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Consequences


1.      At a social level, a major consequence is that many people have become increasingly pessimistic about their future quality of life and standard of living. This is pointing in one direction – that of mounting frustration with the lack of jobs and decent work.

 

2.      There has been an increase in the number of those migrating, both within particular countries and from one country to others.

 

3.      Civil wars, the war on terror, and natural disasters have killed and displaced thousands of people. The issue of global warming  is threatening the existence of human beings on the earth.

 

4.      At the same time, we also discern some positive consequences at the social level. People in general, and young workers and youth in particular, are becoming more aware of the situations that affect their lives, and lead to a willingness to struggle and work to bring about change.

 

5.      Increasingly also, we hear of the topics of social protection, just and decent work, and dignity at work being discussed by groups, trade unions, workers, international institutions and governments.

6.      At the political level, a positive consequence we observe is the will and commitment of people to continue the peaceful and long struggle to bring about change. Repressive governments and rulers have been replaced by bureaucrats and the elite (at this stage, ignoring many on the edges of political power).

 

7.      Many governments have increased their spending on the military and reduced their spending in health care and education.

 

8.      The formation of progressive governments gives hope and optimism to people, but increasingly, the emergence of right wing governments has in many cases, exacerbated exclusion and social conflict.

 

9.      At the economic level, we have experienced rising food and fuel prices in recent years. The economic crises we face have resulted from such policies as privatization and so-called ‘free markets’.  The impact of these on our work is huge. We experience it especially in the form of precarious work, high unemployment and insecurity in our lives and in the lives of our families.

 

10.  On the other hand, because of the financial crisis now there is a feeling tight across the world that states need to have greater control or regulation of the market economy. As a consequence, some progressive governments have begun to assert their rights in regulating the economy of their countries.

 

11.  "Women are often the first to feel effects of globalisation, because international capital tends to be invested in more labour-intensive production, which tends to be female-dominated owing to lower wages of women workers in these sectors. In the process of globalization, female participation in paid employment has increased considerably. This, however, has not led to equal benefit from their integration into the labour market, which remains highly gender segregated." (ILO, Geneva 'ABC of women workers' rights and gender equality', page 39).

 

12.  At the cultural level, many of us live as individuals asserting our domination in work place through stiff competition with our fellow workers and leaving aside the principles of cooperation and solidarity.

 

Causes


13.  At the social level, we discover that the fundamental causes are rising unemployment, lack of food, increase in prices, and oppressive regimes.

 

14.  At the political level, we realise that many governments have been controlled and directed by corporations and companies at both national and international levels. Laws passed by governments often secure the interests of corporations and business, rather than the interests of working classes and their family.

 

15.  The promotion of war, sectarian conflict and social unrest in oppressive regimes sustain the production of weapon companies and work to guarantee their economic and military sovereignty over the other countries.

 

16.  Economically, there is less and less global investment in productive sectors which are the source of job creation. The focus has become the rising share of profits from financial operations rather than employment creation, with the sometimes negligible growth in this sector.

 

17.  Privatization of government industries, corporations and services has become a trend oriented to profit instead of service of communities in affordable and accessible ways.

 

18.  It seems that the present economic system is not based on moral and ethical values but is based on monetary values. Labour has become a cost factor to be reduced for the benefit of shareholders.

 

19.  At the cultural level the worth of human being is valued essentially in terms of profit or as a consumer. The culture of making profit is becoming the driving spirit.

 

20.  In summary, the current growth model that has evolved since the early 1980s has become economically inefficient, socially unstable, environmentally damaging and politically unsustainable.

 

 
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