TUC President Lesley Mercer – Employment Relations Director at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – attended a French trade union conference in Toulouse earlier this week. The talk was all about inequality, the damage it does, and what can be done about it.
The ILO has joined the growing list of global organisations expressing concern about the impact of income inequality. Two months ago, the head of the IMF described excessive income inequality as “corrosive” to both growth and society.
I represented the TUC this week at an international conference hosted by the French union confederation CGT to coincide with their 50th congress. Delegates from a range of countries, as well as representatives from the ILO and OECD, supported the view that income inequality must be given more attention. A range of possible ways of achieving great equality were discussed at the conference. None of these could be described as new, but they are still worthy of reiteration.