Istanbul declaration in 4 languages from labor organizations of 58 countries

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At the close of the International Symposium on Trade Unionism in the Islamic World organized by Memur-Sen and SESRIC in Istanbul, 80 confederation representatives from 58 countries were published common "Istanbul Declaration in 4 languages.

The International Symposium on Trade Unionism in the Islamic World organized by the Confederation of Public Servants Trade Unions (Memur-Sen) and the Islamic Countries Statistics, Economic, Social Research and Training Center (SESRIC) in Istanbul has been completed. In the closing ceremony of the symposium, "Istanbul Declaration" was published in 4 languages including Turkish, Arabic, English and French, 80 confederation representatives from 58 countries signed the declaration. It was decided to encourage research and development for poverty, hunger, unemployment, fighting global wars, proper work, productive employment and establishing safe workplaces that are at the top of the greatest depression experienced by mankind. In addition, trade union-based common workshops have been signed and the highest level of agreement reached.

“Istanbul Declaration” in 4 languages

We, the head and representatives of relevant authorities on trade unions participating in the “International Symposium on Trade Unionism in the Islamic World” held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey on 13-14 October 2016;

Expressing our profound gratitude and deep appreciation to the Confederation of Public Servants Trade Union (MEMUR-SEN) and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) for organizing and hosting the symposium on Trade Unionism in the Islamic World;

Inspired by the OIC 2025 Programme of Action, adopted by the 13th Islamic Summit Conference, held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey on 14-15 April 2016;

Encouraged by the Islamic principle of justice, equality, tolerance and peaceful coexistence of all nations to ensure the sustainability of societies and combating poverty;

Having been informed by the detailed presentations and deliberations made by the representatives of the different trade unions participating in this Symposium;

Reiterating our commitment to build strong, transparent and responsible trade unions and enhance our cooperation with relevant international organizations operating in the field of labor, employment and social protection, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), Arab Labour Organization, Specialised Technical Committee on Social Development, Labour and Employment (STC-SDLE) of African Union and support their efforts to promote and intensify research and development for decent work, productive employment and safe work places;

Recalling that the Jakarta Declaration adopted by the Third Session of the Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers held in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia on 28-30 October 2015, urged OIC member states to further improve the protection of workers within OIC Member States, including their social protection through relevant national laws and regulations;

Recognizing the present challenges faced by labor organizations in mobilizing membership, reduce unemployment and create decent work due to rapid growth of technology and the nature of global market which has also been exacerbated by the global financial crisis;

Acknowledging that capacity building and technical cooperation is essential in harnessing the capacities of our human resources and enhance our institutions to ensure better policy making and supervision;

Realizing by our shared vision of promoting a skilled workforce, eradicating or reducing unemployment, improving safety standards, achieving higher pay and benefits, and better working conditions to end poverty in all its forms, hereby recommend the followings:

1. Promote better coordination and complementarity in “South-South Trade Union Cooperation”,

2. Further improve the protection of workers including their social protection through relevant international laws and regulations,

3. Strengthen the institutional capacities of trade unions in our countries and in a number of policy areas,

4. Promote collaboration in reducing unemployment among OIC Member States through increasing capacity building, skill recognition and transparency in labor market and labor capacity information,

5. Design and implement good strategies including networking regionally and globally, consultations and exchanges of information, experiences and good practices at all levels,

6. Encourage trade unions and relevant international institutions such as the ILO and SESRIC to actively support and participate in the implementation process for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of public employment services and safe working environment,

7. Develop a joint program that aims at supporting trade union organizations and bargaining strategies as well as their institutional capacities at all levels,

8. Request trade unions to designate focal persons who will, on behalf of their unions, coordinate and facilitate the cooperation and partnership among trade unions,

9. Call on trade unions to partner with all relevant stakeholders both in the public and the private sector to spur progress towards the realizations of the Sustainable Developments Goals,

10. Invite trade unions to pull themselves together, intensify their efforts and strengthen their capacity to stimulate cooperation in the areas of employment and social protection, and establish a knowledge network among them,

11. Request governments to provide a well-balanced legislative framework to promote trade union collective bargaining and social dialogue,

12. Recommend governments to increase their public spending on health, education, social insurance and other social services,

13. Express our commitment to establish an “OIC Trade Union Committee” and propose the recognition of this Committee at the relevant OIC forum as an affiliated body.


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