International labour organizers say they have a message for world leaders ahead of the G8 and G20 summits: Things must change.

Leaders of the International Trade Union Confederation, which is holding its world congress in Vancouver ahead of the summits this week, say they will tell leaders there won’t be economic recovery without jobs.

In fact, a large part of the confederation’s second World Congress, entitled Now The People, will look at the global economic crisis and how the congress believes leaders should proceed.

The group’s general secretary, Guy Ryder, and Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday to relay the message.

Ryder said global economic recovery is extremely fragile and unemployment levels are still far too high. “I take away from the meeting his repeated phrase — and I welcome it — that between fiscal consolidation and job creation, he said, ‘It’s a balancing act.’”