Summit for Democracy: Worker Organizations’ Vital Role in Democracy

Workers’ freedom to organize and bargain collectively is a cornerstone of democracy. Free and independent worker organizations enhance transparency by protecting whistleblowers and empowering workers to counter corruption; providing workers a voice in the political system, as well as at the workplace; and countering the economic and political power of large corporations and fostering civic engagement. However, workers’ fundamental human rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are coming under threat globally, including by authoritarian governments.

Date Time Platform
7 December 07:30 - 10:30 EST (New York, USA) Zoom sign up

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, together with representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the International Trade Union Confederation, and the Solidarity Center, invite you to this official Summit for Democracy side event, which will:

  • highlight the role of worker voice and worker rights as fundamental components of democracy;
  • elevate the recommendations made during four listening sessions with labor unions from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe; and
  • spur global action in support of freedom of association and collective bargaining, including through the launch of the Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment, and Rights (M-POWER) Initiative.

Speakers will include Sharan Burrow, Guy Ryder, German Labour Minister Hubertus Heil, among other labor leaders from around the world.

Interpretation available for: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Thai, and Arabic.

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