CTUG Commonwealth Day statement and ITUC statement for International Women’s Day 2020


Brother Owen Tudor, the Deputy General Secretary of ITUC International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Sharing message on behalf of  Brother Owen Tudor, the Deputy General Secretary  of ITUC International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to Commonwealth Trade Union Group(CTUG) members on  CTUG Commonwealth Day statement and International Women’s Day 2020.

Monday 9 March 2020 is Commonwealth Day, and the day before is International Women’s Day, so the Commonwealth Trade Union Group (CTUG) statement for Commonwealth Day focuses on the urgent need for action for women’s equality, and in particular calls on Commonwealth governments to:

  • guarantee the fundamental human rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining for all women workers;
  • ensure that all workers, including in the informal economy, are guaranteed a labour protection floor and access to social protection;
  • ensure equal participation of women in the labour market (including raising participation rates in secondary education and increased investment in the public sector care economy);
  • join the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and discussing measures to implement equal pay with social partners;
  • eliminate gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work through ratifying and implementing ILO Convention 190 adopted last June; and
  • promote women in leadership through a feminist approach to leadership.

 This echoes the ITUC statement for International Women’s Day, and reflects several of the issues we will be lobbying for in the run up to this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda in June.

 Please click on the link: https://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/iwd2020_commonwealth_statement.pdf to view full  CTUG statement available on the ITUC website and the ITUC statement for International Women’s Day 2020 on https://www.ituc-csi.org/IWD2020.

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