SASK

The Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland SASK is the solidarity and development cooperation organization of Finnish trade unions. SASK is the development cooperation organisation of the Finnish trade union movement. Our aim is to promote decent work and living wages for everyone. We support the reduction of poverty and inequality by strengthening the trade union movement and position of workers in developing countries. With decent work we mean that people should have access to regulated, safe and healthy work which guarantees a living wage or sufficient livelihood. As far as the core labour standards are concerned we refer to ILO. ILO Core Labour Standards include (1) freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, (2) elimination of forced labour, (3) effective abolition of child labour and (4) elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Where we work SASK has dozens of development cooperation projects in South and Southeast Asia Southern Africa Latin America, mainly Colombia. Our partners are usually Global Union Federations and trade unions. How we work SASK supports the UN sustainable development goals of eliminating absolute poverty and reducing relative poverty globally. Relative poverty can be reduced through collective agreements and social policies that enable the working population to gain their share of national development and wealth. Poverty and inequality are also reduced through promoting social inclusion and increasing people’s opportunities to take active part in social processes. Trade unionism is a sustainable tool for improving the opportunities of the working population to influence social policies and to reduce inequality. That is why SASK works with the trade union movement and research and training organisations that support its goals. SASK was founded by the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions SAK and its affiliated unions in 1986. Since then, SASK has become a widely representative solidarity body of the Finnish trade union movement with two central organisations and 35 national federations as affiliated members.

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