World Decent Work Day

October 7 is the World Day for Decent Work. During this day trade unions and other workers organisations carry out actions such as demonstrations, and seminars to promote and demand decent jobs and full respect for workers’ rights. The International Labour Organisation has developed an agenda for decent work that prioritises fair and sustainable working opportunities. It has four reinforcing elements:

• Access to productive employment and income opportunities;

• Rights at work, particularly with respect to the core labour standards;

• Systems of social protection; and

• A voice at work through social dialogue.

The Decent Work Agenda is an approach that emphasizes employment that is accompanied by rights, representation and protection.

Given the impact of the current economic crisis on low paid workers, including migrants, it is vital that decent jobs become a governmental policy objective and the reality for migrant and all workers in their employment.