LRGNext2021 - Thematic Session #3: Trade Union Rights | Gender & Intersectionality

28 Oct 2021 Geneva, Switzerland 28 Oct - 28 Oct

LRGNext2021 - Thematic Session #3: Trade Union Rights | Gender & Intersectionality

  • 28 Oct - 28 Oct
  • Geneva, Switzerland

The third thematic session of PSI's Local & Regional Government (LRG) Network Series, taking place on Thursday 28 October, from 1-4pm CEST is now open for registration.

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I. Trade union rights, employment conditions and labour relations in the LRG Sector

LRG workers deliver vital public services that are the glue of local communities and societies and cornerstones of inclusive socio-economic development. They also are the first level of government citizens turn to when emergencies hit and represent the bulk of public sector employees worldwide. Yet their conditions are often precarious, with poverty wages, lack of training and safety equipment, while attacks on trade union rights of LRG workers are a daily reality in many countries. To deliver quality local public services to all and serve communities at their best, LRG workers must have decent working conditions and respect for trade union rights.

Welcome and opening contributions:

  • Carlos Carrion-Crespo, International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • Kudakwashe Munengiwa, Zimbabwe Urban Councils Workers Union (ZUCWU)

Plenary discussion & affiliate consultation

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Gender and intersectionality in LRG services and workplaces

Women represent the largest share of workers in many LRG professions (e. g. community health services, child and elderly care, etc.). Together with other vulnerable categories (e.g. disabled, LGBTI, migrant and refugee workers, etc.) they face multiple layers of discrimination and bear the brunt of the precariousness and poor working conditions of many LRG jobs. This section will look at LRG union policies and good practices to ensure human and labour rights, decent working conditions and inclusion for all LRG workers.

Welcome and opening contributions:

  • Veronica Montúfar, PSI

  • Maria José Lacoste, CTM, Argentina

  • Mitchell Coe, UNISON, UK

Conclusions and action points

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Background documents:

  • Brief #7 - Trade union rights, employment conditions and labour relations in the LRG Sector (forthcoming)

  • Brief #8 - Gender & intersectionality in LRG services and workplaces (forthcoming)

Resources:

Trade Union Rights in the LRG sector:

Gender & Intersectionality in the LRG sector:

This session is part of the Local and Regional Workers Network Series 2021. The series is composed of six sessions running from 15 September to 3rd December 2021. All sessions are online. Each thematic session is composed of two segments as follows: an initial kick-off contribution by affiliates, experts and allied organisations as appropriate (30 min); a plenary discussion (30 min); and a summary of key conclusions and action points (15 min).

LRG Network Series 2021

Find out more and register to one or more sessions in this series of online thematic consultations on local and regional government workers' burning issues and global priorities for PSI affiliates and allies.

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