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February 2024 Forums General discussion ITUC conference

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    Apparently the International trade Union Congress has just met and had its congress addressed by joe Biden (who said he wanted organised labour at the heart of his administration, or something like that).

    A new social contract

    In among the warm words is some good sense:

    “Peace is at the heart of the ITUC’s values, and the absolute rejection of the atrocity of war must drive the achievement of a framework for common security, cemented on the principles of the United Nations, that addresses the ideological, social and economic causes of conflicts and holds to account those who are responsible for initiating and sustaining wars and for committing war crimes as well as terrorist attacks.”

    Also, some daftness: “The adoption of the Declaration of Philadelphia by the ILO in 1944 in the midst of the destruction of the Second World War, with its commitment to “Full employment and
    the raising of standards of living” and its assertions that “labour is not a commodity, freedom of expression and of association are essential for sustained progress, and poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere”” well, labour power is a commodity, but it shouldn’t be, maybe that’s what they mean.

    And some bits are just hilarious: “[congress] sets a target of 575 million jobs to be created in order to reach full employment along with the formalisation of at least half of all informal jobs by 2030, recognising the importance of ILO Recommendation 204”

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    ALB
    Keymaster

    This is hilarious too. The US Congress has passed an Inflation Reduction Act as if inflation (understood as a rise in the general level of prices) could be stopped by an act of parliament any more than by an order from King Canute.

    Actually, the Act has nothing to do with reducing rising prices (let alone inflation in its proper sense of depreciating the currency) but is a name chosen for vote-catching purposes.

    https://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/inflation_reduction_act_one_page_summary.pdf

    #236459
    Moo
    Participant

    “Peace is at the heart of the ITUC’s values, and the absolute rejection of the atrocity of war must drive the achievement of a framework for common security, cemented on the principles of the United Nations, that addresses the ideological, social and economic causes of conflicts and holds to account those who are responsible for initiating and sustaining wars and for committing war crimes as well as terrorist attacks.”

    Does this mean the USA will stop selling weapons to Israel & the Saudi-led coalition?

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