(File photo} Protesters demonstrate against education cuts and reforms on May 9, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

Editor’s Note: CNN’s Irene Chapple is reporting from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Council meeting in Paris. Follow her on Twitter.

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Union representatives told OECD Forum policy makers must shift away from austerity

Unions have proposed nine-point plan including increased investment in job creation

The unions are also pushing for a crackdown on corporate taxation loopholes

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The “failed” policies of austerity must be rejected and focus instead turn to job creation, international union representatives said during a meeting of global leaders in Paris Tuesday.

Members of the International Trade Union Confederation, speaking at the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum, said the world needed to shift its focus as harsh austerity measures had been unable to pull troubled nations such as those in the eurozone out of recession.

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Richard Trumka, of the AFL-CIO union in the U.S., said austerity had “totally and utterly failed,” destroying millions of jobs, driving economies into recession and choking recovery.