Global rights at work: key to ending poverty

Labour rights article written on the 02 Dec 2010

Photo: Akshay Mahajan/OxfamAUS

Supporting labour rights is— fundamentally—about supporting an end to global poverty.

In the words of labour rights activist Piergiorgio Moro, “[o]ne of the most effective actions that could be taken to alleviate poverty for hundreds of millions of people would be the introduction of a living wage in each country, with an associated increase in Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) standards.”

The Global Rights at Work Project raises awareness around the importance of decent work conditions in combating poverty. The project focuses on the importance of education and skills building to help secure better working conditions.

These conditions include:
• Access to a living wage
• No forced labour, including child labour
• Safe work conditions
• Freedom from discrimination
• The right to join a union and organise

To find out more about the project, and why labour rights are intergral to achieving the Millenium Development Goals, check out the below links.

Visit Global Rights at Work website

Watch Rights at Work Film

Check out the new film, Fighting Global Poverty: The Millenium Development Goals and Global Rights at Work. You can also order your own DVD copy of the film with the Global Rights at Work website.

Join Oxfam Australia’s Labour Rights Campaign

Ask major brands to take greater responsibility for the welfare and rights of workers making their products.