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Mantouvalou, Virginia; (2024) Labor Rights. In: Langford, Malcolm and Young, Katharine G, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Social Rights. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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What is the role of labor rights in human rights law? This chapter considers this question. It addresses the normative grounding of labor rights and their legal protection through human rights law, but also examines objections to pursuing workers’ claims through this avenue. It proposes that human rights law is compatible with collective goals promoted by trade unions and other workers’ organizations and further explains that it can be particularly important for precarious workers who are under-unionized and underrepresented in politics. Workers, trade unions, and other organizations need to pursue several different avenues to achieve justice at work. The legal protection of labor rights as human rights by national and international bodies, and their vindication by workers, trade unions, and other civil society organizations, can help address injustices that affect everyone, and particularly some of the most disadvantaged groups.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Labor Rights
ISBN-13: 9780197550021
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197550021.001.0001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197550021.001...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author-accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: labour rights, human rights, workers’ rights, trade unions, precarious work, exploitation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179651
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