Building Workers' Power
ITUC Newsletter July 2019

Coming up this month – Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

Congratulations on what has been a busy half-year for the ITUC and affiliates in advancing and defending rights, job security and wages.
We can be proud of the outcomes of the 100th anniversary conference of the ILO with a Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, the historic Convention Against Violence and Harassment at Work and the exposure of some of the worst cases of attacks on rights in the Committee on the Application of Standards.
The workplace actions on 26 June to advance demands to climate proof our work - CPOW - were inspiring. I ask you to note the call for a week of action on 20 – 27 September to demand increased ambition on climate action and Just Transition.
In July, our representatives will report on how governments are performing on the Sustainable Development Goals at the High Level Political Forum in New York. At the end of August, union leaders from G20 countries will join RENGO to lobby G20 Labour and Employment Ministers for secure employment, wages, freedom of association and collective bargaining along with social protection for all workers. On 7 October, World Day for Decent Work, we will focus on our demands for investment in the care economy.
The next six months look like they will be just as busy as the first half of the year!
Call to Action - it's #Timefor8
Four years on from the historic signing of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus is turning to Goal 8 and decent work. Last week’s adoption of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work is a renewal of the social contract, giving strong impetus to SDG 8 as central to achieving the UN’s development agenda. That’s why the ITUC is saying its #TimeFor8.
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ITUC Global Rights Index 2019: Democracy in crisis as brutal repression used to silence age of anger
The systematic dismantling of the foundations of workplace democracy and the violent repression of strikes and protests put peace and stability at risk, according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index.
ILO renews social contract with Centenary Declaration, adopts anti-violence Convention and holds governments to account for violations
The 100th Anniversary Conference of the International Labour Organisation concluded with the adoption of two major instruments, a Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, and a crucial new international Convention to tackle violence and harassment at work.
Taking action to climate-proof our work #CPOW
People from around the world participated in the international day of action to “climate-proof our work”. Together with their unions, workers from over 1,000 workplaces from dozens of countries got involved in the first event of its kind.

Monthly Highlights

Reports, briefings, photos and videos from the world of work.
ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work
The Declaration represents an important renewal of the social contract

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Unions & CSOs to G20
The G20 must protect whistleblowers to expose corruption and promote democracy

ITUC Global Rights Index 2019
Democracy in crisis as brutal repression used to silence age of anger

Argentina’s IMF programme, one year later
Doubling down on a failed approach

ILO Convention 190: Violence and Harassment in the World of Work
The new international labour standard to combat violence and harassment at work
UBI without public services is a neoliberal’s paradise
Free and universal quality public services is a radical demand worth fighting for: let’s win this struggle first

Key Dates

High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals
9-18 July 2019 – New York, USA

 World day against trafficking in persons
 30 July – worldwide

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