| 28-04-2017

The right to decent conditions

On the occasion of Workers’ Day, the next issue looks into the gaps across the formal and informal sectors that prevent millions of female and male workers from enjoying basic rights and protections.

Workers are not a homogenous group: they can be employed either in formal or informal sectors, may receive remuneration or no pay, and can be rural or urban. Despite the existence of legally-binding international human rights and labor standards, workers in the informal economy are often not recognized by national labor legislations and thus remain unprotected. This prevents them from enjoying the rights and protections which may be enjoyed by other categories of workers. 

Even in situations of formal employment, workers are denied their basic needs, including food, drinking water, shelter, and health services, and suffer from violations of their maternity protection rights and discrimination vis-à-vis wages and choice of work. In reality, international standards are not always duly implemented, nor is the justice system undoubtedly on the side of workers. 

The right to food and nutrition of workers cannot be fully realized if their rights and protections are not guaranteed. How do you secure access to nutritious food without adequate wages, otherwise?

Read:     Workers. The Right to Decent Conditions