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Workplace Safety

In recent years, the global landscape has seen a resurgence in economic growth and job indicators, yet systemic challenges persist. The inability of current economic models to generate sufficient decent jobs, inadequate labor rights, and escalating inequalities are among the pressing issues faced worldwide. Moreover, the development of artificial intelligence presents both excitement and challenges for the future of work.

Amidst these complexities, returning to a “business as usual” approach risks further crises. Instead, there’s a need for an alternative path that prioritizes decent work and social justice. Rooted in the principles of the International Labour Organization (ILO), this path emphasizes fair treatment, equal opportunities, and decent working conditions.

The fight for decent work and labor rights demands urgent attention as many regions grapple with significant labor market challenges, including high informality and low productivity. Globally, youth unemployment remains a formidable issue, alongside forced labor and child exploitation.

Discrimination in the workplace, particularly against women, exacerbates disparities and undermines fundamental rights. Attacks on workers’ rights, as seen in Myanmar and other nations, highlight the need for concerted efforts to uphold labor laws and protect union leaders.

Discontent is palpable worldwide, driving calls for decisive action toward genuine social justice. A balanced approach to sustainable development, with emphasis on the social pillar, is imperative. Tripartism, involving governments, workers, and employers, fosters social dialogue and facilitates the implementation of international labor standards.

The vision of establishing a new era of decent work and social justice is attainable through unified action and bold leadership. Initiatives like the Biden-Lula Initiative on Workers’ Rights and the US Presidential Memorandum on Advancing Worker Empowerment reflect crucial steps toward promoting labor standards globally.

The establishment of the Global Coalition for Social Justice underscores the commitment of governments, institutions, and trade unions to address labor challenges collectively. Moving forward, identifying thematic areas of focus will be instrumental in driving meaningful change.

In closing, the call is extended to all governments and institutions to join the Global Coalition for Social Justice. Together, through collaborative efforts, we can strive for a world where decent work and social justice prevail for generations to come.

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