Agenda 2030 raises the possibility of a more inclusive, sustainable and equal world. At the moment, when populism and protectionism are flourishing at an increasingly faster pace, the agenda gives a glimpse of light in the darkness. LO works actively to realise the scope of the agenda.
Allowing income gaps to grow has been detrimental to economic stability in many countries and produced a breeding ground for populism and protectionism. This is a warning bell for all of us who defend openness, international trade and a sound market economy. Inequality is bad for business and sooner or later it leads to mistrust and political upheaval. This is the message of a new LO report that will be presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Basic trade union rights cannot be subordinated to the economic freedoms in the EU. For LO, this is a prerequisite of the realisation of a Social Europe.