Work as a Right

Work is a Right, not a Good

Work first became the topic a legal provision through the Versailles Treaty (1919), which established the League of Nations. It was in this context that work was defined as an official right and not as a good.

The main features that define work:

  • Work is not an item for sale, nor a good.
  • Both employers and employees have the right of association in order to pursuit all their legal purposes.
  • Employees are to be paid with a salary that allows them to maintain a reasonable level of life quality, according to their country standards and their worked time.
  • The 8 hour work day and the 48 hour work week must be the purpose to be reached wherever this has not been achieved yet.
  • A weekly rest time of minimum 24 hour should be established; this should include Sunday every time this is possible.
  • Child labor should be eradicated, while imposing the rule of limiting teenagers working time, regardless of sex, in order to allow them to continue their education and physical development.
  • The principle of equal pay, regardless of sex, for work with an equal value should be applied.
  • The norms established by each country for working conditions should ensure the equitable treatment of all the workers who are legal residents.
  • Each state should establish a supervising department, which should comprise women too; this must ensure that provisions concerning workers’ protection are all applied.