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Leaders' Statement

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary

International Trade Union Congress (ITUC)

Belgium, Europe


Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in 2010. The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and represents 176 million workers in 162 countries and territories and has 328 national affiliates.


It’s time for serious action against corruption, and workers can help

Democratic rights and freedoms can only be protected by the rule of law.

When political leaders and wealthy individuals believe it's ok to avoid the taxes that offer hope and support social protection – unemployment security, health, education, child care, aged care and many other public services – this corrupts our societies and makes us all vulnerable.

And when global supply chains rely on the exploitation of too many people with insecure low paid and often unsafe work to secure profits, it corrupts our economies.

When secrecy robs workers of their rightful compensation and hide abuses of workers’ rights, or denies governments the finances to build inclusive communities, then it's time for serious action. In the face of corruption, exploitation, inequality, environmental destruction - the answer is transparency and the rule of law.

Workers can help. They are often the first to spot problems and help resolve them.

Companies and governments must encourage and protect whistle-blowers.

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