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World Day for Decent Work – 7 October

Since 2015, the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet (Oxfam).

71% of people say governments should work towards a pay rise for workers (ITUC Global Poll 2017).

80% of people say the minimum wage in their country is too low (ITUC Global Poll 2017).

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), which will fall on 7 October. Millions of people have taken part in WDDW events since 2008, and this year will also be a day for global mobilisation: all the trade unions in the world will stand up for decent work.

Decent work must be at the centre of government actions to bring back economic growth and build a new global economy that puts people first. No action is too big or too small for the World Day for Decent Work – i.e. a table discussion, a huge demonstration, a protest letter, a flash mob action or something completely different.

This year, the global focus is on the world struggle for living minimum wages and a pay rise for all workers. Governments should heed the call from working women and men for decent wages, safe and secure jobs, and an end to greedy corporations setting the rules of the economy. This means ensuring that minimum wage-floors must be enough to ensure a decent standard of living, and that all workers must have the right to join a union and bargain collectively.

Source: Text & Image: International Trade Union Confederation


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