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 February 19, 2011 10:48 PM


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In this still-struggling economy, our country needs one thing:  more good jobs. But instead of focusing on finding ways to create good jobs, politicians have turned their attention to political payback to the corporate CEOs who spent more than $1 billion on the November elections.

In states across the country, workers are fighting back against corporate-backed lawmakers who are trying to use state budget problems as an excuse to gut workers’ rights and benefits, when in fact it was Wall Street’s gambles and broken promises that have hurt taxpayers and the middle class—not workers. CEOs are trying to shift the blame for high unemployment and rising poverty levels away from themselves and onto workers and our unions.

But we won't let that happen.  Workers across the country -- from Wisconsin to Indiana, Ohio, and beyond -- are fighting back.

  • In Wisconsin, workers, students, community, and faith have joined together to stage massive protests this week against Governor Walker’s budget proposal which would gut collective bargaining rights for 200,000 public workers.  Tens of thousands of people are putting their everyday lives on hold to stand in solidarity.  Student Labor Action Project activists in Wisconsin have been mobilizing on a daily basis to the capitol.
    WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    • Beginning Monday, workers, students, faith leaders, and community allies will be holding solidarity rallies in their own states.  Plan your own action, or contact your local JwJ coalition to find out if there is already an action planned in your area.
    • Thousands of people are changing their facebook status to say, “Today I stand with in solidarity with the teachers, firefighters, nurses, and all public workers who are fighting for their rights. If you do too, change this to your status for the rest of the day.”
    • The Student Labor Action Project is organizing a March 2nd Public Need vs Corporate Greed Day of Action.  Stay tuned for more details on these actions in days to come.
  • In Ohio, working people are also fighting a repeal of collective bargaining rights for the teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other public servants who provide vital services in our communities.  Yesterday, thousands of people, including members of Columbus and Toledo JwJ, converged on the capitol to rally against Senate Bill 5.  JwJ coalitions throughout the state, including Cleveland and Columbus, are gearing up for more actions in the coming weeks, including more actions at the capitol, vigils, town hall meetings, and rallies in key cities.
  • In Indiana, working people are fighting several anti-worker bills, including so-called "Right to Work" legislation that makes it easier for companies to lower wages and cut benefits.  JwJ coalitions across the state have been taking action at the state house and holding hearings and press conferences.  They're gearing up for a hearing on Right to Work and visits to the state house every day next week
  • In other states across
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 January 25, 2011 7:41 PM

RECORD HIGHS IN GLOBAL UNEMPLOYMENT LIKELY TO PERSIST IN 2011, UN REPORTS

New York, Jan 25 2011 12:10PM
Despite a sharp rebound in economic growth for many countries, global unemployment in 2011 is likely to continue at the record highs of the past three years, highlighting the need for long-term policies that prioritize quality job creation, according to the United Nations labour agency.

Moreover, a narrow focus in developed economies on reducing fiscal deficits without addressing the challenge of job creation will further weaken employment prospects in 2011, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) warns in a new report – “Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recovery.”

“In spite of a highly differentiated recovery in labour markets across the world, the tremendous human costs of the recession are still with us,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia noted of official global unemployment, which stood at 205 million in 2010, essentially unchanged from 2009, that is 27.6 million more than on the eve of the global economic crisis in 2007.

The ILO projects a global unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent, equivalent to 203.3 million unemployed, through 2011, as the labour market registers a highly differentiated recovery with persistently high levels of unemployment and growing discouragement in developed countries, and employment growth but continued high levels of vulnerable employment and working poverty in developing regions.

These trends stand in stark contrast to the recovery seen in several key macroeconomic indicators. Global gross domestic product (GDP), private consumption, investment, and international trade and equity markets all recovered in 2010, surpassing pre-crisis levels.

“There is one common challenge: we need to rethink our standard macroeconomic policy mixes and make quality job creation and decent work a central target of macroeconomic policies, alongside high growth, low inflation and balanced public budgets,” Mr. Somavia said. “We must not forget that for people the quality of work defines the quality of a society.”

