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Korean Workers Launch Major Wave of Strikes, Winning International Support

Korean workers have embarked on a major wave of strikes “to protest against government ‘reform proposals that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, weaken seniority protections won through collective bargaining and privatise some state-owned industries.” Tim Shorrock reports in In These Times that “the ITF and Public Services International (PSI), the global federation of public sector workers, have asked the International Labor Organization (ILO) to intervene to ensure that the Park government respects the rights of workers in South Korea to freedom of association. The strikes in South Korea, the ITF’s Cotton said in an email, ‘have been triggered by the government ignoring its own laws by imposing drastic new labour practices in the public sector. It is no secret that this is a precursor to the introduction of widespread privatisation.’ Yet, despite labour’s objections, ‘every attempt by the unions to seek talks with the government has been rejected.’”

No to privatization of occupational health and safety!

Public Services International says “no to the privatization of occupational health and safety!” PSI welcomes the rejection of a draft standard by member organizations of the International Standards Organization (ISO). PSI has consistently held the view that the proposed standard elaborated by ISO tramples on the ILO’s mandate, and for that reason it should be set aside. This would have been a de facto outsourcing and privatization of a standard on matters which should be agreed on by social partners and regulated and enforced by governments

Source: www.world-psi.org

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World Social Protection Report 2017–19. Universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Executive summary

This ILO flagship report provides a global overview of 1 recent trends in social protection systems, including social protection floors. It analyses the current state of social protection for children, for women and men of working age, and for older persons, following a life-cycle approach. Based on new data, the report offers a broad range of global, regional and country data on social protection coverage, benefits and public expenditures on social pro- tection. It presents new estimates on effective social protection coverage for a comprehensive monitoring of social protection systems.