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Trade Unions - World Bank Dialogue

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The World Bank engages with trade unions in numerous ways: consultations with union members who are stakeholders in Bank projects; national consultation with unions as members of civil society; international policy dialogue on economic and social issues; research on the economic effects of collective bargaining, and training programs for both Bank staff and trade unions. This site includes reports and other materials from regular, ongoing dialogue between the World Bank, IMF, and the international labor movement.

Joint Report on Interim Meeting , March 2010 (59kb pdf). Interim meeting between representatives of the international trade union movement and the World Bank and IMF to follow-up on items discussed at the previous high-level meeting.

Joint Report, March 2010 (50kb pdf). Technical meeting with representatives of the international trade union movement, the World Bank and IMF on pension reform.

Presentation from the Regular Dialogue Meeting between ITUC, World Bank and IFIs, 18 June 2010 (148kb pdf)

Agenda from Interim Meeting on Dialogue between ITUC/Global Unions and IFIs, 9 March 2010 (68kb pdf)

Agenda from Technical Meetings on Pension Reform ITUC/Global Unions and IFIs, 8-9 March 2010 (78kb pdf)

Joint Report, January 2009 (70kb pdf). Global Unions (comprised of the International Trade Unions Confederation, Global Union Federations and TUAC), the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund held a series of leadership-level meetings in Washington, DC. Bringing together leaders and staff of the World Bank, IFC, and IMF and 90 trade union delegates from 42 countries, the meetings addressed a number of subjects of mutual interest including policy coherence on decent work, climate change, and labour standards. The overarching theme of the high level meetings, however, was the economic crisis and its impact on workers.

 Joint Report, December 2007 (73kb pdf). A delegation of trade union officials met with the IMF and World Bank to monitor the application of commitments made at the last high-level union-IFI meetings held in December 2006, and to jointly assess all facets of the process of regular enhanced dialogue between the international trade union movement, IMF and World Bank since a protocol establishing the process was adopted in February 2002.

 Joint Background Paper: Review of Five Years of Structured Dialogue between the International Trade Union Movement and the International Financial Institutions, December 2007 (66kb pdf). This background paper reviews the activities that have taken place since the adoption of the February 2002 protocol for regular enhanced dialogue between the international trade union movement and the IMF and World Bank.

 Joint Report, December 2006 (62kb pdf), IMF and World Bank management and staff met with 62 labor union leaders, advisors and observers from 35 countries. Discussions focused on issues of common interest to the unions and the IMF and the World Bank, including debt relief, loan conditionality, and core labor standards.

 Joint Report, October 2004 (50kb pdf), high-level meeting between World Bank, IMF and leaders of international trade union moverment, including further anticipated co-operation.

 Joint Report, November 2003 (29kb pdf), technical meeting on labor market reform with representatives of the international trade union movement and the World Bank and IMF.

Joint Report, November 2003 (16kb pdf), interim meeting between representatives of the international trade union movment and the World Bank and IMF to follow-up on items discussed at the previous high-level meeting.

Joint Report, May 2003 (23kb pdf), technical meeting with representatives of the international trade union movement on the World Bank and pension reform.

Joint Report, October 2002 (122kb pdf), high-level meeting between World Bank, IMF and leaders of international trade union moverment, including agreements for co-operation. Available in French (62kb pdf) and Spanish (51kb pdf).

Joint Report, July 2002 staff level meeting on labor issues in privatization with trade union representatives from the ICFTU, TUAC, and relevant GUFs.

Joint Report, February 2002 (11kb pdf), staff-level meeting between WB, IMF, ICFTU, TUAC, and WCL to establish terms of reference for ongoing dialogue between global trade union movement and Bretton Woods Institutions. Available in French (12kb pdf) and Spanish (13kb pdf).

"Trade Unions Speak Up in PRSP Review: Dialogue turns to resource allocation"
World Bank TODAY Article, January 2, 2002 (TODAY is the World Bank's daily online newspaper published on the World Bank's Intranet).

Joint Report, July 2001 working-level meeting with the WB, IMF, and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

Joint Report, March 2001 leadership meeting with the WB, IMF, and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL).

Joint Report, October 2000 leadership meeting with the WB, IMF, and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

See the World Bank and Civil Society website for more information about the World Bank's evolving relationship with civil society organizations throughout the world.

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