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.
All LO’s 14 affiliates have agreed on joint demands ahead of the 2017 bargaining round. This was the decision of the LO General Council at its meeting on October 19. It is a strong and united LO that is now putting forward joint demands, says LO President Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson.