Workers and trade unions represent the voices and interests of hundreds of millions of workers from across the globe. Our Major Group brings together several different types of worker organizations from national trade union centres, to regional trade union organizations, global union federations and trade union solidarity support organizations. We aim to reach and defend the interests of workers, regardless of whether they belong to the union movement, are employed in the formal sector, or work in the informal economy.
Our mission is to ensure that all people have access to a decent life and decent work in a healthy environment, access to quality public services such as health, water and sanitation, and to quality education and skills training as a means to achieving a decent job. We are determined to organize and defend human rights and labour standards everywhere, and to promote the growth of trade unions for the benefit of all working men and women and their families. We are determined to overcome poverty and inequality through social justice and to promote trade union ideals and principles.
The Workers and Trade Unions Major Group is committed to promote gender balance in its delegations, as well as encourage the involvement of young trade union leaders.
Trade unions are heavily involved in the 2030 Agenda process at global, regional and national level. Through their everyday work on upholding freedom of association, social dialogue and collective bargaining, on promoting decent work, social protection and the rights of working people, trade unions are instrumental to achieving the SDGs. A number of trade unions are conducting their own national monitoring and analysis to make sure that countries are on track to fulfil their commitments. The key messages emerging from their country reports are presented in the country profiles, available below.
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To ensure openness and transparency, Organizing Partners of each Major Group were asked to report on their activities and governance since the lead up to the Rio+20 Conference, including a written description of their selection/election criteria and a list of the organizations the Major Group consults with.