Radikaliserades fackföreningsrörelsen i Rio?

Något av det mest överraskande i Rio har varit det etablerade fackets radikalisering. Braslianska LO stödde fullt ut det folkliga toppmötet och deltog med kraft i manifestationer och arrangemang på jämlik fot med andra folkrörelser. Man bröt också tillsammans dialogen med regeringen. Det internationella fackets budskap kan ses som i många stycken lika radikalt. Tillväxt som annars varit det dminerande budskapet från etablkerade fack som lösning på de flesta problem lyser med sin frånvaro i dokumentet. Istället dominerar krav på att värna allmänningarna, rättvis oimställning och samarbete med andra folkrörelser. Asbjörn Wahl från För Velferdstaten i Norge rapporterar:

An impatient Trade Union Assembly in Rio on 11-13 June adopted a statement which represents an important step forward, in which it realises “that our current profit-driven production and consumption model, identified as the source of rising social inequalities and environmental degradation, must be replaced if a truly sustainable development is to be achieved”.

It further demanded that “the Commons, natural and energy resources are brought and kept under public ownership, securing their public preservation and administration with social control.” In order to replace the existing model, the trade union movement must play “a decisive role in fighting for an alternative development model for our societies, grounded on peoples’ needs, on solidarity, on economic democracy and on a fair distribution of wealth”. In this struggle, the trade union movement must “make use of our organisational capacity and our experience of past struggles to form a strong, organised global movement in a bid to spur governments and corporations, who are reluctant to act, into taking appropriate measures to tackle and stop climate change.” This is something to live up to!

It further demanded that “the Commons, natural and energy resources are brought and kept under public ownership, securing their public preservation and administration with social control.” In order to replace the existing model, the trade union movement must play “a decisive role in fighting for an alternative development model for our societies, grounded on peoples’ needs, on solidarity, on economic democracy and on a fair distribution of wealth”. In this struggle, the trade union movement must “make use of our organisational capacity and our experience of past struggles to form a strong, organised global movement in a bid to spur governments and corporations, who are reluctant to act, into taking appropriate measures to tackle and stop climate change.” This is something to live up to!

Find the entire statement http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/assemblyresolution_eng_tc_rev.pdf

All the best

Asbjørn Wahl

Adviser of the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees, and Chair of the Working Group on Climate Change of the International Transport Workers’ Federation

 

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