ILO's Director-General: In the media

April 2013

  1. CNN

    ILO Chief on Eurozone unemployment - "We can expect worse to come"

    02 April 2013

    As Eurozone unemployment hit an historic high at 12 percent, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said that while that figure was very disturbing, it was not surprising and would probably get worse unless more was done to put in place policies to promote employment. He went on to say that youth unemployment figures are "absolutely catastrophic" at over 50 percent and the governments have to do more to get the austerity balance right.

January 2013

  1. Al Jazeera-World Economic Forum panel discussion

    ILO chief: Quick action needed to tackle jobs crisis

    25 January 2013

    With signs of improvement in the financial market, now is the time for policymakers to take action and tackle the jobs crisis, said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. Mr. Ryder participated in an Al Jazeera-World Economic Forum panel discussion, alongside heads of state and business, to discuss the pressing issue of employment. The discussion was webcast live and aired on the Al Jazeera English business tv program "Counting the Cost".

  2. NDTV

    Jobs crisis must be at centre of World Economic Forum discussion, says ILO

    25 January 2013

    New ILO figures show global unemployment is rising again and another 5 million are expected to be unemployed in 2013. The ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder told Indian broadcaster NDTV that policymakers and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos should question the idea that an economic recovery is underway.

  3. Euronews

    Global unemployment is getting worse, warns ILO head

    24 January 2013

    In 2012 4.2 million people joined the ranks of the unemployed. "It's great if the financial world is feeling better about life but for the world of work things are getting worse," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to Euronews correspondent Isabelle Kumar. In this report Euronews looks at how business people and world leaders are hoping to tackle unemployment.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.