Trade Unions are actors of development!  Issue #87 / 2022 - Sign Up


Trade unions support the implementation of the UN Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions

Sharan Burrow during the UN session on the Global Accelerator

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow expressed the strong determination of the global labour movement to ensure the successful implementation of the UN Global Accelerator at the High-Level Event that took place during the 77th UN General Assembly.
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Policy and advocacy

UN Business and Human Rights Treaty Negotiations

UN Business and Human Rights Treaty Negotiations

Global trade unions called on governments negotiating this binding treaty to strengthen key workers’ priorities.

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World Day for Decent Work 2022: Wage justice

Wage Justice

Workers in every part of the world have been left with no option but to go on strike to demand action to bridge the wage gap in the face of rampant inflation. The world needs a new social contract, with wage justice at its heart.

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The ITUC responds to the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Compass

World Bank

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed a much-anticipated publication by the World Bank on universal social protection but has some major reservations about some of its policy messages and the rigor of its analysis.

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International Day of Action on Care : Report highlights inspiring stories

Care worker

On the Global Day of Action for Care, 29 October 2022, workers demand investments and decent work in the care economy and the ITUC report “Putting the Care Economy in Place : Trade Unions in Action Around the World” explains why it matters.

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News from TUDCN network

#Timefor8 at regional level  #Latin America & the Caribbean  New study: Structural weaknesses in Latin America are behind the massive impact of the pandemic​​​​​​​

Sugar cane worker in Dominican Republic

The Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) has published the research “The SDGs for Recovery and Resilience. Case studies: Brazil and Dominican Republic” on whether governments in the region have responded to the Covid-19 crisis in a way that is consistent with the SDGs.
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#Timefor8 at national level  #Belgium  Workers’ discuss concerns about private sector engagement in development cooperation at the Belgian SDG Forum

Trade union workshop at the SDG Forum 2022 of Belgium

Trade unions organised a workshop entitled “Financing for development and partnerships with the private sector – Should due diligence be reinforced?” on 4 October 2022. This workshop took place in the framework of Belgium’s fifth SDG-Forum.
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Nexus runs international trade union solidarity projects in Niger and Somalia

Somalian workers during a workshop of Nexus and FESTU

The Institute for Development Cooperation of the CGIL (Nexus) is running international cooperation projects across the world. Recently, the organisation has engaged in two more projects in Africa.
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The National Confederation of Senegalese Workers is actively involved in international cooperation work

CNTS and youth during the #ClimateStrike

This international cooperation takes the form of a series of capacity-building, awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns, as well as sharing experiences, good practices and field actions.
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ISCOS reopens its office in Pakistan and strengthens collaboration with the Pakistani government and trade unions

ISCOS is back in Pakistan

The reopening of the headquarters in Pakistan was made possible by a new Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Pakistani government after a five-year absence from the country.
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DTDA and FFW join forces to fight for rights post-Covid in the Philippines

Parcel deliverer in Manila

Trade unions are trying to stop the Philippines’ anti-democratic trends and violations of workers’ rights that emerged during the pandemic.

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Progetto Sud contributes to the promotion of human rights and women empowerment in Colombia

Participants in Progetto Sud women empowerment project

The NGO of the Italian Union of Work (UIL) is implementing two trade union solidarity projects in Colombia, both financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
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Pampa2030 analyses in new study the future of youth from a 2030 Agenda and SDG 8 approach  ​​​​​​​

Entitled "Tomorrow is today: the future of youth in a present in crisis", the study reveals the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in addressing the challenges facing Argentina's youth in the face of the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment, education, health and social protection.
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Comisiones Obreras publishes report on the added value of development cooperation led by trade unions

CCOO Added value of trade union cooperation

Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) of Extremadura and the Peace and Solidarity Institute of the Fundación 1o de Mayo have launched the report "Development cooperation and the role of trade union actors in the framework of the 2030 Agenda" with the aim of generating dynamic, network-based and reality-transforming knowledge.
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Thai fisherfolk try to hold those responsible for oil spills accountable
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Expanding social protection and closing financing gaps



Ensuring minimum incomes for workers in the informal economy


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