The traditional tools for asserting workers' rights –trade unions, strikes and collective bargaining– have been significantly weakened over the last decade while the Covid-19 pandemic has also greatly impacted the most vulnerable. The UNSR has expressed his concern on reports of workers fired for speaking up for the need of enhanced protection and safety at their workplaces.
Prioritizing workers’ assembly and association rights in future strategies will help them gain access to fair wages, safer working conditions and a collective voice, all while addressing some of the root causes of democratic erosion and rising inequality.
Chair: Karen Curtis, International Labor Organization
Moderator: Jeffrey Vogt, Solidarity Center
Clément N. Voule, UNSR on the rights to Peaceful Assembly and Association
Peter Gift Mutasa, Zimbabwe Confederation of Trade Unions
Lakmali Hemachandra, Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers’ Union