Worldwide, 78 million young people were unemployed in 2010, well above the pre-crisis level of 73.5 million in 2007, but down from 80 million in 2009. Unemployment in the 15-24 age group stood at 12.6 per cent in 2010, 2.6 times the adult rate of unemployment.

“Youth employment is a world priority,” Mr. Somavia said. “The weak recovery in decent work reinforces a persistent inability of the world economy to secure a future for all youth. This undermines families, social cohesion and the credibility of policies” he added.

Some 55 per cent of the rise in global unemployment between 2007 and 2010 occurred in what ILO terms the Developed Economies and European Union (EU) region, which only accounts for 15 per cent of the world’s labour force. In several developing countries, such as Brazil, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uruguay, unemployment rates have actually fallen below pre-crisis levels.

On a regional level, joblessness in South-East Asia and the Pacific did not increase but the number of workers in vulnerable employment rose by 5.4 million since 2007 to 173.7 million in 2009. South Asia had the highest vulnerable job rate at 78.5 per cent of all jobs in 2009. In East Asia, youth unemployment remains a major challenge at 8.3 per cent, 2.5 times the adult rate.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, rapid recovery has led to strong job growth but vulnerable jobs have increased. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than three quarters of workers are in vulnerable jobs and four out of five are living with their families on less than $2 a person per day. In North Africa, an alarming 23.6 per cent of economically active young people were unemployed in 2010.

In Central and South-Eastern Europe and the former Soviet States, unemployment declined to 9.6 per cent after peaking in 2009 at 10.4 per cent, the highest regional rate in the world.

Globally, some 1.53 billion workers were in vulnerable employment in 2009, a vulnerable job rate of 50.1 per cent and broadly unchanged since 2008, in sharp contrast to the steady and significant average decline in the years preceding the crisis. Some 630 million workers – 20.7 per cent of all workers – lived with their families at the extreme $1.25-a-day level in 2009 – 40 million more working poor and 1.6 percentage points higher than projected on pre-crisis trends.

Moreover, increasing food prices globally represent a growing threat, potentially leading to job losses in non-agricultural sectors if inflation is passed on to other areas of the economy.

Underlining the need for steps to boost job creation and jump-start a sustainable jobs recovery, the report stresses that an improved labour market will support a broader macroeconomic recovery. “Rebalancing the global economy so that growth is both strong and sustainable requires more than adjustments to currencies and financial regimes,” Mr. Somavia said.

“Promoting entrepreneurship, investments in the real economy, inclusive labour markets and income-led growth are the means to get growth moving while measures to expand social protection and improve the quality of jobs will ensure more sustainable outcomes. This is a win-win situation for both enterprises and workers while enhancing the credibility of public policies.”
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 October 01, 2010 7:08 PM

JOB PROSPECTS GLOOMY DESPITE RECOVERING GLOBAL ECONOMY – UN REPORT

New York, Sep 30 2010 5:10PM
Prospects for job opportunities have worsened in many countries despite evidence that the global economy is growing again in the wake of the recession, and labour markets are likely to remain depressed until 2015, the United Nations labour agency said in a report unveiled today.

“Despite these significant gains... new clouds have emerged on the employment horizon and the prospects have worsened significantly in many countries,” the UN International Labour Organizations (<"http://www.ilo.org/global/About_the_ILO/Media_and_public_information/Press_releases/lang--en/WCMS_145182/index.htm">ILO) said in a study by its research arm, the International Institute for Labour Studies.

<i><"http://www.ilo.org/global/What_we_do/Publications/Newreleases/lang--en/docName--WCMS_145078/index.htm">World of Work Report 2010 – from one crisis to the next?</i> acknowledges that three years into the economic crisis, the global economy has resumed growing, with some countries, especially emerging economies in Asia and Latin America, showing encouraging signs of employment recovery. But even in those countries, more than 8 million new jobs are still needed to return to pre-crisis levels.

