectors. This process, called "structural change", has slowed down in recent years as job creation in productive sectors has stalled, says ILO Labour Economist Christian Viegelahn.

  4. Uncertainty holds back job creation

    22 January 2013

    Global unemployment was on the rise again in 2012 and with the economic outlook so uncertain businesses are reluctant to invest in jobs. Ernst Ekkehard, Chief of the ILO Employment Trends Unit talks about what can be done to help restore confidence and encourage job creation, especially for young people.

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