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Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress concludes, Sharan Burrow re-elected as General Secretary

Author: International Trade Union Confederation, Published on: 7 December 2018

"THE 4TH ITUC WORLD CONGRESS CONCLUDED IN COPENHAGEN TODAY WITH THE RE-ELECTION OF SHARAN BURROW AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE 207 MILLION-MEMBER MOVEMENT", 7 December 2018

...Two candidates, Susanna Camusso and Sharan Burrow, were nominated for the position of General Secretary and Burrow was elected by a close margin.

Five urgent resolutions were passed calling for: 

  • Human rights and peace in Colombia;
  • Solidarity with workers and students in Iran; 
  • Labour law reforms in Hungary; 
  • Labour rights and solidarity with independent trade unions in Kazakhstan; 
  • Freedom for Lula.

...At the conclusion of the World Congress, unions committed to:

  • Organise, to create a 250 million member ITUC over the next four years, to build workers’ power;
  • A new social contract, where businesses including platform businesses are made to take responsibility for their workers, and a UN Business and Human Rights Treaty;
  • A Just Transition to sustainable economies to tackle climate change and keep temperature rises to 1.5 degrees or less; 
  • Reverse the trend of low wage growth and rising inequality through collective bargaining, increased minimum wages and social protection; and,
  • Close the gender pay gap, fight discrimination and racism and take forward action against gender based violence.

...The statement adopted by the ITUC World Congress included four pillars – on peace democracy and rights, regulating economic power, global shifts - just transitions and equality, which set out the ITUC agenda for the next four years....

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