AFRICA — SOUTH AFRICA : The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) submitted on Friday his wage demands to the Chamber of Mines for wage negotiations 2013. NUM demands that workers receive a minimum of 7,000 rand for open air workers and 8,000 for underground workers a month. For all other categories an increase of 15% was demanded. — BURKINA FASO : Regional Directorate of Labour and Social Security (DRTSS) Southwest held a training for social partners on the prevention of occupational hazards on April 30, 2013. Different aspects of occupational diseases and accidents at work were discussed. — TUNISIA : The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) yesterday announced Wednesday, May 22 in Sidi Bouzid that a request will be sent to the government to initiate "a new round of labor negotiations" to cope with the sharp increase in prices and deterioration in the purchasing power of citizens. — GABON : The second edition of the Fair Employment and Training (SEF), opened on Tuesday May 21 at Libreville under the theme of "Emergence, training and employment: what prospects for 2025? ". As in the first edition, the second to be held until May 25, will bring businesses, human resources managers and job seekers in order to stimulate trade and economic partnerships between participants and create opportunities. --- WORLD — LATIN AMERICA : ECLAC and ILO provide a drop in unemployment from 6.2% in 2013. In the region, the urban unemployment rate could fall by an average 0.2 percentage points to between 6.4 and 6.2 percent in 2013 - the lowest rate in recent decades - according to a new report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). — PERU : The Secretary General of Global Union IndustriALL, Jyrki Raina, went to Lima to lobby for the repeal of the law that allows an unlimited number of short-term employment contracts in the textiles and clothing export sector.
For the union leaders of the these two organisations, the current document at the Rio de Janeiro summit has further reduced expectations about the direction of sustainable development, which may represent the failure in the outcome of the negotiations.
Two goals have been identified by trade unionists as being vital in order for the Rio+20 to represent a breakthrough: an initiative on universal social protection and the promotion of decent working conditions for all. These demands are closely related to poverty eradication, an issue that the Brazilian government itself highlighted as a being priority in the discussions around the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Eradicating poverty is to recognise the human right to social security. These provisions are contained in Convention 102 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on social security and the recent ILO Recommendation 202 around the same issues of national social protection. It is time to implement them," said Sharan. ”We must leave Rio with clear commitments to social protection for all by 2030 and with the allocation of resources to achieve it." Union data show that almost 60% of the world's workers do not have a contract of employment insurance and other 75% have no social protection. In addition to this, a recent survey conducted by CSI in 13 nations showed that seven out of 10 people believe that the employment laws in their country does not protect the stability of employment.
The president of CUT, Artur Henrique, supports Sharan`s statements and adds: "It is fundamental and necessary to establish equity and social justice as a pillar of the final document of the Rio+20." For Artur, the construction of a new world is essential to the preservation of humanity. In this sense, the leader says, "the final document of the UN Conference must give concrete commitments and targets for the construction of a new development model, one that is in fact sustainable".
At the Rio+20 the unions defended the adoption of a strategy that pursues the goal of decent work for all, with specific action to eradicate precarious work, reduce unemployment and promote the proportion of green and decent jobs, as well as gender equality. The construction of this new model, says the president of the CUT, presupposes a fair transition.
"To do this," he says, "we need a system of universal social protection, ensuring decent work, which requires freedom of organisation and bargaining rights, equality between men and women, health and safety and the combating of forced and child labour ".
"We're talking about a long process of transformation in the workplace. We support the idea that there are no jobs on a dead planet, so if we want to keep our jobs, they will have to become sustainable," said Sharan Burrow.
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