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Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Entries by Sharan Burrow

Charting a Course for Equality in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:52 PM

The 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos wound up amidst a global economy in stasis, stock markets on a roller coaster, inequality at the heart of global risk, a refugee crisis born of conflict or economic desperation and climate devastation escalating.

All the discussion of a Fourth...

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It's Time for Business to Take the Sons and Daughters Test

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 4:20 AM

Conversations which start in Davos, a Swiss mountain resort where governments, business, trade unions and NGOs gather at the start of every new year, can sometimes turn into a dialogue which can change the world.

The Davos week began with Oxfam detailing increasing inequality 62...

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Curbing Vulture Capitalism and Protecting Workers Rights Should Follow Myanmar's First Democratic Steps

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 4:44 AM

Myanmar has taken its first steps away from decades of brutal military rule with the election of Aung San Suu Kyi's democratic party.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner claimed a sweeping victory for her National League for Democracy (NLD) opposition, after the first quasi-democratic elections for more than 60 years.

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Climate Talks at Half Time -- Will Climate and People Win?

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 7:23 AM

COP 21 in Paris is half way through and, after a week when negotiators went backwards and forwards over old arguments around text and commitments, the Draft Paris Outcomes are finally on the table.

Ministers come in today and it will take strong leadership to ensure an agreement...

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A Successful Transition to a Zero Carbon Future Must be a Just Transition

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 10:31 AM

World leaders, nearly 150 at the largest gathering of heads of state and government, have spoken and the climate talks in Paris are underway. Negotiators have just over a week to agree a binding global agreement with a commitment to a 'just transition' to give people hope that both jobs...

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Climate Action Requires a Just Transition: We Will Leave No One Behind in a Zero-Carbon Future

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Governments have started a two-week negotiation for a global agreement to tackle climate change and limit rising world temperatures to two degrees Celsius.

Underpinning the complexity of the negotiations is a simple fact; we must plan for a zero carbon future to avoid catastrophic loss of life and livelihoods.

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Refugee Crisis Elicits Compassion in People Yet Indifference From Government -- We Need Urgent G20 Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:59 AM


Security, rights and freedoms are under attack. Democratic space is shrinking and millions of people engulfed in conflicts fear for their lives, driving the greatest movement of refugees seeking safe haven since the Second World War.

Global military spending stands at almost $1.8...

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Nobel Prize Is an Award for the Power of Social Movements

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 2:19 PM

Every year in October there is a collective moment when the world thinks about peace, and the individuals and institutions who make peace happen.

The Nobel Peace Prize has traditionally put the spotlight on the work of stateswomen and men Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Barack Obama, civil rights...

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Back to the Future: Our Journey to Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty World

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 10:43 AM

In just a few weeks time on October 21, 2015, we'll be living in a world that was briefly imagined in the 1989 film Back to the Future II.

The iconic date, captured in a sequel to the time travelling adventure story gave a vision for the future...

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Why the Refugee Crisis Is an Economic Issue for the G20

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 2:09 PM

A few hundred miles away from where the G20 Labour and Finance Ministers are meeting in Turkey, the body of a young Syrian boy washed ashore. The images shocked the nation's people and indeed people throughout the world.

Three year old Aylan Kurdi, his five year old...

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Top 10 Worst Countries for Workers' Rights: The Ranking No Country Should Want

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 12:36 PM

If you're a labourer in the Gulf States, working under the draconian "kafala" system of modern-day slavery, the results of this year's Global Rights Index should come as no surprise.

The latest ranking of workers' rights includes the global top ten, of which no country should want to...

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Where's the Ref? FIFA -- A Sports Body Playing Without Rules

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:35 PM

Football, or soccer as it is known, is a game of two halves. It's a game with rules and a referee. FIFA, the governing body for football, follows neither the rule of law or has the oversight of a referee.

Hours after dawn raids rounded up seven FIFA officials in...

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Follow the Money: How Pension Fund Leaders Are Key to a Zero-Carbon Future

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:25 PM

To understand the complexities of our world, we're often told to follow the money and find a trail that can unlock a tangled web of interests.

The money that underpins our dependence on high-carbon assets and puts lives and livelihoods at risk has many masters.

One master is the...

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This May Day -- End Corporate Greed

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:08 PM

May 1 is a celebration of workers' rights. Known as Labor Day, May Day or International Workers' Day. A day observed by millions of people around the world with rites and traditions nearly a century old.

A few weeks ago on the outskirts of Manila a group of brave men...

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Davos Awakenings

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:41 AM

There is a story of catatonic patients who briefly wake up after being injected with a trial drug, before returning to catatonia.

The same awakening could be true for the gathering of elite business leaders every year in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

For one week a...

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Is the Global Economy Out of Time?

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:10 AM

As the World Bank and the IMF meet in Washington this week, people are asking, is the global economy finally out of time?

The financial institutions said once again 2014 could be the year the global economy emerged from six years of recession and slow growth. They were...

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A New Climate Economy Gives Hope to Millions of Workers

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:37 AM

8 billion people will share the planet by 2030.

These people are our family, our friends, our workmates and our neighbors. These people all depend on a healthy planet, a decent job and a secure income.

These are people like us.

Historically leaders have gone to war to...

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Will Rain Stop Play? G20 Team on the World's Economic Playing Field Face Nail-Biting End to Season

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Australia is known to many people for its sunshine and sporting prowess. But every so often rain stops play.

As a great sporting nation, Australia shows that the rules of fair play govern cricket pitches and the uniquely Australian ovals that host the national football code, Australian Rules.


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Corporate Power Must Be Tamed

(20) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Seven years into an economic crisis that was born in America, but has left structural damage to the global economy and the global workforce, more than one in two working families in 14 countries that constitute half the world's population cannot keep up with the rising cost of living.


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The Case Against Qatar

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Images of football stadium workers sleeping ten to a room in squalid rooms and their dangerous cooking facilities provoked a furious response from authorities in Qatar after they were published in an ITUC report, The Case Against Qatar.

Refusing to take responsibility for the 1.4million workers in Qatar...

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