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Right to strike reaffirmed but campaign continues

  • About the campaign

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    On 18th February, thousands of trade unionists took to the streets, bombarded social media channels and lobbied their governments to defend the right to strike. ITF affiliates in countries ranging from Bangladesh to Ukraine made their support clear – and they were not alone. Global cooperation between the ITUC and the global unions meant this was a protest across sectors as well as across borders. The coordinated pressure made a difference: at a tripartite meeting at the end of February 2015 workers and employers agreed a statement reaffirming the right to strike.

    "We made really a step forward, the Committee on Freedom of Association and the Governing Body, both in March and the Committee on Application of Standards of the International Labour Conference in June will be the test that the employers will really respect their commitment. Anyway the Government Group declared that to have freedom of association, the right to strike is necessary. Many thanks to the important support of the ITF" said Luc Cortebeeck, workers' chair of the ILO Governing Body.

    Read about it here:

    ITF press: Right to strike upheld but needs defending

    ITUC news: Right to strike reaffirmed at ILO

    ILO meeting outcome 


    The right to strike is a basic human right, which was won through struggle – yet all over the world this right is under attack. ITF unions exercising the right to industrial action are routinely met with repressive measures ranging from sackings, detentions and arrests to violence and even murder. The ITUC’s Global Rights Index shows that the right to strike is frequently restricted in law and violated in practice around the world.

    The International Labour Organisation’s mechanisms have been under fire. The ILO is made up of three groups – employers, workers and governments. The employers’ group has challenged the very existence of the right to strike established under ILO Convention 87. Although the February 2015 statements have resolved the issue for now, attacks against workers’ rights continue – so unions and their international organisations remain vigilant.

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1414 Days Ago
we Trade Unions should join hands seriously to fight for this rightemployers use the article 4 of teh convention 87 to violate our core right.
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Abdul Maleek

1462 Days Ago
Defend the Right to Strike @ITFglobalunion
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Sammy Deburggraeve

1503 Days Ago
The right to strike is a fundamental human right and an essential element in a well functioning democracy!
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Sarah Finke

1504 Days Ago
Samuel Gompers: Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty
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Robert JS Ross

1510 Days Ago
There is no right of association without a right to strike; and the right of association is a fundamental human right, as fundamental as speech or worship.
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Niek Stam

1511 Days Ago
Strike. To defend the right to strike
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Petar Petrov

1512 Days Ago
The right of strike is a part of the working process
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