Labour rights are Human rights

June - ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

June 18, 1998
The ILO adopted it's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, reaffirming the commitment of the international community “to respect, to promote and to realize in good faith" the rights of workers and employers to freedom of association and the effective right to collective bargaining, and to work towards the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.  The official position of the Canadian government was that “Canada attaches great importance to the Declaration … as a key instrument for the promotion of the fundamental principles of freedom of association and collective bargaining. … Its implementation will contribute significantly to improving the lives of working people and their families."

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