Synthesis

Summary

(For the full text of the charter see www.globalsocialprotectioncharter.eu)

 

The Charter recalls the international instruments for promoting human rights, several UN Declarations and the ILO Constitution stating that peace is not possible without social justice.

The Charter considers social protection as a condition for social citizenship, intrinsically linked to a social process of structural solidarity.

The Charter considers that social protection goes beyond poverty reduction and is aimed at eradicating and preventing poverty as well at reducing inequalities. It consists of social security, social assistance, labour rights and social services. It is a primary responsibility of States and has to come about in a participatory and democratic way.

The Charter deplores the current economic and social crisis as well as the negative consequences for existing social protection systems of neoliberal and conservative policies.

Principles:

  1. Social protection should be rights- and solidarity-based, embedded in legislation.

 

  1. Social protection should be organised on a non-profit basis.

 

  1. Social protection should be sustainably funded through contributions, taxes and/or international solidarity.

 

  1. Social protection systems should be universal, for all residents.

 

  1. Social protection mechanisms should minimally respect ILO Convention 102 of 1952.

 

  1. Social protection mechanisms should also consist of a series of social services.

 

  1. States should adopt the decent work programme of the ILO and the core labour standards.

 

  1. States should adopt living minimum wages.

 

  1. States should adopt adequate social assistance measures.

 

  1. States should eliminate the gender gap.

 

  1. States should ensure non-contributory pensions for people who are not on the labour market.

 

  1. States should eliminate all forms of discrimination.

 

  1. States should take the necessary measures to avoid social dumping, reduce informality and precariousness.

 

  1. States should take the necessary measures as to guarantee everyone’s livelihood.

 

  1. States should provide social protection during humanitarian crises and assist refugees and migrants.

 

  1. States have to involve representative social partners in the development of their social protection mechanisms.

 

  1. In order to promote citizen’s participation, political education and training are needed.

 

  1. States should organize the financing of social protection in such a way that all income categories contribute in an equitable way.

 

  1. In their international trade, investment and other agreements, States should include binding social and tax rules.

 

  1. Social protection should lead to social and economic transformation, fair and sustainable societies, preserving human and natural life.