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Documents for the ICFTU Rio di Janeiro
conference, May 1999
- Women workers the worst victims of global
- ICFTU Online, 13 June 1997. As governments dismantle
their public services and multinational companies look for the
cheapest workers, women are increasingly in the front line of
anti-union repression. The ICFTU's Annual Trade Union Rights Survey
details how women workers are victimised by public sector decimation
and through global restructuring.
- Mujer a Mujer: Firsthand Account of Levi's
- From Fuerza Unida, 4 January 1998. Reprint of an older article
Mujer a Mujer in Canada wrote about Fuerza Unida, and an interview.
Example of why globalization is projecting women to the center
of the global struggle of labor and how a group of women respond.
- Bread and Roses: The rising of the women be means
the rising of the race
- The complete words to Bread and Roses. Words by James Oppenheimer
and music by Caroline Kohsleet, 6 March 1998. The lyrics and chords
of a song that has become very popular in the struggle of women
- Women Workers: Still fighting for the right to
- ICFTU OnLine...., 6 March 1998. Women now make up
nearly 50% of the labour market and 35% of union members.
A new ICFTU report launching a campaign, Claiming their
Rights, charts women workers' battles with governments,
employers, and sometimes with their male colleagues in
their fight for union rights. Women workers are becoming
- Women and unions: Contribution to organized
- By Linda Briskin, York University, Canada, 8 February 2000.
This examines the impact of women's organizing on union
transformation, and, given that increasing competition among
workers is at the heart of restructuring and globalization,
both equity and solidarity must be central to union
- Organizing Women
- By Elizabeth Goodson, ILO, 8 February 2000. Women have not achieved
equal status with men within the trade union movement. If trade
unions are to be credible to women regarding their commitment to
promoting equality as a basic human right, they must be able to
show that equality is an integral part of their own policies and
- Women to shape future of trade union movement - global
- ICFTU OnLine...., 23 January 2001. A major survey of
working women all over the world launched by the ICFTU to help the
it build up a picture of what women see as the most important issues
related to their jobs [see next document].
- Will ICFTU survey ensure women shape the future
of the international trade union movement?
- By Peter Waterman, 26 January 2001. This ICFTU initiative [above],
like acquiring a Social Clause in the WTO and a 'union' domain name
on the internet, indicates an institutional intention of goodwill
rather than a serious international social movement strategy.