Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Jim Baker is Coordinator of the Council of Global Unions (CGU). The CGU brings together EI with all of the other Global Union Federations as well as the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Removing the Fear from Migration

During the ILO Tripartite Technical Meeting on Labour Migration on 6 November 2013, Ambet Yuson, Chair of the Council of Global Unions (CGU), and of its Migration Working Party, stressed the concern that fear is a serious barrier to the exercise of  rights by migrant workers:   “There is another serious problem faced by migrant workers that I want to put on the table. It is a powerful, but sometimes hidden factor - racism and xenophobia. One of the reasons that human ...

Years of demagogic attacks on public services in some countries, even if the services are efficient and of good quality, has created a barrier to understanding the value of quality public services (QPS) [1]. In this sense, the notion of QPS is an easier concept to explain if there is a common understanding that collective solutions to many of the challenges facing society will be fairer and more efficient, than if everybody fends for themselves individually in the market.   However, this ...

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Reforming Reform

In democratic societies, certain values have been seen as primordial. Economic activity and market actors should find their place in that value system. Phrases such as the “social market” economy or “capitalism with a human face” reflected that mentality. There has always been a tension between the market and human values or “public service values”. That is how it must be. In the days of the Cold War, capitalism was sometimes confused with democracy. It should now be clear to everybody that ...

Thursday, 04 October 2012

Stop precarious work!

Mr. Dyokwe worked as an employee of a factory in Cape Town, South Africa beginning in 2000. In 2003, he was asked by his supervisor to go and “sign a form”. When he went to the office at the address provided, he was told that he would have to go to work for a “labour broker” if he wanted to keep his job. He returned to his position, but with a lower salary.  And, in 2009, he found himself on ...

Monday, 17 September 2012

Politics - Big Money versus Democracy

"Money is the mother's milk of politics." Former Speaker of the California Assembly Jesse Unruh   When Speaker Unruh uttered his famous phrase in 1966, money lubricated the American political system to a much lesser degree than it does today. The Centre for Responsive Politics estimates that nearly six billion dollars will be spent in federal elections this year in the United States; this figure represents a significant growth over each election cycle. Huge amounts of corporate money for financing campaigns, campaigning on ...

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