March 11, 2017

Fundamental Right To Strike Must Be Preserved: UN


The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association said that the "fundamental right to strike must be preserved."

A Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or country situation.

Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai's remarks were in response to a Human Rights Council event about freedoms of association and assembly in a workplace in addition to an important meeting of the International Labor Organization (ILO - a United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers, and workers’ representatives of 187 member states to set labor standards, develop policies, and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men).

Kiai further said that the right to strike is an "intrinsic corollary" to freedom of assembly and has a long history as part of international law. “[P]rotecting the right to strike is not simply about states fulfilling their legal obligations. It is also about them creating democratic and equitable societies that are sustainable in the long run. The concentration of power in one sector—whether in the hands of government or business—inevitably leads to the erosion of democracy and an increase in inequalities and marginalization with all their attendant consequences. The right to strike is a check on this concentration of power.”

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