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Global Jobs Pact: We need to work together —ILO

By Funmi Komolafe
The 98th session of the International Labour Organisation ( ILO) held in Geneva, Switzerland last month, was one in which the three social partners; workers, government and employers agreed to work together to create job more job opportunities .This was done with the unanimous adoption of the Global Jobs Pact.

Labour Vanguard presents the first part of the  ILO’s programme “Recovering from the crisis: A Global Jobs Pact”.

The Global Jobs Pact begin with what is tagged, “A decent work response to the crisis”. It gave a background to the crisis and its effect.“ The global economic crisis and its aftermath mean the world faces the prospect of a prolonged increase in unemployment, deepening poverty and inequality. Employment has usually only recovered several years after economic recovery. In some countries, the simple recovery of previous employment levels will not be enough to contribute effectively to strong economies, and to achieve decent work for women and men”.

Apart from this,the conference noted that “Enterprises and employment are being lost” as a result of the global financial crisis and to address this, there must comprehensive response.

The ILO made it clear “The world must do better.”

How would this be done?  The ILO stated, “There is a need for coordinated global policy options in order to strengthen national and international efforts centred around jobs, sustainable enterprises, quality public services, protecting people whilst safeguarding rights and promoting voice and participation”.

This, it explained, “will contribute to economic revitalization, fair globalization, prosperity and social justice”.

The social partners are convinced that with the implementation of the Global Jobs Pact, “The world should look different after the crisis”.

Why? They and the secretariat of the ILO are convinced that their collective “response should contribute to a fair globalization, a greener economy and development that more effectively creates jobs and sustainable enterprises, respects workers’ rights, promotes gender equality, protects vulnerable people, assists countries in the provision of quality public services and enables countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals”.

Governments and workers’ and employers’ organizations commit to work together to contribute to the success of the Global Jobs Pact with the The International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) Decent Work Agenda as  the framework for this response.

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