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Worker's poverty growing: ILO report published.

You may be interested to know that the International Labour Office (ILO) has recently released its Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) report. The message is that unfortunately, throughout the world, globalisation is failing to create enough new, quality jobs, and is creating wide gaps in wage and productivity gains.

With regards Africa, the most severe workers' poverty is growing in the continent, although it is declining in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. The study finds that Africa and parts of Latin America are seeing increasing numbers of people working in less favorable conditions, especially in the agricultural sector.

Many of the jobs are in the informal economy, at low-levels of productivity, and failing to provide workers with enough income to pull themselves or their families out of poverty.

For example, the number of workers living on less than $1 per day in sub-Saharan Africa increased by 28m between 1994 and 2004. In addition, for the first time, this year's KILM allows an examination of the relationship between economic growth and employment.

The KILM provides a global picture of the quantity and quality of jobs, based on 20 key indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty, hours worked, wages, labour productivity, types of economic activity and also looks at how youth and women are faring in the labour markets. In addition, the KILM says that currently, half the world's workers still do not earn enough to lift themselves and their families above the $2 a day poverty line.

Guebray Berhane

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Author:Berhane, Guebray
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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