Seventy-two years ago today, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family around the world. The declaration serves as a foundation for freedom, justice and peace, yet the pandemic has highlighted the devastating impacts of the failure to protect human rights and deep-rooted inequalities.
Today, CUPE Saskatchewan reaffirms its commitment to stand in international solidarity with fellow workers and their unions for global justice that protects and advances human rights – including the fundamental right to join a union without fear and to collectively bargain, to bring an end to systemic and deep-rooted inequalities, and to organize and demand a better, more just recovery from the pandemic.
Participation and Solidarity: Take Action!
- Participate in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights: www.writeathon.ca
- Support CUPE member Cihan Erdal currently detained in Turkey for standing up for LGBTQ rights.
- Read more: Solidarity will help bring Cihan Erdal home.
- Demand the Government of Canada hold resource extraction corporations accountable for human rights violations in countries such as the Philippines.
Human Rights are Labour Rights
Did you know Articles 23 and 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides protection of Labour Rights?
Article 23 states:
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 (themselves) and (their) 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 (their) interests.
Article 24 states:
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Published by the Division Office / NM cope 342