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Workers without rights as citizens at the margins

Mantouvalou, V; (2013) Workers without rights as citizens at the margins. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy , 16 (3) 366 - 382. 10.1080/13698230.2013.795709. Green open access

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This article presents a normative account of citizenship which requires respect for labour rights, as much as it requires respect for other human rights. The exclusion of certain categories of workers, such as domestic workers, from these rights is wrong. This article presents domestic workers as marginal citizens who are unfairly deprived of certain labour rights in national legal orders. It also shows that international human rights law counteracts the marginal legal status of this group of workers. By being attached to everyone simply by virtue of being human, irrespective of nationality, human rights can complement citizenship rights when both are viewed as normative standards. The example of domestic work as it has been approached in international human rights law in recent years shows that certain rights of workers are universal. Their enjoyment cannot depend on citizenship as legal status or on regular residency. The enjoyment of labour rights as human rights depends, and should only depend, on the status of someone as a human being who is also a worker. © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Workers without rights as citizens at the margins
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2013.795709
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2013.795709
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1370818
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