CNVI Trade Union Freedom Guide

By | Guide, Social dialogue

The right to organise in trade unions is a fundamental labour and human right. Unfortunately, in many countries, workers attempt many barriers to organizing.

It is not difficult to establish a trade union in the Netherlands. The Dutch constitution recognizes the right to association and assembly since 1848. It is Article 9 of the current constitution. In addition, in the Netherlands there are no rules that hinder the establishment of a trade union, or the execution of trade union activities. Unfortunately, in many other countries it is much harder to establish a trade union or perform union-related activities. Establishing independent trade unions, for example, in such countries is not allowed, or the initiators are unable to register themselves. There are a great many reasons for this, from political to cultural, and everything in between.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By | Social dialogue

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.   To see the original document, click here.