According to the study, if current policies persist, a recovery in employment to pre-crisis levels will be delayed until 2015 in advanced economies, instead of 2013 as was projected a year ago.

“The longer the labour market recession, the greater the difficulties for job seekers to obtain new employment,” the ILO report says.

“In the 35 countries for which data exists, nearly 40 per cent of job seekers have been without work for more than one year and therefore run significant risks of demoralization, loss of self-esteem and mental health problems. Importantly, young people are disproportionately hit by unemployment.”

Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General, said “fairness must be the compass guiding us out of the crisis.”

“People can understand and accept difficult choices, if they perceive that all share in the burden of pain. Governments should not have to choose between the demands of financial markets and the needs of their citizens. Financial and social stability must come together. Otherwise, not only the global economy but also social cohesion will be at risk,” Mr. Somavia added.

Some of the findings from the ILO study, which is based on data from some 150 countries include the fact that cases of social unrest related to the financial and economic crisis have been reported in at least 25 countries – many of them in advanced economies.

It also notes that any countries that experienced positive employment growth at the end of 2009 are now seeing a weakening of the jobs recovery. At the same time, the report says that by the end of 2009, more than 4 million job seekers had stopped looking for work in the countries for which information is available.

In more than three quarters of 82 countries with available information, peoples’ perceptions of their quality of life and standard of living declined in 2009 compared to similar data from 2006, according to the report.

Even among people with jobs, satisfaction at work has deteriorated significantly with a sense of unfairness growing in 46 of 83 countries, the report says, pointing out that in 36 of 72 countries, people have less confidence in governments now than prior to the crisis.

Raymond Torres, Director of the International Institute and lead author of the report, said two main reasons explain the bleaker outlook facing many countries in the global economy.

“The first is that fiscal stimulus measures that were critical in averting a deeper crisis and helped jump-start the economy are now being withdrawn in countries where recovery, if any, is still too weak,” he said. “The second and more fundamental factor is that the root causes of the crisis have not been properly tackled.”

According to the report, “the coexistence of private-debt-led growth in certain developed countries with export-led growth in large emerging economies has proved to be the Achilles’ heel of the world economy.”
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 August 15, 2010 6:32 PM

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 July 13, 2010 7:58 PM

UN REPORT LOOKS AT LABOUR INEQUALITIES FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN WOMEN

New York, Jul 13 2010 5:10PM
Women in Latin America and the Caribbean are still discriminated against in the labour market and receive lower wages than men for the same work, according to a new United Nations report which also points to women in the region spending more time on unpaid domestic or care work.

“It will not be possible to achieve equality for women in the workplace until the burden of unpaid and care work which they have historically shouldered has been resolved,” Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (<"http://www.eclac.org/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/prensa/noticias/comunicados/5/40155/P40155.xml&xsl=/prensa/tpl-i/p6f.xsl&base=/tpl-i/top-bottom.xsl">ECLAC), said as she presented the report in Brazil.

“This calls for the establishment of a new virtuous equation that encompasses the State, the market and the family,” she stated.

The report – entitled “<"http://www.eclac.org/id.asp?id=40123">What kind of State? What kind of equality?” – reviews achievements made as well as the challenges facing countries in the region.

According to a news release issued by ECLAC, studies of the total workload, including paid and unpaid, of men and women in different countries in the region shows two trends. In all cases, total work time is greater for women than for men, and women devote more of their time to unpaid work than men.

Women in Brazil, for example, devote 56.6 hours per week to total work, compared to 52 hours for men. In Mexico, women spend a total of 76.3 hours working, whereas men spend only 58.4 hours.

Figures from 2008 show that 31.6 per cent of women over the age of 15 had no income of their own, while only 10.4 per cent of men were in the same position. Also, more women than men were unemployed, at 8.3 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively.

While the wage gap has narrowed – women’s average income rose from 69 per cent of that of men in 1990 to 79 per cent in 2008 – women continue to be overrepresented in lower-income occupations and underrepresented in senior positions. Women still receive lower wages than men for work of equal value.

