#Timefor8: the clock is ticking for a New Social Contract         Issue 3 / 2022 -  Sign Up 


The increasingly fast pace at which technologies are developing and the intensifying climate instability are putting a strain on workers and their work places.

Effective digital and green transitions require access to lifelong learning for workers. They must update themselves to be capable to take on the new, decent, climate-friendly jobs that will make the world sustainable and resilient.

Women are facing the biggest obstacles to access skill development programmes and integrate into transitioning labour markets. 

In six weeks, we will convey trade unions’ demands on education and lifelong learning for all to decision-makers and stakeholders meeting at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

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At the HLPF, we will bring to the discussion the six demands that workers have for a New Social Contract with SDG 8 at its core, rooted in a gender-transformative agenda:  (1) decent, climate-friendly jobs with just transition; (2) rights for all workers; (3) minimum living wages; (4) universal social protection for all; (5) equality to end all discrimination; and (6) inclusion to ensure the empowerment of developing countries.

We stand for the universal right to education and lifelong learning, and we will underline that

women must have equal access to education and vocational training;

young people must get support to move from education to decent jobs; and  

✔ governments and employers must commit to ensuring that no one is left behind, including people with disabilities, migrants, indigenous people and other workers in vulnerable situations.

Workers’ lifelong learning is central to a recovery that leaves no one behind, and that will put people at the centre of green and digital transitions.

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  • 5 July Opening of the HLPF and revision of SDG 17
  • 06 July Revision of SDG 4
  • 07 July Revision of SDG 5 and SDG 14
  • 11 July Revision of SDG 15
  • 12 to 15 July VNR sessions
  • 15 July Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration
  • TBC July ITUC side event


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