Women, men and children are still too often being exploited at work. This must change because decent work is a human right and a crucial factor in fighting poverty. Solidar Suisse wants to strengthen this right and thus contribute to a fair globalisation of the economy.

WHAT IS DECENT WORK?

Article 23 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights defines the right to work:

  • Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  • Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  • Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

DECENT WORK AGENDA

The International Labor Organisation's (ILO) Decent Work Agenda sets forth requirements so that people can work with suitable conditions and for decent wages.

Decent Work includes:

  • decent wages
  • workplace safety and social insurance for worker's and their families
  • the possibility to form workers' unions
  • participation and cooperation in the further development of the working environment
  • equal opportunity and equal treatment

In order to ensure fair working conditions in emerging and developing countries Swiss companies and the public domain must respect human rights in the context of their foreign activities. Solidar Switzerland's Projects and Campaigns contribute towards fair work so that people can determine their own lives and live in dignity.

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Background

Global Manufacturing – global labour disputes

With a new strategic focus in Asia, Solidar Suisse wants to push workers' rights and encourage responsible action by corporations.