International union body wants social contract
by Diarmaid Mac a Bhaird
A petition calling for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to back a new social contract has been launched by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
The ILO is a United Nations body that brings together representatives of governments, trade union federations and employer bodies. The ITUC petition was launched ahead of its meeting to negotiate the ILO’s ‘centennial declaration,’ which takes place next month.
It calls for the ILO to pursue rights for workers, fairer wages, greater flexibility around working time and climate justice.
ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow said the petition was an opportunity to highlight the need to modernise the ILO to address the issues affecting workers in the 21st century.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to set rules for the global economy to work for people. A strong outcome would set us on the path to a new social contract to give security to all working people,” she said.
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