Today’s globalisation is not providing the resources needed for living and working conditions to improve for the mass of the world’s people. Rather, governments are all too often undermining workers’ rights and conditions so that business can minimise its labour costs. Yet all workers have rights, as has been repeatedly agreed by the same governments over the past half a century. Four decades after signing the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, governments at the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995 again committed themselves to:
‘safeguarding and promoting respect for basic workers’ rights, including the right to organise and bargain collectively; the prohibition of forced and child labour; equal remuneration for men and women for work of equal value, and non-discrimination in employment.’
International Labour Organization
The body of the United Nations which oversees labour issues
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