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Precarious Work: the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) calls for an ILO Convention

Press release | Genève | 05 October 2011

Geneva, 5 October 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)-The General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Ms Sharan Burrow, speaking at the International Symposium on Policies and Regulations to Combat Precarious Employment organized by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), called for the International Labour Organization (ILO) to adopt a Convention on precarious work.

She said a Convention on precarious work was needed and emphasized the “centrality of freedom of association and collective bargaining”.

She welcomed the adoption in June 2011 of a Convention on domestic workers: “We welcome the ILO Convention on domestic workers, which will help to put an end to this 21st century form of slavery”.

Ms. Burrow urged workers to organize better in the face of precariousness in the world of work, in order to “build a united front to combat precarious work”.

The International Symposium on Precarious Work was organized by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), 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)