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New International Labour Standard to combat Violence and Harassment at work

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”.

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Global Self Workers Union launched in Geneva

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.

World Leaders Call for Action on the Future of Work

“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.” 

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ITUC calls for New Social Contract

“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.

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Once more: A call for a New Global Social Contract for a Just Transition

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

Malaysia: Social Security for the Self-Employed

All 100,000 taxi drivers and e-hailing services driversnationwide are targeted to be covered under Socso from next year.

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran, said so far only 7,000 or seven percent of all taxi drivers and e-hailing services are making contributions towards Socso through the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme

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Tell the ILO we need a New Social Contract that guarantees a fair deal for all working people!

The current model of globalisation puts profit ahead of people. The flawed rules of the global economy see working people take home an ever-smaller share of the wealth they create while corporations are allowed to extract, exploit and undermine. These rules are human-made and we can change them. It’s time for a New Social Contract between workers, government and business.

In June 2019, governments, workers and employers are coming together for a historic meeting to negotiate the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Centennial Declaration. This is a once in a generation opportunity to let us fix the global economy and get it working for people.

What do we want:

  • Rights for all workers, whatever employment arrangements they have.
  • Fairer wages, including minimum wages on which people can live a decent life.
  • More control for people over their working time and more oversight over their bosses to make
  • sure they can’t discriminate or evade responsibilities.
  • Building justice into the climate and technology transition.

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World Day of Social Justice

Declaration of ILO’s Director General:

Today the UN’s message is: “if you want peace and development, work for social justice”. The ILO is built on this precept: carved into the foundation of its first headquarters are the words “si vis pacem, cole justitiam” – “If you desire peace, cultivate justice”. For one hundred years the ILO has pursued its mandate to promote social justice through the world of work. 
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Video on Social Protection

We are happy to present to you a video we made on social protection and our Global Charter for Social Protection Rights. It was made with the help of the NGO Forum on ADB. So many thanks for this!

Please watch the video and distribute it as widely as you can:

In the meantime we are preparing the Asie Europe People’s Forum’s Social Justice Cluster’s conference in Nepal on social protection and labour rights. In Une there will be a new World Social Forum on Health and Social Security in Bogota.

All the best for 2019!

ILO: the world counts 164 million migrant workers

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million.

According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers , which covers the period between 2013 and 2017, the majority of migrant workers – 96 million – are men, while 68 million are women. This represents an increase in the share of men among migrant workers, from 56 per cent to 58 per cent, and a decrease by two percentage points in women’s share, from 44 per cent to 42 per cent. Lees verder

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