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ILO advocates concrete measures to tackle inequality


International Labour Organisation Director-General, Guy Ryder

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has advocated concrete measures to tackle inequality in the work place.It emphasised that the tools to tackle employment inequality already exists and that concrete measures are needed in a range of policy areas.

Director-General of ILO, Guy Ryder, stated this at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, where leaders’ focused on inequality and stressed that immediate action was needed to support greater equity.

Although, Nigeria is not a member of the G7 countries, but issues raised were part of concerns needed to address inequality in the country.Ryder, who sought immediate intervention to achieve change, noted that inequalities on the socio-economic and political space constitute a problem of general consensus, “but we haven’t taken action and as such things have remained at the level of good intentions”

The ILO boss, who decribed inequality as one of the key challenges of our time, said that the fight against inequality aligned with ILO’s mandate for social justice. He noted that inequality, which comes out of labour markets, said there was the need for better linkages and greater coherence among institutions dealing with labour, trade and financial policies to drive effective change.

“If we accept that two of the main drivers of inequality are technology and the changing bargaining relationships inherent in globalisation, then without change to our policies, we will just get more of the same,” he said.

The G7 calls for empowering individuals to adapt labour market support and institutions to provide decent working conditions for all workers.It also underlines the importance of harnessing the potential of current changes to create good jobs for all.Addressing new business models and diverse forms of work arrangements, the declaration directs the ILO’s efforts to harness technological progress and growth in productivity to ensure decent work and just sharing of benefits for all.

It seeks transformative agenda for gender equality through a broad range of policies, including closing persistent gender gaps in pay and participation in the labour market that recognises the persistent challenges of informality.

The G7’s labour and employment track, tagged the G7 Social this year, enhanced the overarching theme of France’s presidency by concentrating on four goals: further integrating international labour standards into the multilateral system, supporting access to universal social protection systems, supporting individuals through digital transformation and its impact on the future of work and promoting job-related equality between women and men.


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