ILO says America remains the most unequal region on the planet


The American continent remains the most unequal region on the planet and its major challenge is to reduce the informal labor market, Guy Ryder, director general of the International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Monday.

“The average informality rate in the Americas is almost 47%. It has decreased, but remains high, ”said Ryder during a news conference held before the start of the 18th American Regional Meeting of the ILO, which starts this Monday (13) in Lima.

The ILO representative added that "the challenge of formalizing work in the region must be a priority" since, according to him, "with these informality rates, it is no surprise that the Americas are still the most unequal region on the planet".

Ryder pointed out, however, that progress has been made in terms of employment, since the regional urban unemployment rate is 6,2%, down from 6,6% last year.

About 400 representatives and delegates from 70 countries attended the ILO meeting in Lima. During the meeting, opened by the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, the progress and changes in the work situation in America were evaluated, since the last regional meeting, held in 2010, in Santiago, Chile.
Source: UOL 13/10/2014



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