Building Workers' Power
ITUC Newsletter June 2019

Coming up this month – Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

The ILO Conference in June will debate an ILO Centenary Declaration with the ambition to agree on a renewed social contract, building on the mandate of the ILO established in its Constitution in 1919 and reinforced in the Philadelphia Declaration, with an abiding commitment to social justice and the principle that “labour is not a commodity”.
This requires a floor of a universal labour guarantee for all workers, with fundamental rights including occupational health and safety as well as minimum living wages and control over working time.

We are also confident we will achieve the finalisation of an historic convention to end violence and harassment at work. However, we need all affiliates to lobby their governments to secure the commitment to an inclusive Declaration and a strong set of global rules.
The ILO Committee on Application of Standards will consider some of the world’s worst cases of violations of labour rights, and the 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index will be launched on Wednesday 19th June, naming the ten worst countries in the world for working people.
Watch this space for more information on the ILO Conference.

May Call to Action - demand a New Social Contract!

Show your support – you can join us at the rally on 17th June in Geneva to demand “An ILO for the 21st Century – Time for a New Social Contract” and you can join the thousands of people have signed the online petition.
If you would like to embed the petition on your website, please contact [email protected]


Climate-proofing our work
The ITUC has launched a global workplace action to demand that employers engage with workers and their unions to set in motion plans to climate-proof their operations. From now until 26 June 2019, the Climate-Proof Our Work (#cPOW) push will see workers start the conversation with their bosses.
Unions stand up to austerity in Argentina
Trade unions called a general strike on 29 May 2019 to oppose austerity measures in Argentina. The Macri government has brought the country to the brink of economic collapse, with workers’ purchasing power decreasing due to high inflation, unemployment, recession and a sharp increase in poverty.
Unions are flying the flag for equality, diversity and dignity at work
On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), trade unions reaffirm their commitment to expressing solidarity through diversity: no discrimination, no exceptions. The ITUC celebrates the progress that has been made towards equality, inclusivity and diversity in our workplaces and our societies.

Monthly Highlights

Reports, briefings, photos and videos from the world of work.
Pensions Report
Adequacy and sustainability of pension systems in the context of demographic ageing

More here
High Level Political Forum
Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
World Bank Group’s International Development Association should promote quality jobs and sustainable economic transformation
Campaign Guide
Global Day of Workplace Action 26 June 2019.

$4.2 billion IMF loan
The IMF is demanding a massive rollback in government spending, with aggressive cuts targeting public sector workers

Time for a four-day work week?
What’s behind the popularity of shorter working time?

Key Dates

Labour 7 meeting of G7 labour ministers
6 June 2019 – Paris, France
Centenary Session of the International Labour Conference

10-21 June – Geneva, Switzerland
International Domestic Workers’ Day

16 June – worldwide

Demonstration: An ILO for the 21st Century
17 June – Geneva, Switzerland

ITUC Global Rights Index 2019: release
19 June – worldwide

World Refugee Day
20 June – worldwide
Climate Proof Our Work

26 June - worldwide
G20 Leaders Summit

28-29 June – Osaka, Japan
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