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Getting the World to WORK: Global Union Strategies for Recovery

Getting the World to WORK: Global Union Strategies for Recovery
30 March 2009: In this special publication, the Global Union Federations, working with the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD and the International Trade Union Confederation, set out alternative strategies for the global economy that are focused on getting people back in work and for a recovery plan based on humanitarian values. These arguments, agreed by Global Unions, were put before world leaders in Washington in November 2008 and were on the table again at the meeting of the Group of 20 in London in April 2009. Put simply, these articles set out the labour movement’s demand for a change of direction and a break with the greed, self-interest and inequalities of the past. They insist that governments put people first for a change.

You can download the full Publication here :

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Getting the World to Work - Full - web version
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Getting the World to Work - German - Web Version

or the individual chapters below:

Aidan White, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), outlines the publication,”Getting the World to Work – Global Union Strategies for Recovery” in a preface.

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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”.

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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.

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United Action

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”.

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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”.

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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”.

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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…”

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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”.

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On the Road Again

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”.

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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”.

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Crunch Time

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”.

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From Washington to London
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The London Declaration - abridged version

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”.

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banking on the Future

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”.

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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”.

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Moving Hearts

You can also download a print-quality version of the pdf below ( WARNING: the file is very large, ± 70MB)

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Getting the World to Work - Full - Print Version

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