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Equality in the workplace for inclusive societies and stronger democracies

On the occasion of today’s International Women’s Day, the General Workers’ Union
joins the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as a partner union to
promote the message that the key to stronger democracies and inclusive societies
lies in promoting equality in the workplace.

Women often face various inequalities, including in workplace participation, the
persistent gender pay gap and harassment in the workplace.

In addition, some of the populist movements and authorities continue to undermine
decades of progress in women’s equality, including participation in the workplace,
economic and political participation and access to education.

ITUC General Secretary Luc Triangle said: “The path to a truly inclusive, just and
democratic society lies in continuing to work and strive for equality in the workplace.
Our call for a New Social Contract aims to create the conditions in which every
woman can succeed with dignity and free from discrimination and violence.
On this International Women’s Day, we recommit to this vision and recommend
transformative policies that positively impact all workers.”

GWU General Secretary Josef Bugeja emphasised that: “The GWU has always
worked towards these principles and emphasised them through collective
agreements and social dialogue. Not only is there a significant number of female
workers in the organisation itself, but the administration has always promoted the
inclusion of female secretaries in the sections of this union, which is essential for
building an inclusive, feminist and egalitarian trade union movement. We currently
have two women in the leadership of two sections and an assistant secretary of one
section, but we would like to see more women in senior positions.”