Strong trade unions have been responsible for many of the worker's rights gained across the world, including the 5 work-free weekend, the 4- hour working week, annual leave, parental leave and minimum wages.
Meaning to love together with, compassion involves allowing oneself to be moved by the suffering of other. It motivates people to go out of their way to alleviate this suffering and is at the core of social justice advocates and movements.
Meaning the love of humanity, philanthropy is now known as a term to define "private initiatives, for the public good, focusing on quality of life". It does so by using social science and humanistic tradition.
Often called May Day, this annual holiday started in 1889 originally supporting working-class demands for an 8-hour work day. Now the day is a celebration of labourers and workers all over the world. Traditionally there have been strikes, huge demonstrations, and demands for better working conditions and pay. Today unions do most of this work, but strong unions, and greater membership is always needed. Modern issues include sweat shops, migrant workers, the pay gap, and the glass ceiling.
Economic inequality is a growing problem that prevails in every country around the world. In the US it has reached a level similar to the one seen in the Great Depression. In 1965 a CEO earned 24 times the average worker income, it went up to 185 times in recent years. Disproportional economic growth and tax evasion creates a gap that increases steadily day by day.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Gone are the personal deductions average people rely on and tax deductions are limited. This Republican tax plan now clearly reveals itself as an instrument to make the wealthy richer, and the middle class poorer. In return the super rich and corporations continue to fund GOP candidates and Trump.
The internationally recognised day to promote and celebrate volunteerism. 2020 has been a year where volunteers have been relied upon more than ever. This year is not only about encouraging others to get out there and support their communities, but also to offer gratitude to those who have selflessly donated their time and energy all around the world. This year is about celebrating the impact volunteering makes, the difficulties they face, and the great need for volunteers during pandemic times.
An estimated 1 million people are homeless worldwide and 1.6 billion people have inadequate housing. Interrelated with poverty, this puts people at risk of being unable to find a steady job and income.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
On 17th May 1990, the WHO removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. Even if queer people can live more openly nowadays and acceptance increases, violence and hostility are still part of the everyday life of many gays and lesbians. In countries such as Iran or Saudi Arabia, there is even the death penalty for homosexuality. Better World Info stands for more tolerance and against homo-, bi-, inter- and transphobia!