STATEMENT BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION
OF TRADE UNIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY
FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY
Moscow, 17 October 2002 г.
On the initiative of the United Nations, the 17th of October is annually
marked as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
On this day, the people of our planet, and first of all workers and their
trade unions, appraise their living standards as they summarise the results
of the outgoing year. It is to be regretted that in most countries huge
sections of the population are still vegetating on less than one US dollar
a day, which is a universally recognised indicator of abject poverty. Even
in the wealthiest countries of Western Europe and North America, quite a number
of people live under the officially established poverty line.
The situation is aggravated by the widening
material gap, as the handful of rich countries and well-off people possessing
fortunes sufficient to feed the hungry millions, cure the hundreds of
thousands of sick, and educate the illiterate masses prefer to spend that
money on their own excessive consumption. All this provokes further
increases in social tensions, both nationally and globally.