Wednesday, May 30, 2012


GENEVA (ILO news) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has elected Guy Ryder as its tenth Director-General. Ryder, who is currently the ILO’s Executive Director for International Labour Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, was elected by secret ballot by the ILO’s Governing Body. He will begin his five-year term in October 2012.

“I am really excited about this chance: this is a tremendous opportunity, in the middle of this global crisis, to make a difference to the lives of millions of people, including those who've never heard of the ILO, to change their lives for the better”, said the Director-General elect. “I thank the Governing Body for their confidence. The significance of what happened here today will be judged by what we do, and that is to put the people and the world of work at the heart of everything we do.”

Guy Rider worked from1998 until 2002  as assitant director and director at the ICFTU Office in Geneva. From 2002 until 2006 he was General Secretary of the ICFTU. At the merger of the  ICFTU with the WCL in 2006 he became Secretary General of the ITUC. In 2010 he became Executive Director of the ILO office in Geneva.

This is what the ITUC says on Guy Riders’ election as Director General of the ILO:

Former ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder has been elected to the top post of the International Labour Organisation. He will take over from incumbent Juan Somavia, who leaves the post in September after 13 years at the helm of the UN agency.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said "The ILO has made the right choice to lead it in tackling the huge challenges in the world of work in the coming years. With his background in the trade union movement, and the ILO itself, Guy Ryder’s wide and practical experience, and his clear sense of the direction needed, put the ILO in a very strong position. The world needs a massive focus on creating decent jobs, and we are confident that he will generate the momentum required to put employment and the rights of working people at the heart of the international economy."

This what the ETUC says:

“ETUC welcomes election of Guy Rider as ILO Director General
Following the election of Guy Ryder as International Labor Organisation (ILO) Director General, ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Ségol said: “At a time when fundamental rights at work are under attack in many European countries we look forward to the ILO redoubling its efforts to ensure that the crisis is not used as an excuse to disregard internationally agreed standards. Guy Ryder has always been a convinced proponent of social dialogue and he is clearly the right person to lead on the international stage for fairness and decent work for all”.

From 1985 – 1988 Guy Rider was Secretary of the Industry Trade Section of the International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees (FIET now UNI), Geneva.

This is what UNI’s General Secretary Philip Jennings says:

UNI Global Union says Guy Ryder election, as the tenth Director-General of the ILO, is the right choice to take the organisation forward and will build on the legacy of the current Director-General Juan Somavia who has made jobs and justice a focal point in both the UN system and the G20.
Jennings said, “The bottom line is that Guy Ryder understands that the jobs challenge and social justice are paramount to getting us out of the global crisis. UNI and the other global union federations will stand shoulder to shoulder with the ILO and take that message to the G20 next month.”

Jennings added, “At UNI we are delighted, not only for Guy who I have known professionally and personally for more that thirty years, but also for global workforce who can rely on his dedication to fighting their corner. Guy is the first union leader to be elected as head of the ILO. This is an historic step for our movement. He will build on the astute work of Juan Somavia who has conscientiously repositioned the ILO as focal point of the new global institutional architecture.”

Friday, May 25, 2012


It is a pleasure to present the Conclusions as published in a Report of Non Governmental Organisations and Trade Unions in Togo on the actual situation. The original French text you will find below the English text.


Two years after the re-election of Faure Gnassingbe as president of the Republic, 10 civil society organizations questioned the situation in terms of political dialogue, human rights and social dialogue.

With the demonstrations of the Republican Front for Political Alternation and Change (FRAC), Togo shows still a degraded image outside the country,  gradually relayed by sectoral trade union claims, the denunciations of organizations defending human rights and freedom of press. The government, initially, reacted quite brutal on these events, what has seemed to express the hesitation of an newly legitimized power through the ballot box between the attempt to stifle political  and social protest and its concern about the pressure from civil movements.

Civil Society Organizations, authors of this report, have doubts about the real level of progress of the settlement of the political crisis. They agree to remark that the ruling power has still time regarding the effective implementation of the Global Political Agreement signed in 2006. They argue that the created Permanent Framework for Dialogue and Consultation (CPDC) , even in its extended form, has not yet managed to create conditions for a genuine political consensus for real constitutional and institutional reforms. Yet these reforms are necessary in order that political alternation becomes really possible paving the way for an easing of political life. Nevertheless, these organizations welcome the political opening of government policy and the priority given to dialogue and consultation in stead of repression.

