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The ITUC has welcomed the ambitious and universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to be adopted by the UN General Assembly this month, but is concerned at the absence of clear and coherent obligations on member states to implement the agreed goals.


The ITUC has expressed alarm at increased repression of workers’ rights in Iran over the past several months.


The ITUC has received alarming reports from Mauritanian trade unions that 900 Mauritanian women have been trafficked to work in Saudi Arabia.


The international community, and in particular the permanent members of the UN Security Council, must take responsibility to help stop the armed conflict in Syria and bring peace, with some 7 million people displaced inside the country, 4 million refugees outside Syria and a death toll of over 200,000 mostly innocent civilians.


May Day 2015 was a day like any other for the 400,000 or so Nepalese workers in Qatar.




“Governments need to promote social dialogue, involving employers’ and workers’ organisations as a means to move the agenda forward at the national level. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining must be central pillars of national agendas to ensure sustainable social development.”

- Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary -


Upcoming events


7 october 2015 - Worldwide

World Day for Decent Work

29 September/2 October 2015 - Paris, France

13th ETUC Congress

9-12 October 2015 - Sao Paulo, Brasil

15th Meeting of the ITUC General Council

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