IFJ Congress 2001: 6. ICFTU and Globalisation

6. ICFTU and Globalisation

NUJ Great Britain and Ireland

The 24th IFJ Congress meeting in Seoul on June 11th to June 15th, 2001

Noting the attempts by the IFJ since last Congress to bring together workers across borders to exchange information and plans campaign, such as at Reuters, Independent Newspapers, and more recently at the London World Summit on copyrights,

Alarmed that the financial global markets continue to be unstable threatening further economic turmoil where million of workers without social safety nets may fall straight into poverty,

Concerned at the continuing feeding frenzy with mergers -- the most recent being the AOL-Warner merger -- strategic alliances and takeovers, concentrating media organisations in fewer and fewer hands and pushing media and telecommunications conglomerates to the cutting edge of the process of globalisation,

Aware of the limitations of the strategy of the international trade unions in seeking reforms of the global economy and its financial institutions, and partnership with the conglomerates and shying away from mobilising the strength of the billions of their members to make the process of globalisation serve the need of working people,

Further noting the development of an anti-globalisation movement and its organised protest from Seattle to Washington, Chiang Mai, Okinawa, Melbourne, Prague and Davos and welcoming the launch of an alternative World Social Forum in Porte Alegre (Brazil),

Calls on the Executive Committee to

1. Establish the most efficient internal structures within the IFJ to coordinate the Federation's work on globalisation;

2. Continue to develop the global authors' rights campaign and lay out plans on a similar project on public sector broadcasting;

3. Increase its intervention at the level of the International Labour Organisation and international trade unions, such as ICFTU, for a programme that goes beyond their commitment to the United Nations' Global Compact and their attempt to include binding clauses promoting labour rights in international frameworks; and at the same time develop a relationship with social movement in support of common demands to protect social and cultural values;

4. Develop policies to reform the international financial policy-making and bring about a shift away from the globalisation model’s emphasis on export-driven economies and foreign-investment dependence which made billions of people passive victims rather than beneficiaries of the enormous power of technological and economic change.