ICCPR Shadow Report: Excluded Workers

United States’ Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Freedom of Association and the Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination 

According to Article 22 of the ICCPR, “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of association with others....” There is no exemption permitted for any person based on the type of job they perform. The exclusion under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of public-sector workers, agricultural and domestic workers, and independent contractors has a direct negative impact on the overall working conditions for low-wage workers and workers’ rights to health, safety, and dignity. The U.S. response fails to answer why certain classes of workers are excluded and what steps are being taken to ensure the right to freedom of association is available to excluded workers.

 

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United Workers Congress & Coalition
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ICCPR, Shadow Reports, workers' rights