#Timefor8: the clock is ticking for a New Social Contract         Issue 6 / 2022 -  Sign Up 


Isn't it incredible that in 2022 there still is so much resistance to such fundamental pillars of fair and equal societies as a minimum living wage and equal pay for equal work?

Who would have thought back in 2015, when the 2030 Agenda was adopted, that with just eight years to go we would still be facing such a bleak reality: that of millions of workers across the world still not earning enough to live in dignity?

And millions of women are still being structurally discriminated against just because of their gender and continue to earn on average 20 percent less than men.

In four weeks, we will bring to decision-makers and stakeholders meeting at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) the workers’ view that minimum living wages and equal pay for work of equal value are a steppingstone to gender equality and social progress.

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At the HLPF, we will bring to the discussion the six demands that workers have for a New Social Contract with SDG 8 at its core, rooted in a gender-transformative agenda:  (1) decent, climate-friendly jobs with just transition; (2) rights for all workers; (3) minimum living wages; (4) universal social protection for all; (5) equality to end all discrimination; and (6) inclusion to ensure the empowerment of developing countries.

The UN has called for a decisive commitment from all stakeholders in this decade of action to deliver the SDGs. When the world agreed on achieving SDG 8 and SDG 5, it acknowledged the fundamental role of decent work and gender equality in building a gender-transformative, sustainable world with strengthened resilience.

At the HLPF, we will stress the following:

Statutory minimum living wages, with collective bargaining, are essential in order to fight poverty and inequality.

 We must legislate and ensure the implementation of effective laws on equal pay, pay transparency, and anti-discrimination in the labour market.

 Governments and employers must commit to ensuring all workers can live in dignity. They also must do all that is necessary to guarantee women’s full and equal participation in work and life.

A global pay rise and tackling the gender pay gap are essential for gender and societal equality!

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  • 5 July Opening of the HLPF and revision of SDG 17
  • 06 July Revision of SDG 4
  • 07 July Revision of SDG 5 and SDG 14
  • 11 July Revision of SDG 15
  • 12 to 15 July VNR sessions
  • 15 July Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration
  • TBC July ITUC side event


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