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Sunday Jan 21st – Launch of Decent Work Campaign

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and others have taken the lead on organizing under the theme of “Decent Work”. The key message is that growth is not enough. Decent work is an important way to redistribute wealth and eliminate poverty.

This is a joint campaign between the ewly formed ITUC, Solidar and Global Progressive Forum with the goal of building awareness that decent work is the only sustainable way out of poverty and is fundamental to building democracy and social cohesion. The aim is for decent work to be at the core of development, economic, trade, financial and social policy at all levels of governance.

Decent work means: equal access to employment without discrimination, a living wage, social protection (public health care) and employment insurance, having the right to organize trade unions to represent collective rights of workers.

ILO Constitution reads that “poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere.”

Now now the trade union movement has made its way onto the official agenda of the World Social Forum (WSF), we have to step up and participate and make our presence known.

Its good that we are here,” said CUPE delegate Corina Crawley, “to show that we mean it when we say that working in coalition is critical for achieving social change, that public services are essential for fighting poverty, and we are not just concerned about protecting our members’ jobs, and that labour rights are human rights.”