March 8 is International Women´s Day. Our fight for rights, for social justice and more sustainable egalitarian societies continues - a fight that regretfully remains difficult.
We are not resigned to women being “frozen in time”. Unfortunately the gender pay gap has remained at the same level over the past 10 years. On average women are paid 18% less than their male counterparts. A new report published by the ITUC examines this, read it here.
The important role that women could play in the emerging green economy should not be ignored nor should the importance of ensuring women’s access to green jobs. Have a look at our interesting report on Women Workers and Green Jobs here.
The new international bank established by the BRICS will seek to promote sustainable investment in emerging and developing countries. The ITUC has welcomed this initiative and asked for this new financial instrument to contribute to a more inclusive growth, decent work and sustainable development.
The 7th of October is the World Day for Decent Work, a day when ITUC and its affiliates mobilize all over the world for decent work. In 2014 WDDW will be calling for climate justice
ILO Director-General calls on EU environment and labour ministers to align policies for sustainable development.
It is time to take immediate and robust action to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The clock is ticking and time is not on our side.
By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.
The British trade union UNISON, as part of the group The Climate Coalition, is actively engaged in climate action and supports the campaign Push for European climate action that calls on the UK Government for ambitious action on climate change at the European level.