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

Entries by Sharan Burrow

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

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:25 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 | 4:08 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

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:41 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 | 9:10 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 | 8:37 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 | 9:24 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 | 3:47 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 | 7:00 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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G20 Finance Ministers in Need of Some Old 'Know-how': Jobs and Decent Wages

(13) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Listening to optimistic talk of an economic recovery among the world's financial elites is a bit like hearing a smoker describe their latest heart attack as they light up another cigarette.

As G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers responsible for 85 per cent of the global economy prepare to meet...

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Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Two men with a passion for football sat alongside each other in an unlikely venue last week. Not in a stadium, on a football pitch, or in a sports bar. Instead they took the stage in a cavernous room in Brussels, home of the European Parliament.

Both men were...

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Qatar: A Conspiracy of Silence

(13) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Governments, corporations, FIFA and even the UN willingly take billions of dollars of Qatari money and the price appears to be a blind eye to 21st century slavery.

Qatar is the wealthiest nation on earth with $88,222 per head of population. It is not a democracy rather it...

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What Would You Do If You Inherited the World's Richest Country?

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has informed the ruling family of his decision to transfer power to his son, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Seen as more conservative than his larger than life father -- Sandhurst educated Tamim, 33, has a big robe to fill. With a per capita...

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What Secretary Kerry Won't See in Qatar

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:09 PM

On Wednesday John Kerry will cross the finish line of his first listening tour as Secretary of State. His last stop is Doha, Qatar, a small gulf state with a big problem.

In international politics Qatar is playing a leading role in regional peace and stability. From brokering peace talks...

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Looking for a Ray of Joy in Spain

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 8:39 AM

A few days ago a story was picked up in the international media about the collapse of the Spanish real estate company Reyal Urbis owing banks, businesses and workers $4.75 billion.

It is the second biggest filing in Spain since property company Martinsa Fadesa defaulted on...

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Is the G20 Jobs Train Ready to Leave the Station?

(33) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:07 AM

This week a group of government officials, meeting in a Moscow hotel, could set in train advice for their G20 leaders that creates jobs and restores balance to a global economy wrecked by inequality.

The soaring architecture of their hotel sits on a bend on the Moskva...

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Why We Need a Charleston Revival

(14) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 2:19 PM

There is more to the southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina than first meets the eye.

This harbor city's namesake the Charleston dance has spread throughout the world.

During the prohibition years of the 1920s the Charleston became an international dance craze and has stuck with us decade...

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An Inconvenient Economic Truth

(76) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 9:56 PM

It's unusual to write a review of a movie you haven't seen.

But reading about Inequality for All, the new documentary screened at Sundance Film Festival, reminds me of a plot that I have seen in many countries around the world.

The drama in Europe, the Middle East...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Cruz

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 8:08 AM

"Let me tell you about just one case," I said to Nasser bin Abdullah al-Hemidi, the Qatari Labor Minister. "Let me tell you a story of one worker among the thousands of migrant workers here in Qatar who are trapped by unfair laws."

And so I told him about the...

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Cutting Our Own Net

(7) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:22 AM

It's probably unintended but ironic nonetheless that the WCIT-12, or World Conference on Telecommunications, is meeting this week in Dubai, a nation where workers rights are enjoyed by the privileged few.

Like its fellow Gulf state Qatar, most of the heavy lifting in the emirate is done by guest workers...

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Democracy of the Banks, by the Banks, for the Banks

(38) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 9:27 AM

It was Abraham Lincoln who coined the famous phrase: democracy of the people, by the people, for the people. Such a sentiment may be now considered hokey, emanating from a simpler, less cynical time.

But this hokey sentiment was something that people were prepared to fight and die for:...

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