Wages and Working Hours
The ITGLWF believes that growing industrialisation and improved productivity should lead to reductions in the working day, week and year. This would also lead to a better integration of work and family life.
The ITGLWF is committed to :
- provide assistance to affiliates engaged in collective bargaining, in particular through exchanges of information on wages, methods of pay and conditions in other countries or in other parts of the same company;
- campaign for enforceable labour standards to ensure that unions are able, through the process of free collective bargaining, to ensure that every worker, regardless of his or her workplace, earns in a standard working week a living wage which meets at least legal or industry minimum standards and is always sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income;
- campaign for reduced working hours, with the objective of securing a 35-hour week in developed countries and a 40-hour week in developing countries as soon as possible;
- assist affiliates in resisting the practice of forced overtime;
- demand that overtime be worked only in short-term exceptional business circumstances, and in all cases be limited to 12 hours per week;
- encourage and assist affiliates to secure two consecutive days off in the working week;
- encourage and assist affiliates to seek to secure a minimum of three weeks holiday with pay;
- campaign for the universal ratification of the ILO Convention on part-time workers;
- disseminate information on the detrimental effects of night work on the health of workers;
- campaign to secure a reduction in the retirement age with suitable pension provision.