ITUC response to the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Compass

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Charting a Course towards Universal Social Protection: Resilience, Equality and Opportunity for All, aka the Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Compass, published on September 29, sets out the Bank’s stance on how to reform social security systems and comprehensively outlining the priorities for the Bank’s work in this area in the coming years.

Ensuring universal social protection has long been a priority for the ITUC and the international labor movement as a whole. The ITUC shares the aims of the reports to promote greater equity, resilience and opportunity, and agrees with the Bank that the lack of social protection for the majority of the world’s workers in the informal economy is a challenge that is urgently needed. has to be dealt with.

The ITUC also welcomes the fact that the Compass emphasizes the need to improve the adequacy of benefits to ensure adequate livelihoods for workers, as well as the availability and quality of essential services, including care services for children, the elderly and people with disabilities. a handicap.

The ITUC appreciates the Compass’s emphasis on the need to strengthen social protection financing, at national and international levels, and recognizes that the World Bank is one of the largest providers of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for social protection; support that has increased significantly in recent years.

International standards

The ITUC nevertheless has some significant concerns about some of the Compass’s policy messages, as well as the accuracy of the analysis underlying some of the proposals.

In particular, we regret that the view of ‘universal social protection’ put forward by the Bank seems to diverge from international labor standards and internationally agreed views on the concept.

The Bank’s vision of universal social protection seems to prioritize the expansion of targeted, non-contributory social assistance at the expense of social security, especially pensions.

Furthermore, the ITUC is deeply concerned about the role that private funding appears to play in the Compass, as well as the emphasis on voluntary and private schemes, which appear to be seen as an ‘alternative’ rather than a complement to publicly organized social schemes. . safety.

Sharan Burrow, Secretary General of the ITUC, stressed: “Social protection is an internationally recognized human right, and governments have an overarching responsibility to implement that right. They cannot outsource their responsibilities to the private sector. The Bank should support global efforts for universal social protection, so urgently needed for the four billion people who have no support of any kind.”

Moreover, despite the World Bank’s significant contribution to the financing of social protection in developing countries, the Compass does not indicate how the Bank could contribute to the financing and implementation of the UN Global Accelerator for Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions.

The Compass also makes no mention of the potential for a Global Social Protection Fund to mobilize and coordinate international funding for social protection, despite ongoing international discussions about the fund’s creation and broad public support from trade unions, civil society organizations and a number of governments.

A more detailed ITUC assessment of the Compass is published online here.

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