World Day for Decent Work

October 7, 2017 – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), which is a day organized by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to shed light on decent work and labour rights. A large part of the world population is not earning enough to live a life in dignity. This year’s focus is minimum wages and the dire need to ensure safe and decent jobs for all. Recent figures show that 780 million people are estimated to be working but not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. This is one of the reasons why the Global Deal was created.

What does ‘decent work’ mean?
The International Labour Organization (ILO), one of the initiating partners of the Global Deal, define decent work as:

“Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men’’.

This is what the Global Deal is all about – to use social dialgoue and sound industrial realtions as means for achieving decent work, quality jobs and increased productivity and by extension to greater equality and inclusive growth. The Global Deal thus offers a win-win-win opportunity for all actors on the labour market. The partnership was initiated by the Swedish Primie Minister Stefan Löfven, together with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Click here to read more about decent work at ILO’s website.

Click here to read more about the Global Deal.