Building Workers' Power
ITUC Newsletter March 2019

Coming up this month – Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

The ITUC World Congress in Copenhagen gave us an ambitious mandate with four pillars to frame our strategic plans for the next four years. We will build workers’ power and we will change the rules.
Organising to build workers’ power is fundamental to success. March 8 is International Women’s Day and we get the chance to stand for economic and social equality for women and against gender-based violence.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the ILO. Countries are holding tripartite events and ITUC guidelines call for a new social contract with a floor of a universal labour guarantee for all workers.

Through our newsletter we will keep you informed of the national and global actions that will change the rules.

March Call to Action

International Women's Day is 8 March - women are organising to #ChangeTheRules
Show your support and share a message on twitter.


“E-commerce” push at WTO threatens to undermine labour standards
Proposed trade rules currently would place severe restrictions on governments’ ability to regulate in the interests of working people.
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi freed
The ITUC has welcomed the release of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi from prison in Thailand and his return to his place of asylum, Australia.
Zimbabwe police target trade union leaders in civil rights crackdown
The trials of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leaders Japhet Moyo and Peter Mutasa are ongoing.
Trade unions win minimum wage increase in Nigeria
Trade unions won parliamentary support for the improvement amid last minute attempts to dilute the terms of the jointly agreed increase.

Monthly Highlights

Reports, briefings, photos and videos from the world of work.
Congress Statement
'Building Workers’ Power: Change the Rules' - the 4th ITUC World Congress Statement is online.
Campaign Toolkit: Stop gender-based violence at work - support an ILO Convention.
ILO Centenary
ITUC welcomes the call by ILO Future of Work Commission  for a revitalised Social Contract.
Michelle Bachelet
"Trade unionists are human rights defenders" says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Trade unions around the world are showing solidarity with Indian workers during three global days of action.
Equal Times Opinion
Zimbabwe in 2019: the state we’re in and the roadmap forward. By Japhet Moyo (ZCTU General Secretary)

Key Dates

International Women's Day
8 March 2019 – Worldwide

ILO Governing Body
14-28 March – Geneva, Switzerland

Modi Must Go Day of Action
21 March – Worldwide

Youth Committee
2-3 April – Brussels, Belgium

Women’s Committee
8-9 April – Brussels, Belgium

Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group & the International Monetary Fund
12-14 April 2019 – Washington D.C., USA
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