Sometimes people, when I’m explaining my job, wonder what trade unions are doing in the sector of development and NGOs. They acknowledge that trade unions fight for labour rights, but the link with development work isn’t clear to many people. This little video, made by the International Trade Union Confederation Development Cooperation deals with some of those questions.


Why and how are Trade Unions linked to development? Of course, the workers movement has a long history of international solidarity, across the borders and all over the world. Nowadays, Trade Unions (and Trade Union Solidarity Support Organisations- TUSSO) put decent work at the center of their development strategies, and believe that, to lift people out of poverty in a sustainable way, it has to be done by promoting the four pillars of decent work:

  1. labour rights
  2. living wage
  3. social security and social protection
  4. social dialogue
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