ILO wants 600m jobs to check unemployment
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said that the world would need 600 million jobs by 2030 to effectively resolve global unemployment just as it disclosed that no fewer than 210 million people were unemployed globally.
Also, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its unemployment report for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016 said 3.67 million Nigerians lost their jobs last year.
The NBS revealed that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose from 7.51 million in 2015 to 11.19 million at the end of September 2016. Vice President of ILO Governing Body, Luc Cortebeeck said: “Presently, we are suffering an official unemployment rate of 210 million people and this means that by the year 2030 we will need 600 million additional jobs for the future.
“Because if you want to give dignity to people, then they need to have jobs and if you want to give protection and fight poverty, then we need work. Employment is a very important issue and governments need to provide more quality employment for its citizens,” he said.
Cortebeeck said there were a lot of challenges facing the future of work globally and this includes new technology, inequality, unemployment, migration and injustices, among others.
He however, said that migration was a serious issue as it cannot be avoided; adding that to avoid more migration, there was need for development and investments that would create quality and sustainable jobs.
“Citizens must be educated so that they would not have to go to other countries. It is really dangerous when educated people move to other western countries in search of greener pastures.
“So, governments, employers, civil societies must come together to look at the society as a whole to find the solution to the challenges on the future of work,” he added.
The President of ILO, Ryder Guy, said there is presently more desperation for social justice and decent work than when the ILO was created 100 years ago. Ryder said that there was a huge transformation in the world of work that the world had not witnessed before.
“One of such rapid change always leave people with the feeling that they are not in control of the process, and that they are the perceived recipients of the effect of the changes that they are not able to check the future.
“Also, the world of work is not delivering the benefits that it should to all workers due to the challenges that do not fit into the political lives of our countries,” he said.
He said that the ILO was working on initiatives aimed at understanding the transformation of work in order for the organisation to be equipped to advance its mandate for social justice.
Ryder further noted that the initiative was examining the existing conventions and recommendations, as well as identifying what was up-to-date and what was no longer relevant, among others.
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