Trade Unions and the Future of Work

Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, about how the pandemic is reshaping labour markets and labour rights.

How is the pandemic reshaping labour markets and labour rights? Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, how trade unions are preparing for a pandemic-induced reallocation shock; what unions are doing to respond to systemic issues through climate action and the Just Transition; and why the erosion in the ITUC Global Rights Index warrants a new social contract.

 

Recording date: 01.07.2020

 

Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC). She served as inaugural president of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006 and was re-elected in 2014. A president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 2000-2010, Sharan has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns. Sharan studied as a teacher, before working for the NSW Teacher’s Federation and then the Australian Education Union.

The ITUC is a confederation of national trade union centres, each of which links trade unions of that particular country. It represents 207 million workers through its 331 affiliated organizations within 163 countries and territories. Its primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.

 

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