7 October – World Day for Decent Work
At the initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation, the World Day for Decent Work has been celebrated worldwide on October 7 since 2008.
The International Labour Organization defines six provisions for decent work in its Decent Work Convention:
– fair labour, without slavery, coercion, use of child labour;
– working in a safe environment;
– productive work, bringing decent remuneration, fully ensuring the maintenance of the families of workers and their social protection;
– work that provides opportunities for development and social integration,
– work that guarantees the right of employees to freedom of expression, freedom of association and collective bargaining,
– equal, non-discriminatory work for all, including men and women.
The ITUC’s message to mark World Day for Decent Work highlights the importance of social dialogue in the design and implementation of job creation plans.
How many jobs ?
The ITUC is demanding a plan to create 575 million jobs and the formalisation of at least half of informal jobs by 2030.
What kind of jobs?
– Climate-friendly jobs – to stabilise the planet and deliver a zero-carbon economy.
– Inclusive jobs – because over 200 million jobs were lost to Covid-19 and the vast majority were lost by women.
– Jobs with rights, including maximum working hours, living minimum wages and health and safety at work, regardless of the employment arrangements.
– Jobs in care and infrastructure – because the recovery from the pandemic must be resilient to deal with future shocks and other threats.
“Governments must recommit to full employment because this provides the basis for economic security and social justice, – said Sharan Burrow, ITUC Secretary General. – The global labour market is broken. Work is even more precarious than it was before the pandemic hit, and this requires the rules to change so that people are protected from growing exploitation and rampant insecurity”.