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Sustainable Development Goals E-InventorySustainable Development Goals E-Inventory

Crowdsourcing proposals for post-2015 to feed into the intergovernmental process on SDGs
 
Key:
Overarching proposal
Individual goal
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    A New Distribution of Income and PowerReducing InequalitiesDecent workMinimum wage and collective bargainingUniversal social protectionDistribution of power
Author/organisation/coalition:
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sector/Stakeholder Type:
Workers and Trade Unions
Email:
info@ituc-csi.org
Location of author:
INTERNATIONAL
Date of publication:
01/10/2012
Proposal : A New Distribution of Income and Power

Summary : This proposal was submitted in the context of the joint Civil Society/UN global thematic Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities, co-led by UNICEF and UN Women with support from the Governments of Denmark and Ghana. Economic inequality has become a threat to the global economy and to the life of millions of people worldwide. Redistribution of wealth and in particular of income is urgently needed both among and within countries. Decent work, collective bargaining, access to a minimum living wage and universal system of social protection are the key elements of a development agenda that can deliver on equity, inclusive growth and shared prosperity. However income redistribution goes hand in hand with redistribution of power. Democracy, the people’s participation in decision-making, respect for human rights and the rule of law must also be part of this agenda. Trade unions play a crucial role in the redistribution of both income and power and must therefore be at the forefront of policy debates related to social and economic inequality.

INTL2-inequalities-consultation-paper-ituc.pdf  
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Goal : Reducing Inequalities

Targets and Indicators: • Income inequality expressed by the ratio between the income of the top and bottom deciles (top and bottom 10% of the population)

• Share of wages and profits in national income • Gender-based wage gaps

• Ratio between GDP growth and the increase in social transfers

• Macro-economic aggregates on unpaid care work

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Goal : Decent work

Targets and Indicators: • Employment rate

• Job creation including in infrastructure, the care sector and green jobs

• Share of people engaged in informal work relations among the active population

• Investment in education and vocational training as a percentage of GDP

• Ratification of ILO core and gender Conventions

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Goal : Minimum wage and collective bargaining

Targets and Indicators: • Statutory minimum wage above national and international poverty lines

• Percentage of the workforce covered by minimum wage legislation

• Convergence of productivity and wage increases • Gender-based pay gap

• Trade union density

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Goal : Universal social protection

Targets and Indicators: • Implementation of a universal social protection floor based on ILO Recommendation No.202

• Extension of social security provisions to men and women working in the informal economy

• Ratification and implementation of ILO Convention No. 102 on social security

• Spending on social protection as a percentage of GDP

• Revenue raised through progressive tax collection as percentage of GDP

• Creation of a global fund to help the poorest countries implement a social protection floor

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Goal : Distribution of power

Targets and Indicators: • Respect for political and civil rights, including workers’ rights

• Active social dialogue and government’s engagement with civil society organisations

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