Geneva, 7 October 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)-The Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), in collaboration with the Swiss trade unions, organized a demonstration for trade union rights and decent work to mark World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. The demonstration began at Place des Nations in Geneva and used human puppets to denounce the precariousness of workers and the hold that company bosses have over trade union organizations. The protesters then marched from the Palais des Nations to the headquarters of the International Labour Organization, demanding more decent work to combat precariousness.
The Worker Vice Chairperson of the ILO’s Governing Council, Mr. Luc Cortebeeck, explained that “decent work remains a goal for us to attain. The reality is that precariousness is growing worldwide. We must fight against the way that government authorities, under pressure from the economic world, the financial markets, and neo -liberal think-tanks, are focusing the debate in the wrong direction”. The demonstration was held on the fringe of an international symposium on “Policies and Regulations to Combat Precarious Work”, which took place in Geneva from 4 to 7 October 2011.
For more information, see ACTRAV Symposium on Precarious Work (4-7 October, 2011)