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The ILO Director-General addresses ACTRAV-Turin participants at a training workshop in Beijing

During his visit to China, Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, dropped in to greet trade union representatives from nine Asian countries participating in a training workshop on 'Wage-led, Job-rich Recovery from Crisis” in Beijing.

The activity was organized by the Workers’ Education Programme at the Centre and  the Chinese trade union centre ACFTU. Mr Ryder was accompanied by Ms Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General of the ILO and Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, Regional Director, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

“Declining wage shares and unequal income distribution are among the root causes of the global economic crisis and it is essential that countries embark on wage-led, job-rich recovery policies to promote a virtuous circle of sustainable and inclusive economic growth” said Guy Ryder in his first address as DG at a Centre activity.

He also complained about the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, calling for respect for workers’ rights throughout the supply chain of global manufacturing.

In this context, Mr Ryder also highlighted the importance of tripartite social dialogue to develop national policy responses to the global economic crisis and welcomed training activities like the one in Beijing, aimed at building the capacities of constituents to participate effectively in policy making, and based on a positive South-South cooperation initiative.

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