On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 23 pertains specifically to work:
- (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
- (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
- (3) 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.
- (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
We have made a lot of progress over the past 61 years, but these statements remain largely aspirational for millions of workers, both in the U.S. and globally. Let us continue to work toward making them a reality.
Link to full text of the Universal Declaration: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
Last year, Phil Tajitsu Nash wrote a piece for Asian Week magazine, commending our work on workplace bullying as an affirmation of the mission of the Universal Declaration: http://www.asianweek.com/2008/12/10/human-rights-at-60/