#Timefor8: the clock is ticking for a New Social Contract         Issue 7 / 2022 -  Sign Up  


You’ve heard it before. The pandemic dramatically exacerbated the existential threat facing the world. It accelerated the speed with which global inequality and environmental degradation are converging into one massive crisis.

But what we don’t hear so often is that the pandemic also took a shocking toll on the well-being of the most vulnerable among us. In the aftermath of Covid-19, discrimination, gender-based violence, and harassment in workplaces have increased worldwide.

Women are paying the highest price. They are the most exposed to these devastating behaviours both inside and outside the workplace.

In three weeks’ time, we will participate in the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and tell decision-makers and stakeholders that ending discrimination, gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work is key for equal societies.

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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.

SDG 8 and SDG 5 are fundamental to ensuring that all workers can feel safe and valued in their workplace.

At the HLPF we will underscore that:

Everyone has the right to work in a workplace free from discrimination and violence, no matter their gender, class, ethnicity, ideology, religion, sexual orientation, and disability status.

 All recovery plans must ensure decent work and foster equality and inclusion.

 Governments must ratify ILO Convention 111 on discrimination and Convention 190 on violence and harassment. And, along with trade unions and employers, they must ensure their implementation in the workplace.

A world free of discrimination, harassment, and violence is the only way to ensure a recovery, along with resilience, that bears equality in its heart!

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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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