As regards the human rights, the organizations that wrote this report, acknowledge the efforts of the government and the significant progress on freedom of speech, press, public meetings. However, they believe that torture and other degrading and inhuman treatment is still too often practiced by the security forces. These organizations recognize however that these practices have declined in recent years and are asking the government to do everything that they completely disappear.

In terms of social rights, civil society organizations and trade unions also agreed to recognize the efforts of the government and testify to the deepening of the social dialogue that is reflected by taking important provisions for legislation: a new social Security Code extending social protection to the informal sector of the economy, a law on compulsory health insurance for state employees and the like, a new law on free zones opening up the sector to the unconditionally application and without detour of the Labor Code, and grooming of an Interprofessional Collective Convention which, among other things, raises the minimum wage of 28.000 to 35.000 FCFA (Central African Franc) accompanied by a  more advantageous payment scale. Several social agreements on sector and global level have also been made with some of them already implemented.

In general, civil society organizations and trade unions - authors of this report – believe that the government must do more to ensure that Togo finally comes out of its political crisis and that the living conditions of the people will become better.

TOGO: Une politique d’appaisement face aux contestations socio-economiques et politiques


Deux années après la réélection de Faure Gnassingbé à la présidence de la République, 10 organisations de la société civile se sont interrogées sur la situation en termes de dialogue politique, de droits de l'Homme et de dialogue social.

Le Togo montre encore une image dégradée à l'extérieur du pays avec, au cours de ces dernières années, des manifestations du Front Républicain pour l'Alternance et le Changement (FRAC) contre le gouvernement, peu à peu relayées par des mouvements de revendications sectorielles des organisations syndicales, des dénonciations des organisations de défense des droits de l'homme et de la presse. Le gouvernement a, dans un premier temps, réagi de manière assez brutale à ces manifestations, ce que a semblé traduire les hésitations d'un pouvoir rélégitimé par les urnes à la fois tenté d'étouffer les contestations politiques et sociales mais aussi soucieux de la pression des mouvements citoyens.

Les organisations de la société civile auteurs de ce rapport ont des doutes sur le réel niveau d'avancement du règlement de la crise politique. Elles s'accordent à dire que le pouvoir a termoie encore quant à la mise en oeuvre effective de l'Accord Politique Global pourtant signé en 2006. Elles soutiennent que le Cadre Permanent de Dialogue et de Concertation (CPDC) mis en place, même dans sa forme élargie, n’est pas encore parvenu a créer les conditions d'un veritable consensus politique pour envisager les veritables réformes constitutionelles et institutionelles. Ces réformes sont pourtant indispensables afin que l'alternance politique devienne réellement possible ouvrant ainsi la voie à un apaisement de la vie politique. Néanmoins, ces organisations saluent l'ouverture politique du gouvernement et la priorité donnée au dialogue et à la concertation au détriment de la répression.

Par rapport aux droits de l'homme, les organisations auteurs du rapport reconnaissent les efforts du gouvernement et les progrès sensibles concernant la liberté d'expression, de presse, de manifestations et de réunion publique. Cependant, elles estiment que la torture et d'autres traitements dégradants et inhumains sont encore trop souvent practiqués par les forces de sécurité. Ces organisations reconnaissent toutefois que ces practiques ont diminué depuis quelques années et demandent au gouvernement de tout faire pour qu'elles soient totalement évincées.

Sur le plan des droits sociaux, les organisations de la société civile et les organisations syndicales s'accordent également à reconnaitre les efforts du gouvernement et témoignent de l'approfondissement du dialogue social que c' est traduit par la prise d'importantes dispositions législatives: un nouveau Code de sécurité sociale élargissant la protection sociale au secteur de l'economie informelle, une loi sur l'assurance maladie obligatoire pour les agents de l'Etat et assimilés, une nouvelle loi sur la zone franche ouvrant le secteur à l'application sans condition et sans détour du Code du Travail, et le toilettage de la Convention Collective Interprofessionelle qui a, entre autres, relevé le SMIG de 28000 à 35000 F CFA assortie d'une grille salariale plus avantageuse. Plusieurs accords sociaux sectoriels et global ont également été consentis dont certains déjà mis en oeuvre.

