The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to work says there is no doubt that the right of workers to form unions is an essential tool for promoting democracy, human rights and sustainable economic growth.
But it’s not just about that, the United Nations’ top human rights official said in a speech to a conference on Friday.
That’s why he called for “a more rigorous and critical” look at the right for businesses to form labor unions.
“Businesses, and therefore, citizens, as a whole, have an interest in promoting a healthy and productive economy that can support workers and ensure that workers have a voice in their work,” Kofi Annan, who was appointed by the United States in December to lead the UN’s Special Rapporee on labor rights, said in his speech.
“This interest is fundamental to the viability of the global economy, to a sustainable and prosperous global society, and to the rights of workers.”