The report emphasizes the need to raise awareness of the economic and social value of the unpaid and care work performed by women in the region. It also stresses the importance of empowering women to exercise their right to choice, so that they can participate under equal conditions in the labour market and in decision-making.

It proposes a strategy for advancing equality, based on three main pillars: the State as a guarantor of effective entitlement to rights; equality in both public and private spheres; and redistribution of total work.

The report was presented by ECLAC at the 11th session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which began today in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
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 May 04, 2010 7:55 PM

ITUC OnLine

062/040510

Millions of Workers Demand Nuclear Disarmament

 

Brussels/New York, 4 May 2010 (ITUC OnLine):  Following the opening of the UN Nuclear Disarmament Summit yesterday in New York, international trade union representatives will today hand over a petition for nuclear disarmament signed by more than 6.7 million workers to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  The web- and paper-based petition, “No to Nuclear Weapons”, is the result of campaign action led by the ITUC, its Japanese affiliate RENGO and Global Union Federation UNI.

“The massive response to our signature campaign underlines the importance of nuclear disarmament, and broader action for peace, to trade unions around the world.  Global arms expenditure is now more than US$1.4 trillion each year, money which would be far better spent on creating decent work in socially-useful sectors of the economy and tackling global poverty and climate change.  Nuclear disarmament is crucially important to overall action to end conflict and reduce international tensions,” said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder.

 

The petition calls for a decisive move towards complete nuclear disarmament at this month’s summit and a five-yearly review meeting of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), which has been ratified by 189 countries.  Agreement between Russia and the United States to make significant cuts in their nuclear weapons stockpiles has helped give impetus towards disarmament; however, several countries known to possess nuclear weapons capacity have yet to ratify the treaty.  The risk of nuclear conflict remains real, along with growing concerns about possible acquisition of nuclear weaponry by terrorist groups.

 

The trade union campaign has involved close cooperation with the international Mayors for Peace network, which groups 3880 cities across the world.  Along with clear progress at the NPT Conference, the campaign also calls for support for international treaties banning nuclear weapons testing and regulating the use of fissile materials.

 

Ryder will address an international seminar at the UN Church Center next to UN Headquarters today, along with trade union leaders from Japan and South Asia.  Gareth Evans, former Australian Foreign Minister and Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, will be key-note speaker at the seminar.

 

To see an OnLine version of the petition:

http://petitions.ituc-csi.org/no-to-nuclear-weapons.html

 

Mayors for Peace: http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/

International Commission for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: http://www.icnnd.org/

 

The ITUC represents 176 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 312 national affiliates. http://www.ituc-csi.org  http://www.youtube.com/ITUCCSI 

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 March 22, 2008 12:40 AM

Unions reiterate pledge to fight racism

Brussels, 20 March 2008 (ITUC OnLine): On the eve of The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the ITUC has reiterated the need to eradicate racism and xenophobia, insisting that every effort must be made to promote respect for diversity, particularly within the workplace and unions.

Discrimination based on race, colour or ethnic origin is an insidious and changing phenomenon, difficult to quantify and to combat. Racist practices based on a hierarchisation of human groups according to their biological differences have largely been replaced by “cultural” racism. This new type of racism is accompanied by more covert forms of discrimination, fuelled by the belief that the cultural values of certain groups have no place within the dominant cultural environment.  

Eradicating racism in the workplace is a key challenge facing the trade union movement within the context of ever-greater worker mobility, especially among workers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, concentrated in certain regions of the world. Recent years have seen an increase in the discrimination facing these workers, such as unequal access to the labour market, unequal pay, moral harassment, job insecurity, etc., undermining the solidarity between workers.

“Racism and xenophobia are major factors in the growth of the decent work deficit,” said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder. “Eradicating these problems forms an integral part of our campaign for decent work,” he added.