D'une manière générale, les organisations de la société civile et les organisations syndicales auteurs de ce rapport estiment que le gouvernement doit s'engager davantage pour que le Togo sorte enfin de la crise politique et que les conditions de vie des populations s' améliorent.

Friday, May 18, 2012


Profesor Milan Katuninec spoke on the European Seminar of WOW in Vienne on the Social Dialogue in Central and Eastern Europe (EZA sponsored). We have already published on this blog two parts of his speech: "Why Unions lose power in Central and Eastern Europe" and "The rise of individualism". Below you find the third and the last part.

Besides the increasing individualism, the trade union movement has to contend with another big challenge. Trade unions can not ignore the „birth of nearly one hundred new types of power-scrutinizing institutions unknown to previous democracies.“ Democracy offers space for individual and social emancipation. This will cause constant tension between solidarity and freedom and there will always remain a countervailing power and collective labor agreement will always be needed. But the old rule of „one person, one vote, one representative“ is replaced by the new principle of monitory democracy, „one person, many interests,... multiple representatives“.

 Political scientist John Keane sees in modern information technologies an important stimulus to halt the declining public interest not only in political, but in fact in the whole social life of the home, as well as internationally.  The world has become increasingly diverse and this is the challenge for the trade unions. Effective public debate about freedom, justice, toleration and solidarity requires that employees, students as well as other citizens are well-informed. Trade unions, in the competition of various interests must take advantage of the new possibilities of information networks.

Social-economic factors will always play an important role in the political assessments of social partnership. Politics can only be understood in an economic and social context and all efforts to separate social and economic problems usually result in political problems. It requires a democratic society and socially-minded citizens who, in their own interest, are freely engaged in public and social interests and do not remain passive observers of social change.

But looking forward, the trade union movements should revitalize themselves by the use of greater internal reflection and by a responsible reaction to many new social challenges. The question is, whether their leaders will meet the hopes of the trade union members and whether employees will realize that the membership is very important for the authority and the bargaining power of the trade union? Or whether the trade union movement will continue suffer from undervaluing of external changes and weakening of social responsibility? Can trade unions save themselves or will their position deteriorate in the future and will they only remain as a decoration of public policy? 
I do not think that during the current economic and social crisis will the trade union movement in Central and Eastern Europe become more powerful. But despite the decline of trade union membership, we can not say that the idea of social justice in Central and Eastern Europe is unpopular. This leads me to believe that the trade unions, by taking into account new factors and challenges and making concrete proposals on strategies to improve social dialogue, will be more attractive and will have substantial opportunities for their active and responsible social policy.   

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Nikeuba organized solidarity actions on Mayday in front of the Telkomsel offices.

We received the following letter of NIKEUBA -SBSI (affiliated to WOW) secretary general Maria Eminenti on the anti trade union activities of the Indonesian celphone provider Telkomsel.

"We are now actively to advocate our members in Telkomsel, the biggest cellular provider in Indonesia. There are more than 8 thousand employees in the company that are now in protest against the modern slavery of the employer and the wages paid under minimum wage.
FYI, Nikeuba has been assisted the series campaign with the members in the head office of Telkomsel in Jakarta, more then 8 times since February 2012 but not yet a result. Attached we sent you the press release that we sent to several media. We also send some pictures of the action during Mayday."

Press Release 4 May 2012

Modern Slavery at Telkomsel

Telkomsel has violated basic Indonesian labour rights by firing 23 union activists affiliated with NIKEUBA-SBSI (Finance and Information Division, Indonesian Prosperity Trade Union). The workers were dismissed for no other reason than union activism, despite false claims by Telkomsel that they had broken their contracts.

To be sure, the 23 dismissed union activists had been campaigning for their employment status to be changed from temporary to permanent in recognition of their 10-year service to the company. Telkomsel's unjust employment policy uses temporary labour in perpetuity, so as to avoid the minimum social security and compensation obligations to its employees. Beginning in February 2012, the activists began the legally protected work of organising a workplace branch of their union, NIKEUBA-SBSI, and they appealed to Telkomsel for just employment policies and union recognition. Their requests for negotiation were ignored.

What's worse, their efforts were met with persecution and victimisation. The 23 activists, the most active union campaigners at the Telkomsel Atrium Senen location, were dismissed on May 2.

