Poverty, labour law and human rights: A necessary connection

Lee Swepston, Constance Thomas

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    There is an obvious connection between income generation and emergence from poverty, and the way in which this is promoted must respect human rights. Access to decent work in fair conditions and with just incomes is fundamental to the fight against poverty and social exclusion. These outcomes cannot be achieved without the intervention of adequate law. The rights related to work are developed most fully in international labour standards adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). These standards, on subjects including freedom of association, conditions of work, and protection from forced labour, child labour, and discrimination, are deeply embedded in international human rights. Measures to ensure access, respect and enforcement of these rights for all workers include access to justice, monitoring and supervision mechanisms, and vibrant workers’ organisations. Full application of labour law based on international standards is a necessary tool to ensure workers’ emergence from poverty.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781788977517
    ISBN (Print)9781788977500
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Subject classification (UKÄ)

    • Law


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