There have been some fifty labour initiatives at the European Social Forum held in Malmö, Sweden last month, estimates Peter Waterman in a paper on the meeting. Only a minority of these initiatives were organised solely by unions. However, union confederation LO presented itself through a full-back-page advertisement in the programme and by handing out red water bottles bearing the slogan ‘Solidarity Works!’
Waterman himself used the ESF to argue for a Global Labour Charter Movement. He proposes a grassroots initiative to develop a charter that might include issues such as global labour rights, a global basic income and a re-invention of Mayday as a global labour and social movements solidarity day.