Quality Public Services: The ITUC Calls upon the Trade Union Movement to act in Solidarity

Press release | 14 October 2010

GENEVA, 14 October 2010 (ACTRAV INFO) Sharan Burrow, the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), has called on the union movement to act in solidarity against the exploitation of workers in the world.

"The labour movement must act in greater solidarity to respond to the exploitation of workers. We must show that, we can win whatever our priorities" said Ms Burrow at the opening of the international conference “Quality Public Services - Action Now!on Tuesday 12 October in Geneva.

"It is important to act together to address the economic crisis, climate change, and the requirements of public services. We must reject exploitation, and we must present a strong case in terms of human rights, the world of work, and the global economy" she said.

The General Secretary of the ITUC deplored the solutions adopted by States to save banks, while the employment crisis persists.

"We are angry when we look at how banks are still working even after having been largely bailed out. Employment has suffered a major blow. In order to overcome this crisis 500 million new jobs need to be created” insisted Ms Burrow.

"An ILO estimate indicates that 2-3 per cent of the world’s GDP has been spent on the crisis, but not to save jobs. If more had been spent to save jobs, the effects would have been more beneficial as employment allows boosting of the economy” the General Secretary of the ITUC concluded.

Please note that this conference was organized by the Council of Global Unions (CGU) from 12 to 14 October 2010 in Geneva.

Nearly 400 participants from the trade union movement, civil society and government agencies discussed problems and strategies to improve and develop quality public services around the world.

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