||Issue No. 250||21 December 2004|
Beyond The Law
Interview: The King of Comedy
Unions: Ten Simple Rules
Politics: Rampant Indivdualism
International: Global Struggle
Economics: Cashing in the Year
History: Grass Roots
Review: Cultural Realities
The Locker Room
The Price Of Tea In China
Cry For Me, Argentina
Ho Bloody Ho
Right Is Wrong
Business As Usual
All In The Family
Swing Left Wishful Thinking
Tomorrow the World…
Burrow is excited by the move to build a "new international" with the proposed amalgamation of the ICFTU with another major international union federation, the World Confederation of Labour (WCL).
"We will build a new international on the foundation stone of our strengths, which is our history," says Burrow. "We will build an inclusive movement that includes women as well as men and be representatives of all cultures."
Global bargaining tables and a commitment to organising and collective bargaining are features of a re-invigorated international union movement, according to Burrow.
"We will be organising locally and globally," says Burrow. "This is the only way unions can facilitate the recognition and implementation of their rights.
"The main priorities of the ICFTU are to secure fundamental rights for working people across the world, develop international labour standards, improve gender equality, help end workplace discrimination and tackle instances of exploitation by multinationals.
Burrow put the prominent role of Australian trade unionists in international union federations down to international recognition of Australia's commitment to fairness.
"Unfortunately this is being eroded by the current government and the international corporates," says Burrow, who has been congratulated on her new appointment by national and international leaders but not by Prime Minister Howard.
"Maybe nobody has told him yet," jokes Burrow.
The ACTU President has already worked with Dutch and US unions on the James Hardie campaign.
The ICFTU is also working with government for a global ban on products.
The ICFTU was established in 1949 and represents 23 affiliated union organisations from more than 150 countries with more than 150 million individual members. The ICFTU cooperates closely with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
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