Unions are calling for the IMF and the ILO to focus on economic recovery and the protection and creation of jobs. Changes in the International TUC under the new leadership of Sharan Burrow, have led to a sharpening of the world union message around the twin themes of investment in and the creation of jobs. Information on the ITUC World Decent Work Day.

Brussels, 10 September 2010 (ITUC OnLine): At a major conference organised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Oslo on September 13, a high-level international union delegation led by ITUC President Michael Sommer and ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow will be arguing that priority must be given to maintaining economic stimulus policies, and achieving a real and sustained economic recovery with jobs at the centre.

"Achieving durable recovery means that the labour market imbalances and inequalities that were a major cause of the crisis must be tackled and prevented. Therefore, recovery must not be built on deregulation but can succeed only if based on policies that can improve well-being for people – on better and more available social protection, on collective bargaining, on higher minimum wages, on more progressive taxation, on green jobs – policies encapsulated in the Global Jobs Pact of the ILO," said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, adding “Furthermore, a financial transactions tax is needed to help provide the resources to carry out those policies.”