by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
on the Economic and Social Situation
in the CIS States and Actions by Trade Unions
in the Context of the World Financial and Economic Crisis
27 April 2009
Since the second half of 2008, the world has been plunging into a financial and economic crisis, the first ever in the era
of globalism. It has already entailed a dramatic drop in production, mass dismissals, reduced rates of the real wages and
social benefits, growing uncertainty about the future, and threats of a social outburst. Although it has affected world
countries in different degrees, the scope, depth and duration of the crisis’ impact on all inhabitants of this planet are
undoubtedly global in nature.
STATEMENT BY THE GCTU
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
8 December 2008
On the 10th of December 2008 the world will mark the 60th Anniversary of the adoption by the UN General Assembly
of a historic document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
on the Current World Financial and Economic Crisis
20 October 2008
The General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, affiliating national trade union centres in 10 countries of
the Commonwealth of Independent States and 32 industrial Trade Union Internationals, expresses its alarm at the crisis
developments in the world economy and their eventual outcome for workers in the region.
by the International Conference
"On the current situation and problems
of the trade union movement in CIS countries"
Moscow, 14-15 April 2006
The conference states that the trade union movement in the CIS countries has gone a difficult and eventful path.
The unions have identified their goals and tasks, and forms and methods of work in the conditions of transitional
economies and burgeoning stabilisation of the new social system. They believe the protection of workers’
socio-economic and labour rights and interests to be the cornerstone of their policies.
IN THE FIRST EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM
Florence, 6-10 November 2002
The General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, an organisation
affiliating national trade union centres in the countries of the Commonwealth of
Independent States and industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region,
sends its warm greetings to participants in the European Social Forum. We are
positive that this forum will provide possibilities for a broad-based dialogue of
public forces concerned over the negative consequences of globalisation for
most of the Earth's population, and develop a platform of action that will meet the
needs of Europeans in today's complicated situation.
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
Moscow, 25 October 2002
On behalf of its member organisations, the General Confederation of
Trade Unions expresses its deep indignation at the tragic events in Moscow,
namely, the seizure of hostages by terrorists. The lives of hundreds of
people have been exposed to danger.
The GCTU condemns strongly terrorism in any forms. Whatever goals
and arguments may be used by the champions of terror policies to cover
their deeds, they will, always and everywhere, inevitably result in death,
suffering and horror for peaceful citizens. The trade union movement
regards terrorism as a dangerous and implacable enemy of the democratic
institutions and socio-economic progress.
The GCTU pledges complete support for President Vladimir Putin and
the Government of the Russian Federation, and also for the authorities of
Moscow in their attempts to release the hostages, avoid a bloodshed,
preserve the lives and protect the health of innocent people, and prevent any
dangerous consequences for the city and the nation.
The GCTU calls on trade unions in all countries of the world to
condemn bitterly the terrorist act committed in the capital of Russia, and
unite their efforts in the struggle against outbursts of terrorism in any part of
General Confederation of Trade Unions
STATEMENT BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION
OF TRADE UNIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY
FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY
Moscow, 17 October 2002
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.