The World's Got 99 Problems and Workers' Rights Aren't One of Them: A Discussion with Maina Kiai

  • NYU Stern School of Business Tisch Hall, room 819

Join Maina Kiai, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, to discuss workers' rights around the globe. 

“Our world and its globalized economy are changing at a lightning pace, and it is critical that the tools we use to protect to labour rights adapt just as quickly,” the Special Rapporteur writes in the report. “A first step towards this goal is to obliterate the antiquated and artificial distinction between labour rights and human rights generally. Labour rights are human rights, and the ability to exercise these rights in the workplace is prerequisite for workers to enjoy a broad range of other rights, whether economic, social, cultural, political or otherwise.”

In this new report, the Special Rapporteur examines how and why this has happened, focusing on the most marginalized portions of the world’s labour force, including global supply chain workers, informal workers, migrant workers, domestic workers and others. He finds that although States are obligated under international law to respect and promote workers’ rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, many are dismally failing at this task. Read his previous report, "Comparing States’ Treatment Of Businesses And Associations Worldwide."

 

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