Key trade union priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Trade unions call for a new global development agenda that delivers equity, social inclusion, decent work and sustainable livelihoods for all while protecting our environment.
Goal: Full employment and Decent Work for all
Work is a key element of social and economic development. Through job creation and better working conditions people, communities and countries can lift themselves out of poverty and improve livelihoods. This happens only when work is decent, productive, provides fair wages, underpinned by rights. A decent work goal must include concrete targets for full employment, investment in green job promotion, reducing precarious work and ensuring a living wage as well as complying with international labour rights for all workers and gender equality at the workplace. The ILO Decent Work Agenda provides a useful reference for the understanding of decent work and its components as well as indicators for the measurement of the progress on its implementation.
Goal: Universal social protection
Ensuring universal access to basic guarantees of social protection is a human right and a direct and efficient way of reducing inequalities. The new agenda should include a goal on the implementation of social protection floors as defined in the Bachelet Report, and the ILO Recommendation 202 which has set an international standard to be applied at national level. Targets must be set and realised on income security for the unemployed, the sick, the disabled, pregnant women, children and the elderly as well as on access to health care, education, housing and sanitation. While social protection remains the responsibility of governments, a Global Fund for Social Protection should be established to introduce or strengthen social protection floors in the poorest countries.
For more information about the trade union engagement in the Post-2015 Agenda process, please contact Alison Tate, ITUC Director of External Relations (through email@example.com) or visit the ITUC campaign page on the Post-2015 Agenda.