President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has tasked governments around the world and international employers of labour on the want for a brand new social settlement that could supply decent jobs and entrench fundamental rights at paintings.
Talking at the continuing 108th centenary conference of the international labour conference (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, he maintained that a new social agreement turned into the simplest manner to achieve the desired respectable paintings; a sustainable development dreams (sdgs) schedule.
Wabba, who doubles as president of the Nigeria labour congress (nlc), noted that with the new countrywide minimal wage and president muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the new countrywide minimal salary modification act presently being monitored to ensure complete implementation via all tiers of government and employers within the non-public region, it could be said there was modest development inside the conflict for social justice in Nigeria.
“as we progress into the 4th industrial revolution, we want an economic version that is socially and economically sustainable. the digital transformation must leave nobody behind. technological revolution must now not be a danger to respectable paintings.
“going forward, we want a new social agreement in order to deliver decent jobs and entrench fundamental rights at work, freedom of association, freedom from discrimination, freedom from toddler labour, freedom from each form of gender-based violence, the proper to a living wage and the right to strike.
“I see plenty of hope in the future of work. however, to get to this favored future, we must preserve to consolidate on our mandate for social justice. we must continue to bolster our ability for tripartite relations. we must retain to strive towardsExtended social progress in a manner that in the long run engenders sustainable commercial peace which is at the coronary heart of the aspiration and paintings of the ILO.
“it is therefore essential that we take advantage of a conference like this to interrogate very vigorously the old idea that social safety cannot be achieved along develop in a generation. we have to confront the fears that progressed wages and decent paintings conditions are at odds with monetary development. we need to demobilize the myth that there can never be sufficient for each person regardless of elegance, gender, and social status.
“there’s indeed enough to fulfill our wishes but infrequently enough to meet our greed. we ought to, consequently, make the essential sacrifices to keep the wheels of monetary prosperity moving, the engine of social development roaring and the wings of inclusive innovation soaring,” he said.
Moreover, the nlc president stated: “I urge workers anywhere now not to relent inside the fight for social justice. to win this combat, we have to attempt to build people’ and exchange union energy. we ought to bear in thoughts that the combat for stronger unions are the pleasant safeguards for democracy.
“so as to consolidate employees’ electricity and construct resilient exchange unions, the ituc has prioritized the merchandising of peace, democracy, and rights.
“we demand the law of economic power and the redistribution of wealth. for us, it’s miles “employees first, then income.” we refuse to simply accept modern-day historical stages of inequality. we reject the truth that greater than 70 in keeping with cent of the sector’s humans have very little social protection.
“We call for a re-jig of tax systems in a manner that restores the redistributive function of the presidency. we reject a situation wherein greater than 50 in line with cent of the worldwide wealth is owned by way of much less than 1 consistent with cent of the sector’s populace. we insist on social contracts that deliver social justice.
“in the long run, our goal of social justice is a shared one. government and employers will benefit greater in a milieu of social justice and progress,” he brought.