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Investment And Decent Work In Care: 29 October - Global Day Of Action For Care

Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 6:59 am | ITUC

Care workers have experienced extraordinary pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need to demand adequate investment in good quality health and care systems. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “The pandemic has exacerbated ... More >>

Governments Must Make Progress On UN Human Rights Treaty

Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 6:28 am | ITUC

A key intergovernmental meeting in Geneva this week needs to make substantive progress towards a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights, following a joint statement by UN human rights experts calling for a level playing field globally for responsible ... More >>

ESwatini: Global Unions Condemn Brutal Attack On Civilians

Saturday, 23 October 2021, 7:33 am | ITUC

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI) and Public Service International (PSI) have condemned the latest attacks by state forces in eSwatini on working people. On 20 October, public sector workers were assaulted ... More >>

G20 Trade Ministers Fail On TRIPS Waiver And COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 6:46 am | ITUC

Last week’s G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting shows there is no agreement on a path forward for reform of the global economy and global trade rules. Hope for sharing intellectual property and production capacity for vaccines and hope for reform ... More >>

Time For The World Bank And IMF To Embrace Full, Decent Employment

Saturday, 16 October 2021, 7:24 am | ITUC

Governments have gathered at the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank this week as the economic forecast shows employment falling behind growth. There is a global deficit of vaccines and a shortage of decent work must be addressed to avoid ... More >>

Nobel Prize In Economics Explodes Minimum Wage And Jobs Myth

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 7:45 am | ITUC

The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics has further exploded a decades-old myth that increasing minimum wages costs jobs. The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, ... More >>

Minimum Global Corporate Tax Rate: A Launchpad For Greater Ambition

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 6:35 am | ITUC

The ITUC has welcomed the agreement by 136 countries on global tax reform, which includes a 15% minimum global tax rate, but it must be the beginning of changing the system so big companies pay their fair share. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow ... More >>

French Senate Recognises Myanmar National Unity Government

Thursday, 7 October 2021, 7:15 am | ITUC

The ITUC has welcomed the pioneering decision by the French Senate to recognise the National Unity Government (NUG) as the official government of Myanmar. The Senate, the upper house of the French parliament, adopted the resolution unanimously. ITUC ... More >>

7 October – World Day For Decent Work (#WDDW): Just Jobs

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 7:03 am | ITUC

With trade unions and workers’ rights supporters mobilising around the world on October 7, the World Day for Decent Work, the ITUC is calling for governments to adopt national jobs plans based on dialogue with unions and employers. Every country ... More >>

UNGA76: ITUC Supports The Secretary-General’s “Global Accelerator For Jobs And Social Protection”

Friday, 1 October 2021, 6:48 am | ITUC

The ITUC has welcomed the Global Accelerator announced by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and its target for jobs and social protection. The policy brief sets out a target to create at least 400 million jobs by 2030, primarily in the green ... More >>

ITUC Condemns Wave Of Attacks On Belarusian Trade Unionists

Friday, 24 September 2021, 5:50 am | ITUC

The ITUC has condemned the latest attacks by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus on the independent trade union movement there. Earlier in September , senior activists from the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU) and members of ... More >>

World Bank “Doing Business” Report Goes Out Of Business

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 6:02 am | ITUC

The World Bank’s decision to terminate its discredited “Doing Business” report is long overdue. The annual report for the past 18 years graded and ranked countries according to whether their regulatory or tax regimes were sufficiently pro-business. ... More >>

Hong Kong: ITUC Affiliate HKCTU To Disband

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 6:16 am | ITUC

In recent months the HKCTU and its member organisations have faced unprecedented attacks, intimidation and allegations of offences under the national security law. The personal safety of union leaders has also been threatened. The HKCTU’s decision ... More >>

New ILO/WHO Work Fatality Figures Must Spur Action

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 6:14 am | ITUC

New figures jointly released by the ILO and the WHO identify that 19 work-related risk factors cause some two million deaths each year. However, adding in causes of death by risk factors not included in the joint report and filling in information ... More >>

Myanmar: Action For The National Unity Government

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 6:06 am | ITUC

To mark the International Day of Democracy , the Global Unions are stepping up their campaign in support of democracy in Myanmar. On 1 February, the military seized power. More than 1,000 peaceful, pro-democracy protesters have been killed, and more than ... More >>

ITUC Welcomes UN Secretary-General’s Report “Our Common Agenda”

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 5:58 am | ITUC

A much-anticipated report from UN Secretary-General António Guterres backs the call for a renewed social contract, setting out an ambitious plan for multilateral action to address the multiple crises facing the world. The report contrasts two ... More >>

Tunisia: ITUC Backs UGTT Call For Early Election

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 6:58 am | ITUC

The ITUC is supporting a call by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) for early parliamentary elections to break a democratic paralysis. UGTT Secretary General Noureddine Taboubi has called for a national vote to bring in a new legislature to provoke a ... More >>

Global COVID-19 Vaccine Deficit Is A Scandal

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 6:01 am | ITUC

The revelation in a World Health Organization (WHO) statement that just 20% of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries will have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of this year is a scandal of epic proportions. Around 80% of people in ... More >>

Ukraine: ITUC Concerned About Wave Of Regressive Labour Laws

Saturday, 11 September 2021, 5:45 am | ITUC

The ITUC has written jointly with the ETUC to senior politicians in Ukraine to raise serious concerns about ongoing regressive labour reforms in the country. Several draft laws are being considered by the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) ... More >>

Korea: Release KCTU President

Friday, 3 September 2021, 7:15 am | ITUC

The ITUC and its Asia-Pacific regional organisation, ITUC-Asia Pacific, are demanding the immediate release of the president of the KCTU Korea, Yang Kyeung-soo, from detention. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “The charges against Yang are wrong ... More >>