Observance of World Unemployment Day 19 July

Unemployment seems inescapable. Around the globe, some are temporarily laid off, underemployed or permanently retrenched. What are the underlying reasons? Is the world becoming too overcrowded? Is industrialization to blame?

July 19th

Every country suffers from unemployment and thus, the subject needs to be seriously and immediately addressed. There are millions of unemployed persons throughout this world. Many of these persons realize that there are no boundaries to unemployment as it could affect anyone. Unemployed persons do not belong to a particular race, class, religion or gender. In an age of technology, globalization and increasing population, there is an urgent need for us to solve or alleviate the high unemployment levels.

Unemployment seems inescapable. Around the globe, some are temporarily laid off, underemployed or permanently retrenched. What are the underlying reasons? Is the
world becoming too overcrowded? Has industrialization and technology increased the problem? Are policies and legislation ineffective? Should we still search for solutions among ideologies as Socialism, Marxism and Communism? Is there a need for a new economic ideology to emerge? Should we ignore unemployment because it will always exist?

The recent global financial crisis resulted in thousands of persons becoming unemployed in 2009. This must not be repeated. We must seriously tackle the root causes of unemployment.

Hopefully the observance of World Unemployment Day on July 19th will explore the factors contributing to unemployment.

The reduction and eventual elimination of unemployment is possible. Individuals and countries need to consider promoting or adopting some of the below suggestions.

1. More co-operation between the government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
2. Better allocation of human and physical resources to assist those in need.
3. Regular government reports and updates on the levels of poverty and unemployment in each country.
4. Frequent media reports highlighting the plight of the unemployed, vagrancy and street children.
5. More rational allocation and utilization of government expenditure for social welfare programs.
6. Efficient and monitored half-way houses, drop-in-centres and support systems for unemployed persons. This would include counselling for those suffering from depression and considering suicide.
7. More collaboration among the religious bodies, public and private sectors.
8. Public support of ventures and projects of organizations involved in assisting the
poverty-stricken and homeless.
9. Stronger campaigns against the misuse of funds. There is a need for international monitoring of governments in their use of funds/loans and implementation of policies. Awarding of jobs based on merit and need. There is also need for swift justice for corrupt politicians.
10. Stop blaming the unemployed for their condition. Nobody wants to be cold, lonely, scorned, suffering or hungry.

Societies, individuals, NGOs and governments are invited to discuss the effectiveness and implement as much of the above recommendations as possible.

It is unfortunate that high levels of unemployment contribute to a country's political and economic instability. Other social problems connected to or resulting from unemployment include depression, frustration, poverty, suicide, crime, violence and drug abuse.

Public and private institutions, NGOs, trade unions, international bodies, working class organizations and concerned citizens throughout the world are being contacted to assist in the annual observance of World Unemployment Day on July 19th.

How can this Day be effectively observed? Tactics and strategies could include peaceful marches, public debates, seminars, conferences and petitioning relevant authorities and politicians.

Unite and let the voice of the unemployed be heard


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Tags: crisis, politics, unemployment

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