Trade Unions from industrialised countries call on governments to
take new initiative to halt growing insecurity for workers
ICFTU Online..., 153/980623/DD, 23 June 1998
Brussels June 23 1998 (ICFTU OnLine): Government needs to pay a
central role to ensure that public systems and social concerns are an
integral part of all social policy, says the Trade Unions Advisory
Committee (TUAC) in a statement they are presenting to OECD Ministers
prior to the OECD Social Policy Ministers' meeting on June 23/24.
TUAC says that globalisation, demographic change, mass unemployment,
increasing economic insecurity and changing family structures all
point to the need for a new agenda for social policy, with the
reduction of unemployment as its central objective. Any privatisation
of social security systems would be a disaster, says TUAC, and would
worsen inequality and increase insecurity.
The statement which TUAC is presenting to the Ministers today, June
23, includes a comprehensive basis for social policy reform, has seven
The statement says
the successful fight against unemployment is critical to restoring
social cohesion and allowing social policy to function effectively;
the obsession with the costs of public pension system is not a
satisfactory starting point to meeting the challenges of an ageing
society; instead there must be a balanced approach to pensions,
including public provision and action to integrate and favour
employing older workers.
It calls on Ministers to:
extend policy beyond purely economic policies to include a social
commit governments to funding as an investment in political stability,
and a condition for economic efficiency,
encourage public debate to establish agreed principles for the
equitable and sustainable renewal of social security systems,
encourage the OECD to play an active role in preparing comparable
social indicators, and disseminate policy experience.
conduct an equitable reform and strengthening of health care systems