ACTRAV's Director underlines the Challenges of Precarious Work

Press release | Genève | 04 October 2011

Geneva, 7 October 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)- The Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), Dan Cunniah, underlined the challenges posed by precarious work, which risk undermining the global trade union movement in the wake of the global crisis.

In the opening session of the International Symposium on Policies and Regulations to Combat Precarious Employment, Mr. Cunniah said “the massive growth of precarious employment and low employment protection legislation undermines the ability of workers to organize and creates a huge downward pressure on wages and working conditions”.

The symposium, which was attended by several key figures from the trade union world, provided a platform for an exchange of ideas to try to find solutions to reduce precarious work, which is affect increasing numbers of workers worldwide.

“This meeting is about trying to find, elaborate, and recommend, a common platform for action by trade union organizations and the ILO in addressing what has become today a complex and pressing issue for workers and their families worldwide,” Mr. Cunniah said.

The International Symposium on Precarious Work was organized by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities, whose mandate is to strengthen representative, independent, and democratic trade unions in all countries.

For more information, see ACTRAV Symposium on Precarious Work (4-7 October, 2011)