The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) and the Public Services International (PSI) issue a joint Trade Union Statement to the OECD Public Governance Ministerial in Helsinki on 28 October 2015.
The Ministerial sets out to help strengthen public governance institutions and rules to effectively achieve “inclusive growth” (http://www.oecd.org/governance/ministerial/). In devising a people-centred approach to public governance of inclusive growth, the trade union statement encourages OECD Ministers to consider the following priorities:
- Empowering citizens through collective representations in their local communities, in the workplace, in the public sphere, and across society from the most vulnerable groups to the middle-class. The foundation of a public governance approach to inclusive growth is the existence of a vibrant and independent civil society that can speak on behalf of citizens;
- Ensuring transparent and accountable policy processes within government, with parliamentary bodies and commit to the high public integrity standards, including better whistle-blower protections within public administrations;
- Promoting social dialogue between trade unions and employer organisations and ensuring a respectful treatment of public sector employees by listening to their concerns and ensuring they are safe and confident about their future; and
- Ensuring the delivery of essential public services to all citizens to enhance their well-being and provide safeguards in times of economic downturns. The road toward inclusive governance and growth begins with ensuring sustainable funding of public services and public administration, which in turn calls upon the private sector to pay its fair share of taxes.