Britain’s Guy Ryder wins second term at ILO helm

November 7, 2016
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Director-General, Guy Ryder at n Employer's Group Meeting/Photo courtesy of ILO
Director-General, Guy Ryder/Photo courtesy of ILO

, Geneva, Switzerland, Nov 7 – The International Labour Organization (ILO) said Monday it had elected its chief Guy Ryder to take on a second five-year-term when his current mandate expires next year.

The 60-year-old Briton was the only candidate for the post, and was elected with 54 of the 56 votes cast by ILO governing body members, the organisation said in a statement.

Ryder said that his second term, which will begin in October 2017, would kick off “as the world of work is undergoing unprecedented and transformative change”.

He warned in the statement that “the denial of social justice on a deeply disturbing scale constituted a real threat to stability and eventually peace in our societies,” and said the ILO would seek to reassert “social justice as the pole star of international policy making”.

Ryder, a former general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, was first elected to the helm of the ILO in 2012, becoming the organisation’s 10th director general.

He followed Juan Somavia of Chile, who headed the organisation for 14 years.

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