Building Workers' Power
ITUC Newsletter December 2019

Coming up this month – Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

As the eyes of the world are on Madrid for the COP25, we continue to stand with our sisters and brothers who are rejecting broken neoliberalism across Chile and Latin America. Social and environmental movements are increasingly acting together. The transformative model we need to ensure decent jobs on a living planet is carried in our Just Transition demands. Spain is on the verge of leading by example, and Madrid can be the stage of real progress and commitments for all countries.

Amazon continues to wreak havoc for its workforce, build its monopoly empire, fuel the climate crisis, abuse people’s privacy and dodge its tax responsibilities. Over the past two days we have convened those workers who are leading the struggle to address this increasingly unaccountable behaviour – together with policymakers, consumer groups and digital rights groups – at the Amazon Symposium. This is the start of something big. A major change is on the horizon, for Amazon certainly, but also for how we collectively address these same components of corporate greed that we see increasingly replicated elsewhere.

As the year comes to a close, we will be taking stock of a busy year of action. The ILO Centenary delivered both a strong Centenary Declaration and the historic Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment. Our demand for a New Social Contract is gaining traction, and I am truly inspired by the #RatifyC190 ratification campaigns that women are leading in so many countries, and which we saw highlighted at the recent ITUC Africa Congress.
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Highlights from the past month

ITUC Frontlines Briefing Climate Justice: COP25 Madrid
Spain is on the verge of leading by example, and we need Madrid to be the stage of real progress and commitments for all countries.

Read the briefing here.
Labour Law Deregulation in India
A new ITUC report, entitled Labour Law Deregulation in India, reveals the extent to which India’s recent labour law overhaul violates its international labour standards obligations.

Read the report here.
Human Rights Day – solidarity with trade unionists in the Philippines
Unions across the world took action in solidarity with human and trade union rights defenders in the Philippines on 10 December, international Human Right Day.

Find out more here.

Key Upcoming Dates

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)
2-13 December 2019 – Madrid, Spain
International Migrants Day

18 December – worldwide
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