For that reason, NIKEUBA-SBSI is seeking support and solidarity. We are asking Telkomsel card users across Indonesia to boycott the company until basic workers’ rights are recognised and the 23 activists are re-instated. In addition, we are calling on State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan-- who became a folk hero for standing up for consumer rights at a toll booth recently-- to take another principled stand in supporting struggling workers at Telkomsel, which operates under the purvey of his ministry. He has another golden opportunity to take up the cause of the people.


Maria Emeninta
Secretary General DPP Nikeuba SBSI


Mr. Assane Diop talking with WOW president Roel Rotshuizen at his ILO office during the ILO Conference in 2008. Mr. Diop is now one of the candiadtes for the post of ILO Director-General.  

As I already anounced in my blog "Dutch candidate for the post of ILO Director" on May 28 the ILO Governing body will elect a new Director-General of the ILO. Besides Ad Melkert,  former Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Associate Administrator and  UNDP and Special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, there are 8 other candidates. Below you find some short information on each candidate. Please consult the ILO site for more in formation on the candidates.

There is one candidate from Latin America. The Colombian Government presented its vice-president Angelino Garzon.

There is also one candidate from the Asian continent. The Malaysian Government presented Jomo Kwame Sundaram, former Assistant  Secretary - General for Economic Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The African continent presented three candidates. 
Mr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki was presented by the Government of Niger. He has been the Executive Secretary of the Planning and Coordination Agency of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD agency), an African organ established in Johannesburg.
Mr Assane Diop was presented by the Government of Senegal. He is the Executive Director of the ILO Social Protection Sector.  
The Government of Benin has presented Mr. Charles Dan, who is ILO Assistant Director - General, Regional Director for Africa.

Besides the Dutch candidate Ad Melkert there are three other European candidates. 
The French Government presented Ambassador and Former Minister Mr. Gilles de Robien. 
The Swedish Government presented Ms. Mona Sahlin, former Party chair of the Social Democratic Party and Member of Parliament.  
Mr. Guy Rider, responsable for International Labour Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and former Secretary General of the ITUC, was presented by Mr. Michael Sommer and Mr. Luc Cortebeeck, Worker members of the ILO Governing Body.


Profesor Milan Katuninec of the Slowakian Trnva Univeristy spoke on the WOW seminar on the social dialogue in Europe in Vienna. We have the pleasure to publish three parts of his speech. Below you find the second part that can also be useful for trade unions elsewhere in the world.

The young generation has to deal with individualism, that influences for example the negative demographic trend. And this is one of the greatest dangers for the welfare state, because the population is getting older and the number of contributors to the state treasury declines. We can not close our eyes and ignore the fact of increased pressure on state budgets of countries with developed economies. It is also one of the reasons that cause the increases of the national debt. In Slovakia, which has 5.4 million inhabitants in the next decade it could be theoretically to 700,000 retired people. Compared with ten years ago it is about a quarter more.
Society based on individual activity emphasizes the power of the individual and presents successful people as a model. An unwritten law arises from this that the world belongs to the strong and powerful. This more individualized generation considers that the best way to negotiate about salaries, working conditions and benefits is to deal with the manager directly, rather than rely on a union representative.
Many of hardworking young people, that place high demands on themselves, consider a democratic society only as a society of individuals engaging in responsible behavior. They see in trade unions a player with a single but dangerous slogan: „us“ and „them“, which, especially in strategic important sectors, polarize society into a black and white world and mobilize negative emotions, and especially trade unionists of some smaller organizations are using their positions for making life difficult for innocent citizens who often became hostages of their strikes.

Trade unions should not become an instrument of selfish interests, but promotion of legitimate social claims or expression of disagreement with the abuse of political and financial power is very important.   It is clear that strikes are a political activity, because politics is governance, but there is a difference between political activities and party activities, what in the recent past did not understand even some ministers in Central and  Eastern Europe.

Economic and social problems, corruption, arrogance of financial and political power, links between financial and political world, in which the political one found itself particularly in the subordinate role, evoke a feeling of injustice and mobilize people to protest actions.  However, the unorganized rebellion and similar radical activities have often ended in anarchy, violence and politically abuse and tended to promote selfish goals,  rise of extremism and weaken the parliamentary system of representative democracy. That is why the government but also the trade unionists must realize the importance of social partnership. But I do not think, that trade unions should be associated mainly with strikes and protests. It is necessarily to show to the young people a different face of trade unions - importance of quality culture of social partnership.

