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The annual Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has concluded its 2010 session with a strong call for placing employment and social protection at the centre of recovery policies. "We must get the right balance of policies to secure strong, sustainable and balanced growth," said conference delegates.
Meeting in the run-up to the G20 leaders summit in Toronto, representatives of the 'real economy', government, employer and worker delegates from the ILO's 183 member States, expressed broad concern that the global economic recovery remained "fragile and unevenly distributed, and many labour markets are yet to see jobs recovery match economic recovery."
ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a message to the closing plenary of the Conference "the only real recovery is a recovery without social deficit. Quality jobs at the heart of the recovery. This remains more relevant than ever."
Speakers from governments, employers and workers alike noted that the continuing lack of a jobs recovery placed a "terrible burden" on the unemployed, while at the same time hindered efforts to create "the right environment for enterprises to create employment." Others cautioned against premature exit from stimulus packages, which "simply were going to make matters worse."