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Precarious Work Affects Us All - introduction

Precarious Work Affects Us All - introduction
7 October 2008: Global Union Federations, in addition to calling on their member unions to join with the ITUC-led World Day for Decent Work Campaign at national level, are targeting precarious work, a dramatic, serious problem in virtually all sectors.

The International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) is conducting a campaign against precarious work called “Precarious Work affects us all” (poster). The campaign is ongoing, but includes a number of events on 7 October. The campaign has received the full support of all the Global Unions. Information on this campaign can be found at: and a short video at and actions by IMF affiliates at

Also on precarious work, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF) has launched two special sites today focusing on Nestlé and Unilever. The announcement states, “the IUF is targeting the systematic, programmed destruction of permanent work at two major food TNCs - Nestlé (the world’s largest food company) and Unilever (number 3) - as unions worldwide highlight the menacing spread of precarious work on October 7 - World Day for Decent Work”. The IUF challenge can be found at: &

The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Union (ICEM) has an ongoing, long-standing campaign on contract and agency labour, which includes many forms of precarious work. They have developed extensive information and materials, have held regional meetings, and have engaged in training activities. Information on this work can be found at:

Global Unions took their campaign on precarious work to the headquarters of the ILO on 3 October 2006. This forum, also an element of the IMF and larger Global Unions’ campaign, was led by Manfred Warda, General Secretary of the ICEM and chair of the Council of Global Unions. More information on the meeting can be viewed here.

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