Guy Ryder

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"Guy Ryder is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the world’s largest trade union body with a membership of 170 million workers in 157 countries, which has as its objective the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests worldwide, decent work and sustainable livelihoods for all, equality for women, and a multilateral framework that could provide collective security, peace and a world free from fear, poverty, hunger and the violation of human and trade union rights...

"Guy Ryder was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its founding Congress in 2006 after having served in the same capacity in the ITUC’s predecessor organisation the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) since 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Ryder worked successively at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Great Britain and at the International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees, as Director of the Geneva Office of the ICFTU and Secretary of the Workers’ Group of the Governing Body of the ILO, as Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities of the ILO, and as Director of the Office of the Director-General of the ILO.

"Born in Liverpool (UK) in 1956, Mr Ryder undertook his studies at Cambridge University. His mother tongue is English and he is fluent in Spanish and French. " [1]

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  1. Guy Ryder, OECD, accessed February 27, 2011.