Trade Unions are actors of development!  Issue #92 / 2023 - Sign Up

TUDCN newsletter - A trade union focus on development



Policies and advocacy

Trade unions demand a stronger role for workers in development cooperation policies at the OECD-DAC High Level Meeting

Trade unions participated in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) High Level Meeting (HLM) on 15 November and voiced their demands on the priorities for development cooperation donors over the next two years.
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Trade unions urge EU Commissioner Urpilainen to strengthen workers’ involvement for a rights-based Global Gateway

Alison Tate, Director of the Economic and Social Policy Department of the ITUC, highlighted the importance of engaging trade unions to ensure the respect of labour rights, the formalisation of the informal economy and decent job creation in the EU’s Global Gateway.
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News from TUDCN network

CNTS includes sustainable development perspective in training for union reps and leaders

The Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs du Sénégal (CNTS) has set itself the objective of adapting its training to the growing needs of its union reps and leaders to better understand the relationship between sustainable development goals and trade union work, to reduce and eradicate poverty in their local communities
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USTN promotes safe migration in Niger with the support of the Italian labour movement

Nexus Emilia Romagna collaborates with the Union Syndicale des Travailleurs du Niger (USTN) to mitigate the risks of unsafe migration and improve the protection of human, social, and economic rights for migrants in Niger.
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India’s SDG commitments under threat from government’s labour and agriculture reforms

Workers’ and farmers’ representatives are concerned by the serious risk to workers’ rights and small farmers’ livelihoods that the reforms will bring.
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KSBSI takes a lead role as SDG champion in Indonesia

The inclusion of the Confederation of All Indonesian Trade Unions (KSBSI) by the government in the national SDG working group on Goal 8 marks an important recognition of trade unions’ role in shaping national development policies
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Thinking about the SDGs is projecting into the future

For the Argentine Workers' Central (CTA-T), the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs will not be achievable unless the underlying structural inequalities are addressed first.
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ISCOS promotes sustainable and participatory water management in El Salvador

Since September 2022, the Italian Trade Union Institute for International Development (ISCOS) has been involved in a project on the sustainable management of the Lempa River water corridor that supports a significant percentage of the population of El Salvador.
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Belgian trade unions cast a critical eye on government’s SDG plans

The three organisations (ABVV-FGTB, ACV-CSC and ACLVB-CGSLB) are concerned over Belgium's imprecise national plan to achieve the SDGs. They also fear restricted bargaining spaces for unions and economic limitations affecting their ability to fully engage in this process.
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Institut Belleville present its Activity Report 2022 

The international cooperation organisation affiliated with CFDT, has published its 2022 activity report. Throughout this year, it supported around ten projects developed in over fifteen countries across various regions worldwide: North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

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Trade unions as catalysts for sustainable peace and development: Lessons from Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone
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