By  on May 29, 2012

GENEVA — Guy Ryder, a British national and a former head of the International Trade Union Confederation, which includes the AFL-CIO, has been elected director-general of the International Labor Organization, effective Oct. 1.

Ryder, who has a strong track record of promoting core ILO labor standards, is expected to elevate the role of the agency in this area, and also in global efforts to create jobs and bring down high levels of unemployment. During his tenure as global union chief from 2002 to 2010, Ryder campaigned against labor abuses in various sectors of the world economy, including textiles and apparel. At the height of the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, he lobbied leaders of G-20 countries to prioritize employment creation policies in the recovery effort.

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