During the international seminar aimed at developing a trade union strategy to fight racial discrimination and xenophobia held by the ILO and the ITUC in Geneva in December 2007, representatives of trade union organisations undertook to play a key role in defending and protecting the rights of those affected by racism and xenophobia, with the implementation of a global programme to fight these ills, driven by an overarching awareness-raising campaign targeting every level of the trade union movement. 2008 is set to be a decisive year, with the assessment of the action programme adopted in 2001 at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban (South Africa). It is essential that workers’ concerns be fully integrated within this review process.

To read the final declaration of the seminar:
http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/racial_discrimination_FR.pdf  
 
The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates.
For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on: +32 2 224 0204,  +32 476 621 018 or  +32 477 580 486

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 March 22, 2008 12:33 AM

Domestic workers : ITUC welcomes step towards an ILO international convention
Brussels, 20 March 2008 (ITUC Online):  The Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) decided yesterday to include the item “Decent Work for Domestic Workers” on the agenda of the 99th session (2010) of the International Labour Conference.

The ITUC welcomes this step towards better international protection of the rights of domestic workers. “This is an historic advance in the fight on behalf of millions of domestic workers who today face widespread exploitation and are prevented from enjoying decent working conditions,” said Guy Ryder, general secretary of the ITUC.

Excessively long working hours, low pay, little social security, sexual harassment, physical violence, abuses by the recruiting agents, forced labour, an increasing use of child labour... the situation described in the document submitted to the members of the ILO’s Governing Body meeting in Geneva from 6 to 20 March once again sheds light on the extreme vulnerability of this group of workers, particularly migrants and women, and the desperate lack of decent work.  Hitherto ignored by international law, these workers are all too often excluded from national labour legislation and deprived of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

The ITUC, together with the international trade union group Global Unions and the Workers’ Group of the ILO Governing Body, had called on its affiliated organisations to urge the governments of the countries represented on the ILO Governing Body to support the proposal to draw up an international convention designed specifically to protect domestic workers. 

“The ILO has long been arguing in favour of a specific legal instrument for this particularly vulnerable category of workers. This step towards the development of a new legal instrument should contribute to filling a huge gap in terms of promoting decent work for all,” said Sir Roy Trotman, Spokesperson of the Workers’ Group of the ILO Governing Body.

-See the interview with Barbro Budin (IUF –Equality): “New ILO Convention for domestic workers: an urgent need” published by the ITUC on 7 March http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article1895

The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates.
For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on +32 2 224 0204 or  +32 476 621 018       

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 February 16, 2008 6:09 PM

Protection of domestic workers: the ITUC supports proposed ILO Convention


Brussels, 13 February 2008 (ITUC OnLine): Already grouping over one hundred million workers worldwide, the largely female domestic labour force is continuing to grow in line with the rising demand for these services. Whilst contributing to improving the quality of life and living standards of others, domestic workers themselves remain confined within an invisible and very poorly protected segment of the labour market. Although a vital link in the economic chain, they are often deprived of their basic rights and confronted with exploitation and ill-treatment.

Calling on its affiliates to rally to the cause, the International Trade Union Organisation is urging the countries represented on the ILO Governing Body to support the proposal to draw up an International Convention specifically to protect domestic workers.

Excessive working hours, low wages, inadequate or no social security, sexual harassment, physical abuse, unscrupulous employment agencies, no trade union rights, forced labour... the inventory of abuses drawn up in the document to be submitted to the members of the ILO Governing Body, which will meet in Geneva from 6 to 20 March, highlights the cruel lack of decent work among this category of particularly vulnerable workers, often excluded from national labour legislations and, until now, ignored by international law.

"For the international trade union movement, ensuring better protection for domestic workers is one of the keys to promoting decent work, which is at the heart of our action," declared Guy Ryder, General Secretary of the ITUC.


-The ITUC has published several testimonies regarding the organisation of domestic workers, which can be read at:
http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article1483&lang=en <http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article1483<=en>  (South Africa)
http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article472&lang=en <http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article472<=en>  (Hong Kong)
http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article1585&lang=en <http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article1585<=en>  (Trinidad and Tobago)


- Also see the video on domestic workers released by ILO-ACTRAV (in French), at: http://www.pourlemploi.com/video/domestiques/domestiques.html

The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates. Website: http://www.ituc-csi.org <http://www.ituc-csi.org/>  

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on: +32 2 224 0204 or +32 476 621 018.




