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A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
¤ New Economics Foundation ¤ 14 January 2013
Pay matters. How much you earn can determine your lifestyle, where you can afford to live, and your aspirations and status. But to what extent does what we get paid confer ‘worth’? Beyond a narrow notion of productivity, what impact does our work have on the rest of society, and do the financial rewards we receive correspond to this? Do those that get more contribute more to society? With controversial bonuses being paid out in Christmas in bailed-out banks, the authors believe that it is (...) read more

Extreme Poverty and World Governance
¤ Hugues de Courtivron, Thierry Viard, Xavier Godinot ¤ 2 May 2011
The proposals outlined in this Paper have twin aims. On the one hand, to place the eradication of extreme poverty at the heart of the political goals pursued by a renewed world governance. On the other hand, to recognize the participation of the poorest members of humanity in elaborating new principles or shaping future world governance as an essential condition in the success of the enterprise. The Paper is based primarily on Xavier Godinot’s observations and proposals in his book (...) read more

A Global Pension Plan
¤ Robin Blackburn ¤ October 2007
The universal, publicly financed old-age pension has been a popular and effective means for reducing poverty and extending social citizenship in all developed states. In the age of globalization it is right that this reliable and tested device for protecting the livelihood of the elderly should be installed at a planetary level, by means of a Global Pension paid at a modest rate to every older person, to be financed by a very modest tax on global financial transactions and corporate wealth. (...) read more

Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
¤ Gerry Rodgers ¤ September 2007
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has drawn up a new concept: decent work for all. Decent work has four dimensions: the nature of the work and employment in question; the ability to exercise employment rights; safety; and the capacity for employer representation and dialogue. The concept of “work” aims to reach beyond that of a mere paid job position, to cover all occupational diversity from freelance work to the domestic work carried out by a housewife without receiving payment (...) read more

Organizing Globally
¤ Stuart Howard ¤ August 2006
The theme of the 41st International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Congress held in Durban, South Africa in 2006, August, has been Organizing Globally: Fighting for Our Rights. "Is this just a catchy slogan?" asks Stuart Howard, "or does it represent an agenda to build a powerful global unionism?" As globalisation touches more workplaces in more countries, it is no longer possible to have an effective union organizing strategy in most industries without a global dimension. However, (...) read more

Basic Food Income: Option or Obligation?
¤ Rolf Künnemann ¤ January 2005
Basic food income is a universal payment by the state unconditionally to each member of society with an amount sufficient to cover elementary food needs. It is not a level of income but a state program, by definition. Minimum income describes a certain level of income, but may not be sufficient to provide access to food. Basic food income is an innovative idea. State programs can introduce "smart forms" of targeting. Indeed, how should the human right to food be guaranteed to households (...) read more

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