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Decent Work for All: A Holistic Human Rights Approach

43 Pages Posted: 23 May 2010 Last revised: 30 Jan 2015

Gillian MacNaughton

University of Massachusetts Boston

Diane F. Frey

San Francisco State University - Labor and Employment Studies

Date Written: May 23, 2010

Abstract

The worldwide dominance of neo-liberal policy over the past three decades has increased economic inequality and insecurity and adversely affected the ability of people everywhere to find decent work. This neo-liberal period has coincided - not coincidently - with the emergence of economic and social rights - including the right to decent work - back into the mainstream human rights agenda. In this context, this article explores the potential of taking a holistic human rights approach to achieving decent work through four strategies: (1) defining decent work holistically, (2) recognizing the interdependence of rights and of people, (3) using human rights tools and methods, such as human rights impact assessment, and (4) building coalitions by linking the right to decent work to other human rights. This approach moves beyond the ILO Decent Work Agenda by reframing decent work in terms of legal obligations under international and domestic human rights law.

Keywords: Decent Work, Poverty, Social Justice, Work Rights, Human Rights

Suggested Citation

MacNaughton, Gillian and Frey, Diane F., Decent Work for All: A Holistic Human Rights Approach (May 23, 2010). American University International Law Review, Vol. 26, p. 441, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1614282

Gillian MacNaughton

University of Massachusetts Boston ( email )

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Diane Frey (Contact Author)

San Francisco State University - Labor and Employment Studies ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94132
United States
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