Monday, October 06, 2008


A worldwide coalition of trade unions and other organizations have come together to declare tomorrow, October 7, the World Day for Decent Work. See their website for further details. Here's the general statement of what the day will be about from the organizers.



About the day:
As every person should be able to have a job that enables them to live a good life in which their basic needs are met, decent work is the focus for World day for decent Work (WDDW). This is an opportunity for trade unions and organisations to join a broad global mobilisation involving a large number of people and a wide range of activities. The activities can be connected with three major themes: Rights at work, a theme dealing with the rights of working women and men; Solidarity, a theme focused on practical action involving cooperation between affiliates on a bilateral or multilateral basis; and Ending Poverty and Inequality, a theme emanating from the new globalisation.

You don’t necessarily have to invent a new campaign for October 7. Maybe you can highlight some of the work that is already being done in your organisation? All countries have issues with decent work ― maybe it’s more obvious if you are working in a developing country than in an industrialised one. Decent work issues can include migration; discrimination; equality; forced labour; human trafficking; child labour; and other core labour standards such as right to bargain collectively and the freedom to organise; freedom of expression; laws and agreements issues; informal economy; climate issues (green jobs); health and safety; social protection; poverty and food crisis; social dialogue… well the list can be even longer. Many of these issues are dealt with on a daily basis in many trade unions and organisations. Once you have decided on your actions, please tell us by reporting them on this web site.(SEE WORLD DAY FOR DECENT WORK AT -MOLLY).

A number of organizations have events planned for tomorrow. Here's an announcement from the IUF, often quoted on this site. Make sure to check out their new "watch sites" on the Nestlé and Unilever corporations.
IUF Challenges Job Destruction at Nestlé, Unilever on World Day for Decent Work:

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The IUF is targeting the systematic, programmed destruction of permanent work at two major food TNCs - Nestlé (the world's largest food company) and Unilever (number 3) - as unions worldwide highlight the menacing spread of precarious work on October 7 - World Day for Decent Work.

Casual, insecure, subcontracted jobs are not an accidental byproduct of the constant redefinition of "core" business, or the search for "flexibility". The destruction of permanent work has become a major pillar of corporate human resources strategy, implemented to fund record dividends and share buybacks in the name of "shareholder value". Alongside their brands, the companies are manufacturing insecurity. Precarious jobs are corporate policy for shrinking and ultimately extinguishing the number of workers who retain a direct employment relationship with the corporations whose products they manufacture - and with whom they can negotiate their terms and conditions of employment. Precarious work is union busting.

Nestlé and Unilever have been brutally and systematically eliminating permanent work while touting the virtues of job creation and "corporate social responsibility." Behind their famous "billion dollar brands" the former Nestlé or Unilever worker has been increasingly replaced by an abusive system of outsourcing, casualization, "temporary" hiring and "co-packing" which is steadily eliminating the use of permanent employment contracts.

To highlight the leading role of these two food giants in destroying decent work the IUF is launching two new websites.

Nestlewatch and Unileverwatch are interactive sites with translation toolbars for multi-language use. We've launched them to challenge these companies' systematic cultivation of insecure, precarious work, to put a corporate face on the process of job destruction, and to assist in fighting back.
Here's another item from the Uniglobal Union site, the people who brought you last year's "virtual strike" against IBM. This is for everyone anywhere it will held on 'Second Life'. It is a bit late for the introductory sessions, but you may still be able to sneak in at the last moment via their site.

Looking for helpers for October 7th, World Day for Decent Work‏:
UNI, together with the international labour movement are running an Action Day for Decent Work on October 7th. Half of the world’s 2.8 billion workers live on less than 2 USD a day. People should have the right to bargain for wages and working conditions!

We will be wearing sandwich banners on our avatars and passing on notecards in Second Life on October 7th.

Could you help join us and spread the word?

Meet us in SL, on Union Island, October 1st from 10 AM to 12 AM SLTSL Time (6-7 PM London UK time)or October 2nd from 5 AM to 7 AM SLT (1-3 PM London UK time)
…so we can give you the equipment!
And join us then, October 7th from 6 AM to 8 AM SLT (2-4 PM London UK time)to meet on Union Island and then head off to distribute note cards everywhere!
More information?
Contact “UNIglobalunion Oh” in SL or check
And don't forget to check in on the main website of the World Day for Decent Work for a complete listing of the dozens and dozens of events that will be held worldwide tomorrow.

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