The Priority of Growth and Jobs—the IMF’s Dialogue with the Unions

A couple of weeks ago, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn attended the 2nd World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Vancouver. Reflecting on his meetings with the labor movement, he draws three main conclusions: (i) the IMF views its interaction with the labor movement as extremely valuable, and this had influenced our thinking; (ii) the labor movement has a major role to play in supporting continued economic cooperation across the world; and (iii) the IMF and labor movement share a number of important goals—standing against narrow domestic interests, nationalism, and war.

Don’t Forget Financial Sector Reform

IMF First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky discusses the need for financial sector reform following the global financial crisis, and addresses the Fund’s role in assessing options for a financial sector tax to help pay for the costs of the crisis and improve systemic stability.

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