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

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The Case Against Qatar

(3) 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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It's Not the Economy, Stupid... It's Employment

(19) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 9:13 AM

We all eat breakfast in the morning, we all go to sleep at night, and we all want our kids to have opportunities that we didn't.

Recent elections in Europe have confirmed that governments who don't create jobs will feel the anger of voters.

The public is losing faith that...

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Grimm Pickings: The Real Economic Fairy Tales

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 10:23 AM

The concept of "green jobs" or a "green economy" is often attacked as the work of the Grimm Brothers by those wedded to the grim science of free-market economics.

The idea that we can build a strong economy while improving our environment and reducing global warming is seen as pure...

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The World's Next Top (Economic) Model

(47) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 8:15 AM

Models are the hot topic at this week's gathering of political and business heavyweights in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF).

Not of the pouting, long-legged variety who strut the catwalk, but economic models -- those invisible and mysterious systems that not...

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Lost in Translation in Cannes

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 9:38 AM

Cannes, the glamorous French Riviera resort town with its seasonal influx of movie stars and streets lined with mansions well past their glory, epitomizes the distance between the rich and poor.

It is a strangely apt venue for a conference to pull the global economy up by its bootstraps.

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The Truth About Cats and Dogs

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 8:58 AM

As the G20 meeting looms, the anger directed at the banks is understandable. But it's a bit like being angry that a dog should chase a cat: we yell at the dog, but the real problem is that the dog is off the leash.

There is much righteous -- and...

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