Canadian Unions Call for a Sustained Final Push to Meet 2015 MDG & HIV Goals
December 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EST
On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2012, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), calls on governments across the globe to mount a final push in the next 1,000 days to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets and achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2015.
Although the global growth of new HIV infections has receded, an estimated 2.5 million people were newly infected last year, 1.7 million more died of HIV-related illnesses and 34 million people continue to live with HIV. Once again, this year's figures underscore the need to step up efforts of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
A coalition of trade unions throughout Africa and Canada succeeded earlier this year in securing the G8's commitment to strive for "an AIDS free generation by 2015," renew support for the Global Fund and recommit to the goals of the Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
The CLC now calls on governments world-wide to share responsibility and deliver promised resources for achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, especially through workplace actions. Canadian unions also stand ready to work with African counterparts and civil society partners to lobby governments to meet the Abuja Declaration target by dedicating 15 percent of their annual budgets to the health sector.
The CAW joins Canadian unions in a call for a concerted effort to carry out national implementation plans for ILO "Recommendation 200 concerning HIV and AIDS and the world of work." They say the Canadian Government could set an example by implementing its own report on R200 here on Canadian soil and promote a zero-tolerance policy on HIV-related stigma and discrimination in all workplaces.
The CAW's booklet 'HIV/AIDS: A Worker's Issue, a Union Issue' offers information on the face of HIV/AIDS in Canada, prevention and transmission , model collective agreement language and a wealth of other data. For more information or to download the new booklet or poster, please visit: www.caw.ca/humanrights.