Jobless G20

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from OECD): “We, the Heads of the International Labour Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, call upon the Ministers of Labour and Employment of the G20 countries to reinforce their cooperation with a view to enhancing the design and scale of their employment, labour market and social protection policies in order to achieve higher levels of productive and rewarding employment and to contribute to a strengthening of the world economy.

“Even though six years have elapsed since the start of the global financial crisis, the rate of employment growth remains weak in most G20 countries, preventing a significant decline in high levels of unemployment and under-employment.

“As reported in the background documents prepared jointly by the ILO and the OECD for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting, there is considerable diversity across countries in labour market conditions. Over the last 12 months, unemployment has dropped marginally in half of the G20 countries while it has risen in the other half. Unemployment is above 25 per cent in South Africa and Spain; 11 per cent or above in France and Italy and for the EU as a whole; above 7 per cent in Canada, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States; and below 6 per cent in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

“Across all G20 countries, the total number of unemployed reached 93 million in early 2013, some 30 per cent of which on average have been unemployed for over one year. …

“The employment situation in G20 countries would improve considerably with a more supportive external environment dependent on what G20 countries do for their own economy. This requires the collective effort of all countries working towards the shared objective of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”

My Comment: The desire to reduce the number of unemployed and public anger and pressure is clear, but these efforts will lead to nothing because no one needs overproduction and the environment does not put up with it. It is necessary to rebuild the entire attitude towards work, labor, home economics, etc., which is possible only with an overall re-education of the human being.

It is not a difficult task, not too complicated, costly, or burdensome at all. But its effect is noticed immediately and clearly. The only problem is the psychological barrier that must be overcome by those, on whom the decision to introduce universal “Integral Education and Upbringing depends.

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