Saturday, 19 October 2019

 

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An International Labour Organization for the 21st Century!​

The current model of globalisation puts profit ahead of people. The flawed rules of the global economy see working people take home an ever-smaller share of the wealth they create while corporations are allowed to extract, exploit and undermine. These rules are human-made and we can change them. It’s time for a New Social Contract between workers, government and business.

In June 2019, governments, workers and employers are coming together for a historic meeting to negotiate the International Labour Organization’s Centennial Declaration. This is a once in a generation opportunity to let us fix the global economy and get it working for people.

What do we want:

·         Rights for all workers, whatever employment arrangements they have.

·         Fairer wages, including minimum wages on which people can live a decent life.

·         More control for people over their working time and more oversight over their bosses to make sure they can’t discriminate or evade responsibilities.

·         Building justice into the climate and technology transition.

Some bosses would rather continue with business as usual. If we raise our voices together, we can make them and governments listen.

Tell the ILO we need a New Social Contract that guarantees a fair deal for all working people.

 ITUC petition to the ILO is available through this link "https://act.ituc-csi.org/page/42724/petition/1"

EATUC-EA

 

The lack of portability of social security benefits in East Africa Community now 9 years since the Common Market Protocol came in force is a great impediment to free movement of labour in EAC. The absence of a comprehensive guidance to how to achieve this does not make matters any better.

On 5th March 2019 EATUC has had yet another fruitful discussion with the East African Legistlative Assembly(EALA) members of the Committee of General purpose on the possibility of a Social Security Portability Bill. The bill sets to inform on which benefits should be portable; the issue of reciprocity between social security systems in origin and destination countries; where should benefits be taxed; who pays the pension when individuals are eligible in more than one country among others.

EATUC Executive Secretary Sist. Caroline Mugalla said "We have long task ahead of us but with such positive remarks from the committee we cannot stop to be optimistic of possibility of a proper regulatory framework for portability of social security with EAC learning from Rwanda and Burundi who are already doing it, Looking forward to the continued support from our cooperating partners the Solidarity Center and others".

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