Even though man with his human dignity emerges as an individual, he is at the same time also a social being and social relationships penetrate his individuality. However successful he is, he cannot erase from himself this part of his being and cannot cover his eyes so as to not see the demands of social policy. The creative powers of the free market also have to join the protective regulations of social policy, which includes a permanent balance among the different demands of the people. The basis for such legislation should be personal as well as a common responsibility, competition and solidarity, and performance and social balance.  

Friday, May 11, 2012


Profesor Milan Katuninec during his speech at the WOW seminar on the Social Dialogue in Europe

Profesor Milan Katuninec of the Slowakian Trnva Univeristy spoke on the WOW seminar on the social dialogue in Europe. We have the pleasure to publish here the first of three important partis of his speech that can be useful for trade unions elsewhere in the world.

"Despite different developments of trade unionism, we all agree that the trade union movement must be an important part of civil society. But from 1989 there has been a widespread decline in the trade union membership in all central and east European countries. Poland has a level of union density of less than 15%, Hungary 16,8%, Czech Republic and Slovakia 17%, Bulgaria about 20%, and only in Romania is the density with 33% above the EU average.There have been many attempts to explain this negative trend and I know that we have no time to deal with them in detail. I will mention briefly only some of them.

One reason for this is a large structural change in the industrial breakup of enterprises that have not been competitive in new market conditions, the privatization of enterprises and new companies with transnational capital. During the period of reckless privatization, there was a weakening of the position of the trade union movement in many enterprises, the basic social rights of employees were ignored, and the market economy was reflected in the uncompromising assertiveness of the unrestrained capitalism. Most of employees who remain today in the trade union organizations are working for former state-owned companies.  People, who have been sacked and have experienced unemployment, are less likely to join again a trade union after finding a new job, because they have lost trust in the trade union movement. 

In Central and Eastern Europe as well as in many west European countries where the unemployment grows, trade unions are losing their power. We can see in our countries a failure of active social policy, which emphasizes prevention of social problems by taking action „ex ante“.  There is a growing number of young people in Central and Eastern Europe without any work habits, without having to learn that nothing is free.

There are 35.6 % young people in Slovak Republic unemployment and many of them are loosing active interest in work. They are without personal responsibility and roam the streets. This people, without acceptation that the borrowed money should have to be paid back, are living on state support without any hope for better future. In an unhealthy environment the importance of future and the strategy focused on goals of serving the common good is often underestimated, and the attention goes to the negotiations for solving of accumulated problems.  In such an environment we can not wonder that the view of young people on the social policy is significantly different from the view of the older generation, for whom unemployment is a huge shock. But there also are different views among young people."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


VOST President Olexandr Dzhulyk in the WOW office during his visit to Brussels.

During his visit to Brussels I had the opportunity to speak with Olexander Dzhulyk, president of the Ukrainian trade union confederation VOST. It was on the same day that the Ukrainian minister of foreign affairs had decided to cancel the summit to be held in Yalta because of a boycott of many European heads of government. It was also the 20th day of the hunger strike of former prime minister Yulia Timoshenko that she started in prison because she was beaten by prison guards.

VOST is convinced that Timoshenko has been imprisoned for political reasons. During the 2010 elections she was the strongest contester of president Janukovic. He won the second round of presidential elections only by electoral fraud (especially in the eastern part of the country) that gave him a 3% more votes than Timoshenko. But what makes things worse is that president Yanukovic himself has become a prisoner of criminal gangs. Therefore, the struggle for the freedom of Timoshenko is not only a struggle for democracy based on free and fair elections but also against political banditry.

As long as resolution 1862 (2012) of theParliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is not fully implemented by president Yanukovic, VOST will support the boycott of the European football championship as already has been announced by some European political leaders.

In this Resolution (article 2) the Assembly expresses “its concern with regard to the criminal proceedings initiated under Articles 364 (abuse of office) and 365 (exceeding official powers) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine against a number of former government officials, including the former Minister of the Interior, Mr Juriy Lutsenko, the former acting Minister of Defence, Mr Valeriy Ivashchenko, and the former first Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr Yevhen Korniychuk, as well as the former Prime Minister, Ms Yulia Tymoshenko.”

Yulia Timoshenko shows one of her bruising due to beatings by a prison guard.

