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EXECUTIVE BUREAU – NAIROBI - Session of 7-8 May 2009 - page 17 / 22





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The gist of the matter is that through this trade union declaration, the international trade union movement challenged the G20 leaders to work towards a strategy for a fairer and more viable word economy for future generations.

The strategy focuses on five main lines of action, namely:

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    a recovery plan and a sustainable growth programme coordinated at the international level (a)

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    investments in the global economy to ensure that growth comes with little emission of carbon (b)

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    new regulations for global financial markets ©

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    an efficient and responsible global economic governance (d)

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    a fairer world where one can work and live (e)

The Rome Declaration: This declaration called "Global plan of action for employment" was formulated during the preparatory work for the London Summit and aimed at submitting trade union perspectives to the G8/G14 Ministers of Labour and employment Social Summit held on March 29-30, 2009. This summit brought together the G8 countries and six others (South Africa, Brazil, China, Egypt, India and Mexico). The declaration was submitted in the course of this summit during a tripartite consultation comprising Ministers, Employers and Trade unions. An accent was put on five points:

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    Employment protection and creation, the pillar of the sustainable growth plan;

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    Protection of workers’ pensions

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    The fight against the reduction of salaries and for the defense of distributive justice

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    Establishment of principles in the area of employment within the framework of an international agreement related to climate change

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    Establishment of effective and accountable global governance.


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