Unionist elected head of the ILO

01 June 2012
Guy Ryder
Guy Ryder, former general-secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, has been elected to head the United Nations global agency for work-related issues.

Guy Ryder - a former general-secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation - the ITUC - has been elected to head the United Nations global agency for work-related issues.

See the full press release from ILO.

Mr Ryder becomes the tenth Director-General of the International Labour Organization - the ILO. He left the ITUC in 2010 to work at the ILO. Mr Ryder beat out eight other candidates - all from governments - to win the top job at the Organization.

The ILO was founded in 1919 in order to promote peace through decent work. It sets the minimum standards for work in the world by establishing international labour conventions which member countries can adopt as part of their legal frameworks. In 1969 it won the Nobel Peace Prize. It operates formally as a tripartite organization of governments, employer organizations and labour unions.

Mr Ryder will begin his five year term as Director-General of the ILO in October 2012.

See Guy Ryder launching ILO's Global Estimates on Foreced Labour at the International Labour conference.

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