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UN blocks recognition of brutal regimes in Myanmar and Afghanistan

December 6, 2021 – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed a decision by a United Nations credentials committee to postpone a decision about who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the UN. The move effectively blocks the Afghan Taliban and the Myanmar military junta from representing their countries at the UN for now. […]

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Nobel Prize in economics explodes minimum wage and jobs myth

The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics has further exploded a decades-old myth that increasing minimum wages costs jobs. The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, empirically, that the idea touted by conservative economists that higher minimum wages mean fewer […]

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Military spending rises to US$2 trillion as urgent needs remain unmet

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said: “Governments have brought shame on themselves by wasting vast sums of money on the military and increasing spending while urgent requirements for public health and economic reconstruction and resilience from the COVID-19 pandemic have not been met. “This is a scandalous misuse of resources at a time when the […]

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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary Must Spur Efforts to End Nuclear Weapons

August 6, 2020 – This week’s 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with 250,000 killed and many more suffering terrible effects on their health, is a sombre reminder of the appalling destruction of nuclear weapons and should spur international efforts to eliminate them. “With rising global tensions and the retreat by many […]