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 February 08, 2008 10:49 PM

UN members States must make decent work a prime commitment, say Global and European trade unions

Brussels, 6 February 2008 (ITUC OnLine): As the 46th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development convenes in New York today, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) call for agreement on a strong resolution to go forward to the UN General Assembly, asserting the crucial importance of full employment and decent work in the fight against poverty.
        
Trade unions welcome the UN Commission's decision to focus on 'full and productive employment and decent work' as its 2007-2008 priority. Alarming trends in unemployment in the wake of the current global market turmoil and the threat of recession - revealed in the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) new Global Employment Report 2008 - mean urgent action is needed.
 
A 20-strong trade union delegation in New York is telling the UN Commission that it is crucial for it to agree on a hard-hitting message identifying decent work as a central objective, to be integrated systematically into social, economic and development policies at national, regional and international levels.
 
While global growth in recent years has brought new jobs, many of them are low-paid and low-quality, leaving many working poor unable to support themselves and their families. Worldwide, an estimated 195 million people are likely to be unemployed in 2008.
 
At present, a serious lack of policy coherence within international financial and trading systems is hampering progress: demonstrated, for example, by the unreasonable demands being imposed on developing countries in market-access negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
 
Policies should aim at quality jobs, education, and skills development, to address youth unemployment and enable people to escape from precarious or informal work – many of them women. Financial resources are key to success, and must be raised through progressive taxation regimes and development cooperation funding. Decent work further entails the full respect of trade unions’ rights to organise and bargain collectively, a lesson all the more important for governments because unions are central actors in achieving greater income equality through fighting poverty and increasing the purchasing power of low-income workers.
 
“Governments both within the European Union and beyond should pledge themselves, as a matter of priority, to integrate the decent work agenda into all macroeconomic policies and development assistance frameworks at national as well as European and international levels,” declared ETUC General Secretary John Monks.
 
“It is critically important that the UN Commission should reach agreement on an effective resolution that will galvanise efforts to end poverty through full employment and good quality jobs. Decent work for all must become a universal goal throughout international institutions and UN agencies,” affirmed ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder.

“These objectives need to be prioritised across the board, and institutions of governance at global and regional levels must explicitly commit to mainstreaming decent work into their policies and activities,” stated TUAC General Secretary John Evans.

Link to the statement:
http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/CSocD46-ITUC_Statement-Decent_Work_for_All-EXECUTIVE_SUMMARY.pdf

The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliated organisations.

The ETUC exists to speak with a single voice, on behalf of the common interests of workers, at European level. Founded in 1973, it now represents 82 trade union organisations in 36 European countries, plus 12 industry-based federations.

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LABOUR UNIONS NEWS RELATED ARTICLES AND LINKS. January 30, 2008 9:07 PM

Colombia: ITUC Condemns Murder of Trade Union Leader
 
Brussels, 29 January 208 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has protested to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe over the murder of prison officers’ trade union leader Yebraín Suárez at his home on 28 January.  32 year-old Suárez was shot in the doorway of his house by killers who were waiting for him on his return from work. The ITUC has joined its affiliate the CGT Colombia in calling for the government to take immediate action to investigate the crime and bring the murderers to justice.
 
“Colombia has a long and appalling record as the most dangerous place on earth for trade unionists, with dozens of killings taking place each year.  Only a tiny fraction of these have been investigated properly.  The government must fulfill its responsibility to protect trade unionists and end the culture of impunity which has reigned for so long”, said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder.
 
Despite recent optimistic statements by Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos and other government officials, Colombian trade unionists still carry out their legitimate trade union activities at constant risk to their lives, on top of serious deficiencies in the country’s labour laws which impose major restrictions on trade union rights.
 
The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates.

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on: +32 2 224 0204 or +32 476 621 018



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