Multilateralism

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 SDGs The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The members States launched a new set of future international development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. ) 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.

Multilateralism

Multilateralism is in crisis. Corporate interests have pushed it to the edge. International Financial Institutions have championed austerity and undermined the conditions of working people; trade rules have paved the way for the concentration of wealth into the hands of the few; and the UN system has been weakened.

The ITUC is working towards a New Social Contract that puts people back at the centre of multilateralism. The ILO has the authority to be a lighthouse in the crumbling multilateral system. Reforms at the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO are needed to put rules on profit to truly deliver rights for people.