It is now widely recognised that Britain’s army of unpaid carers, family and friends of those with care and support needs, contribute the equivalent of over £57bn in service to our community each year. What is less appreciated is the cost that carers themselves and wider society are incurring within the current system. A new model built for the NHS by NEF Consulting places the total cost in England at between £24bn and £37bn each year, and growing.
Alex Chapman, New Economics Foundation
“Considering that the experience of the past century has confirmed that the continuous and concerted action of governments and representatives of employers and workers is essential to the achievement of social justice, democracy and the promotion of universal and lasting peace;
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The Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, and Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019 , were adopted by delegates on the final day of the Centenary International Labour Conference, in Geneva. For the Convention, 439 votes were cast in favour, seven against, with 30 abstentions. The Recommendation was passed with 397 votes in favour, 12 votes against and 44 abstentions.
The Convention recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work “can constitute a human rights violation or abuse…is a threat to equal opportunities, is unacceptable and incompatible with decent work.” It defines “violence and harassment” as behaviours, practices or threats “that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm.” It reminds member States that they have a responsibility to promote a “general environment of zero tolerance”.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Belgian NGO Solsoc and the CETRI wanted to question the social and soli-darity economy (SSE), which is at the heart of its strategy to promote Decent Work. In effect, various studies have highlighted the SSE as the best tool for promoting Decent Work. The ILO shares the view that “the social and solidarity economy contributes to the four dimensions of the ILO’s overall objective of Decent Work”.But how can we ensure that the SSE is the driving force behind the spread of Decent Work and its four pillars, namely job creation, the right to work, social protection and social dialogue ? How can it both “create a movement” and connect with other social movements, including trade unions and women’s movements ? Under what conditions can it not only help meet needs, but also represent a transformative power and, beyond that, an alternative to the economic model ? These questions, strategies and challenges are examined here on the basis of analyses, expertise and experience from the South, by giving a voice to organisations, health mutuals, trade unions and Solsoc’s partners, who are all actors in this transformation and alternative on a daily basis.
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At a time when the self workers and Informal workers are adversely affected and the struggle of the Global self workers and Informal workers are happening worldwide, the Self Workers and Informal workers need stronger, dynamic, mass based trade union movement, trade unions with deep and stable roots within the all sectors of informal workers. Self Workers Global (SWG Henceforth) is an international non-profit organization with a broad trade union spirit, born to defend the rights of the self-employed workers across global informal economy. SWG wants to defend and protect dignity of self-employment in all their facets, and for this, SWG is in the process of building associations and collaborators around the world. SWG is first of its kind- a global federation of organization engaged with complex question of self employment around the world.
SWG believes and intend to give voice to millions of self-employed, inside and outside the formal economy, represent them and meet their needs claims, so that the Self-employment work have the dignity and recognition of contribution to the economy it deserves.
“We move “Forward” with struggle, internationalism and unity.
“The ILO is turning 100 in a complex context. We observe with concern how ideas and practices which discard multilateralism as a way to solve global problems are spreading, and how they dangerously foster confrontation, aggressive rhetoric, impunity and impositions.”
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell by 13 per cent in 2018 to $1.3 trillion, the third consecutive year of a decline in FDI, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.
In its World Investment Report 2019, UNCTAD said that the decline was mainly due to large-scale repatriations of accumulated foreign earnings by United States multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the first two quarters of 2018, following tax reforms introduced in that country at the end of 2017.
Going forward, UNCTAD has forecast global investment to see a modest recovery of 10 per cent in 2019. Lees verder
“We are in the midst of negotiations that could deliver historical progress. An ILO Declaration that sets a floor of rights for all workers, binding rules that effectively tackle violence and harassment at work, these are on the table. I am confident that together with governments and employers we can get these over the line,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.
Unions from around the world are in Geneva to negotiate the historic Centennial Declaration of the International Labour Organization (ILO). For the second and final week, negotiations between workers, employers and governments will aim to establish rules to meaningfully address abuses across the world of work.
The Centenary session of the International Labour Organisation has started in Geneva. More than 5000 delegates from governments, trade unions and other civil society organisations are expected to discuss current problems related to the world of work. One hundred years after the constitution of the ILO and its preamble that ‘lasting peace is not possible without social justice’, we have to stress once again that indeed social justice is our most urgent demand.
As ILO’s Director-General stated in his opening speech, we are now living the most profound and transformative changes in a century.
While during almost all of the 20st century workers’ rights have been improved, at the end of the century and the beginning of the new millennium we are witnessing serious regressions. Workers’ rights are being violated, inequalities are rising, in spite of thirty years of slogans on poverty, more than a billion people still suffer from hunger, curable illnesses, lack of decent housing. Lees verder