En esta publicación especial, las Federaciones Sindicales Internacionales, trabajando en colaboración con la Comisión Sindical Consultiva (TUAC) ante la OCDE y la Confederación Sindical Internacional, establecen estrategias alternativas para la economía mundial, que se centran en conseguir que los trabajadores recuperen sus empleos y que propone un plan de recuperación basado en valores humanitarios. Estos argumentos, adoptados por el Consejo Global Unions, fueron presentados a los líderes mundiales en Washington en noviembre de 2008 y volverían a figurar en la mesa de negociación durante la reunión del G20 en Londres en abril de 2009. En estos artículos se resume la demanda del movimiento sindical para que se introduzca un cambio de dirección y se ponga fin a la codicia, los intereses personales y las desigualdades del pasado. Insisten en que los gobiernos, por una vez, sitúen a las personas en primer lugar.
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Aidan White, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), outlines the publication,”Getting the World to Work – Global Union Strategies for Recovery” in a preface.
Guy Ryder, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) argues that the economic crisis requires a fresh look at what is driving the global economy and policy in “Global Challenge – Eliminate Greed and Make Life Worth Living”.
Anita Normark, General Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), and Jim Baker, Co-ordinator of the Council of Global Unions (CGU) sketch out some areas of Global Unions’ co-operation, with the international trade union movement joining its political and industrial forces at a time of crisis.
Manfred Warda, General Secretary of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions, stresses that the economic crisis has not made the energy crisis and its long-term consequences disappear in “Future Fuel”.
Marcello Malentacchi, General Secretary of the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) emphasises the effects of financial deregulation and its devastating impact on jobs and calls for responsible government, organising and industrial relations, all crucial elements of the solution to the crisis in “Decency for a Change”.
Peter Waldorff, General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI) points out that when crisis hits, the world turns to government and the public sector for solutions. He calls for a renewal of the role of government, commitment to quality public services, and an end to hands-off approaches that shift public decisions to private parties in “Capital Alternative”.
Ron Oswald, General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied workers’ Associations (IUF), calls for democratic, political control of the economy and argues that government efforts to fix the crisis fall far short of making that fundamental shift that is necessary in “It’s about Power…”
Anita Normark, General Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), speaks of the enormous impact of the economic crisis on migrant workers and on their ability to continue to support their families. She argues for equal treatment and for the expansion of the construction sector through infrastructure investment, which will help restart the economy while, at the same time have a great impact on the prospects for working people, including large numbers of migrant building workers In “On the Road Again – Migrant Labour Under Fire in the Recession”.
Fred Van Leuwen, General Secretary of Education International makes the case for the short, medium and long-term value of education in dealing with the economic crisis and building a solid, sustainable future. He underlines the urgent need to train and hire more teachers due to the teacher shortage as well as the need to create jobs in “School for Recovery”.
Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment, and Leather Workers’ Federation, illustrates the huge gaps that have developed in incomes in the global economy, comparing the grossly exaggerated salaries of company executives with the survival struggle of garment workers in Bangladesh in “Crunch Time”. This chapter is accompanied by one the “suffering” of the wealthiest among us in “Super-rich pay a price… but it’s hardly enough”.
John Evans, General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee of the OECD (TUAC) advocates a radical change in direction of the global economy and introduces a synopsis of the Global Unions’ London Declaration, proposed by the International Trade Union Confederation, TUAC, and the Global Union Federations, that provides an analysis of the financial and economic crises and proposals for change in “From Washington to London – Global Unions Focus on their Vision for Jobs and Recovery”.
Oliver Roethig, Head of UNI Finance for Union Network International (UNI) speaks of the direct job impact of the financial crisis. He also makes the case that workers in the financial sector can play a vital role in redesigning the financial architecture in “Banking on the Future – Listening to the Workers to Rebuild Confidence and Public Trust”.
Aidan White, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) points out that the economic crisis has acerbated the major losses in employment for journalists and contributes to a “democratic deficit” caused by the loss of public access to good information. He explains the basis for the “Ethical Journalism Initiative” in “Ethics Before Profits in the News”.
David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, recounts the big job losses in transport because of the reduction of trade caused by the economic crisis and the services being provided by the ITF to affiliates struggling with job losses in “Moving Hearts”.