Unions demand quality jobs to beat global poverty

Union leaders representing 170 million workers across the world are meeting prime minister Tony Blair to press the case for decent jobs to help to tackle global poverty.

TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, who will lead the delegation, said quality jobs paying good wages were needed to provide lasting solutions to world poverty.

Officials from unions in the US, Russia, Japan, Nigeria and across Europe will meet Blair to tell him that his efforts to tackle poverty in Africa and climate change had the support of working people.

Barber said: “Working people around the world are backing Tony Blair’s efforts to make poverty history in Africa and protect the planet, but trade unions will be pressing all governments to recognise that decent work is key to achieving those goals.”

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