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Amnesty International States Michigan Law Violates International Labor Laws

March 17, 2011

The recent radical piece of legislation that PASSED in Michigan is a travesty — and it seems against the International Labor laws!

Washington Independent reports:

Legislation that limits the right of workers to bargain collectively violates international law, the human rights group Amnesty International said today.

Under international law, all workers have a human right to organize and to bargain collectively.

These rights are an essential foundation to the realization of other rights, and are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, as well as conventions adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

As a state party to the ICCPR and a signatory to the ICESCR, the USA has an obligation to respect the human rights under these instruments and treaties.

As a member of the ILO, the USA also has a commitment, through the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, to respect, promote and realize the fundamental rights set out in the organization’s core conventions.

Moves to limit such rights in the USA are also at odds with commitments made under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) as well as numerous subsequent trade agreements negotiated and ratified over the last 15 years.

The Emergency Manager bill signed into law yesterday allows for the suspension of collective bargaining in financially troubled towns and school districts.

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