World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) tens of millions of people have taken action on October 7 to stand up for union rights and decent work.
This year again, unions from across the world will be calling in unison for social justice and decent jobs for all. With governments still unwilling or unable to tame the dominance of global finance and multinationals over peoples’ lives, the only way to get the economy back on track and serving the interests of the many rather than the few is by building workers’ power.
Just 7% of working people in the formal and informal sectors are union members, yet hundreds of millions more want the security and protection that unions provide. Organizing new members is the most crucial task facing the union movement worldwide, and the World Day for Decent Work is a great opportunity to spread the union message far and wide, to reach out to others to help them join their union and to support global solidarity actions for working people.
Mass participation in union-organised rallies and demonstrations has been a feature of the World Day for Decent Work in many countries, and the ITUC encourages all organizations to mobilize as many people as possible on the day.