Global Coherence

The challenges of global coherence are immense with continuing stagnating growth, historic levels of unemployment, a declining wage share and attacks on social protection, where it exists. Inequality is growing, the wage share of national income is among the lowest in history and the rapid expansion of supply chains as the dominant model of trade is impoverishing workers. Increasing levels of precarious work, informality and workplace safety are major issues for unions everywhere.

The ITUC is addressing these issues by campaigning for policies that put investment in jobs and creating demand through fair wages and social protection at the heart of economic growth and social justice.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in September 2015 include a goal for full employment and decent work, along with commitments to social protection. Union priorities for gender equality, quality education, health, food and energy security are included.