Human rights approach to work rights
“The right to an adequate standard of living and the right to form and join a trade union are among work rights guaranteed as human rights in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said today on International Human Rights Day.
“The right to join with other workers and bargain collectively with employers is a human right guaranteed by international law. A challenge to that right is not only a challenge to our law but to basic international human rights.”
“Yet this right is challenged, most notably in the recent past by the Progressive Enterprises and Spotless Services lockouts of low paid workers in supermarket supply chains and hospitals.”
“Unions are by definition collective organisations, and have a strong interest in building an understanding of the collective nature of human rights. At the workplace level many union delegates and members are champions of human rights, through challenging discrimination and promoting inclusive work practises.”
“We will continue to promote and protect work rights, and advocate a rights based approach to employment. Recently this has included campaigning against the removal of unfair dismissal laws in the first 90 days, and mobilising for gains in flexible working and ending youth rates discrimination,” Carol Beaumont said.