Fight Poverty – Organize!

In this Labour Education 2005/1-2 No. 138-139 we analyse what does “Fight Poverty – Organize!” mean? First and foremost, it means trade unions that become an even more effective and well-honed tool for workers to escape poverty, fear, exploitation and the violation of their basic human dignity. It means being a force to replace misery and despair with progress and hope.Second, it means organizing, collective bargaining and other forms of creative social dialogue and engagement. Third, it means organizing effective trade union participation in the design and implementation of public policy based on the priorities of their members and the body of social policy enshrined in ILO Conventions. It also means engaging in the struggle for democratic governance, employment and quality public services to the unemployed, underemployed, and working poor if they are to lift themselves out of poverty.