Guy Ryder

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(union leader)
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
ChildrenLaura Ellen Ryder

Guy Ryder is a British international civil servant who is the tenth and current Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). He was previously General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) (2006–2010) and previous to that position, Ryder was General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) (2002–2006).


Born in Liverpool in 1956, Ryder studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and then Latin American Studies at Liverpool. He speaks French and Spanish as well as his mother tongue, English. He started his professional career in 1981 as an assistant in the International Department of the Trades Union Congress in London.[citation needed]

Early career

From 1985, Ryder held the position of Secretary of the Industry Trade Section of the International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees (FIET) in Geneva.[citation needed]

In 1988, he became Assistant Director of the Geneva office of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), then in 1993 was appointed as its Director.[citation needed]

Ryder first joined the International Labour Organization in 1998 as Director of its Bureau for Workers’ Activities and then in 1999 became Director of the Office of the Director-General. It was during this time that the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda was launched and won support from other international bodies.[1]

In 2002, Ryder was appointed as General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), based in Brussels, where he led a process described as the global unification of the democratic international trade union movement. He also became a leading figure in the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), for which he spoke at the 2005 World Summit. He was elected as first General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) when it was created in 2006 and headed its delegations to talks with the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, and World Trade Organization and to the G20 Leaders’ Summits.[citation needed]

In September 2010, Ryder came back to the ILO in Geneva as an Executive Director, with responsibility for international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. Among other activities, he supervised the application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations and headed ILO missions to address issues related to labour standards in several member countries, including Bahrain, Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Greece, Myanmar, and Swaziland.[citation needed]

Director-General of the ILO

Guy Ryder was elected as ILO Director-General by the ILO's Governing Body in May 2012 and took office on 1 October, 2012. On taking office, he pledged to position the Organization as a determined actor translating principle into action and ensuring that it had the capacity to make a major difference to the working lives of people on all of the continents. To support this he launched a major reform process geared to assuring the ILO’s authority on matters falling within its mandate.[2]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004World Economic Forum
2069 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014Switzerland2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201521 January 201524 January 2015SwitzerlandAttended by a lot of people. This page lists only the 261 "Public Figures".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by over 2500 people, both leaders and followers, who were explained how the Fourth Industrial Revolution would changed everything, including being a "revolution of values".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2951 known participants
WEF/Annual Meeting/201823 January 201826 January 2018Switzerland~2200 of the super-rich meet to talk about "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019World Economic Forum
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21 January 2020, coinciding with the start of the meeting.