Article 3 of the Resolution says: “the Assembly considers that Articles 364 and 365 of the Criminal Code are overly broad in application and effectively allow for ex post facto criminalisation of normal political decision making. This runs counter to the principle of the rule of law and is unacceptable. The Assembly therefore urges the authorities to promptly amend these two articles of the Criminal Code in line with Council of Europe standards and to drop the charges against former government officials which are based on these provisions. The Assembly wishes to emphasise that the assessment of political decisions and their effects is the prerogative of parliaments and, ultimately, of the electorate, and not of the courts. In this respect, the Assembly asks the President of Ukraine to consider all legal means available to him to release these members of the former government and to allow them to stand for the upcoming parliamentary elections. It considers that strict international standards delimiting political and criminal responsibility need to be developed.”

In article 4 “the Assembly regrets the numerous shortcomings noted in the trials against former government officials and considers that they may have undermined the possibility for the defendants to obtain a fair trial within the meaning of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Therefore VOST will continue its struggle for democracy in Ukraine as started in 2002 by the Orange Revolution as long as Resolution 1862 is not implemented by the actual Ukrainian Government.


CGT Secretary General, FETRALCOS President and WOW Vice President speaks for one of the Venezuelan Radio Channels during labor day march in Caracas, Venezuela.

We demand respect and the right on decent work.

Minimum wage, maximum for inflation salt and water.

No to the Castro Comunist law, hunger, misery, poverty, insecurity, that is this government out.

Our work is for Venezuela, no to comunist laws, orden, nationalist student organization.

Friday, May 4, 2012


Delegates WOW Finance section debate on the declaration. From left around the tables: three delegates from Catalunya ,  two delegates from Zaragoza, two delegates from Cyprus and two from Serbia. On the back you see President pf the section Mara Erdelj from the Serbian trade union BOFOS.

The consequences of the global economic and financial crisis have seriously endangered the very foundations of the world financial system and disrupted the world economic order as it was known. It lead to the loss of a large number of jobs through massive layoffs, deteriorated the material position of workers and pauperized a significant part of world’s population. The Finance Section of the World Organization of Workers – WOW is disappointed by the fact that principles of equity and social justice are sacrificed by the political agenda and considers this inappropriate in the current situation of crisis.
In the afore mentioned circumstances, the level of workers’ rights achieved in the past as well as the existing international labour standards and national legislations are evaded, neglected and not implemented, under the pretext of a need to save flagged economic and financial institutions.
For many years trade unions and workers-organizations have been struggling to safeguard the acquired rights. They have been, and still are, doing so by attempting to stabilize and secure employment, to fight for decent work in safe and healthy conditions, to regulate workers’ issues by an equal and fair social dialogue, and to conclude and implement collective agreements. Currently all these acquired rights are under threat.

Another view of the same meeting.
Employees in the financial sector, and thus our members, are not spared from these pernicious consequences caused by the world crisis. Primarily when it comes to job security and salary levels. Due to a fall of business profitability in the financial sector, employers try to reduce expenses by dismissing employees. Attempts to lower employees’ rights are frequent occuring. Too heavy work-load and unpaid over-time have become a part of daily life of the employees in the financial sector. Those who have been able to maintain their jobs are increasingly loaded with additional work leading to a deterioration of the interpersonal relationships. Fear of job-loss is damaging both the workers’ health as well as their privacy and violations ( mobbing ) of workers’ human and professional dignity as well as discrimination are more frequent.       
We are deeply concerned about this situation and determined to protect rights and interests of our members, employees of banks, insurance companies and financial institutions. Trade unions affiliated to the World Organization of Workers – WOW are of the opinion that political actors and world financial institutions must find the real causes of the crisis as well as those responsible for the crises. Furthermore they must give just and effective solutions to the existing problems and take the necessary measures to avoid repetition.
To this end we will insist on constructive social dialogue and preservation of rights achieved (workers’ labour and social security) by strengthening solidarity and unity among all workers and trade unions in the world. We will continue our struggle against all forms of inequalities and discrimination in order to achieve sustainable development and progress to the benefit of the entire society.
By sending this message from the said meeting we declare that we will not allow universal values and postulates, constructed and upheld by the UN and ILO directives and documents as foundations of social justice and advancement of humanity, to be replaced by unscrupulous rules of casino capitalism in which the only aim is profit and its domination over all other values and achievements of modern society.
Vienna, April 17, 2012