Colombia and the Americas maintain the lead in a grim record of murder and repression of workers involved in trade union activities in the latest world Annual Survey of violation of trade union rights released by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at the 100th ILO Conference. The Survey was conducted across 143 countries illustrates that trade union repression is still ubiquitous. A WDEV summary
Covering the year 2010, the Annual Survey (see reference) reveals: * 90 murders of trade union activists (49 in Colombia alone) * another 75 recorded death threats and at least 2,500 arrests * at least 5,000 sackings of unionists because of union activities. “Around the world, workers, communities and populations are trying to claim basic rights to decent work and a decent life, and in many countries these people are being met with sackings, violence and in extreme cases murder by governments and by employers and businesses,” the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow, said when launching the report ...
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
The year 2015 was marked on the one hand by the inability of the European Union (EU) to emerge from the crisis, and on the other by a dramatic rise in the number of people taking flight from their homes and from their homelands, because of wars and terrorist attacks, in many cases caused by the destructive policies of the EU and of its member states.
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14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.