International economic and social policy

The world economic crisis has fuelled the global debate over a comprehensive change in the factors shaping the process of economic globalisation. International trade union organisations are pushing for political decisions that foster a socially just and sustainable development for workers worldwide.

Among the arenas of engagement is the G20 process, where the Labour 20 (L20) represents workers’ interests in a dialogue with government and business. The L20 have been successful in placing demands for investment, the creation of decent jobs and the elimination of inequality on G20 communiqués.

Ground-breaking decisions are being prepared at present to shape the global economy. In order to make sure that controversial trade agreements such as the TTIP, TPP or TISA do not have a negative impact on workers, the public at large and democratic practices, trade unions are seeking to inform the public and encourage a dialogue with decision-makers.

Reliable tax revenue is absolutely essential to finance the state, public and social services. The issue of tax justice has been firmly on the agenda of trade unions. In light of the scandals surrounding the tricks of multinational companies to avoid paying taxes (e.g. Lux Leaks) and the Panama papers, trade unions are pushing for more reforms to fairly tax companies where value is created, to close tax havens and to avoid tax competition, among others.

Head of Project

Mirko Herberg

+49 (0)30 26935-7458

Marc Meinardus

+49 (0)30 26935-7744


Contact persons for specific requests


Further Information:

A Guide to New Technologies to Fight Climate Change and Create Jobs


Just Transition
(ITUC Climate Justice Frontline Briefing 2018)


TiSA - Not Our Future (IUF 2018)

TiSA - Foul Play (UNI Global Union 2017)

The Trouble With TiSA (International Transport Workers’ Federation 2017)