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ITUC, IndustriALL, CCC and UNI submission to UN Working group on Business and Human Rights
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:52

2012-11-22  ITUC-IndustriALL-CCC-UNI paper on Due Diligence and FoA

 

On November 23d 2012, the International Trade Union Confederation, IndustriALL Global Union, the Clean Clothes Campaign and UNI Global Union, submitted the attached paper called “The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively” to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

The right to join or form a trade union and the right to bargain collectively are established human rights falling within the scope of almost every business enterprise in almost every situation or context. Yet the corporate responsibility to respect these human rights is too often not being met, with the result that millions of workers the world over are denied their rights.

As global unions and worker rights organizations, we are providing this paper as a contribution to the better understanding of what it means for business enterprises to exercise due diligence in relation to the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively.

This paper sets out what it means for a business enterprise to respect the rights of workers to join or form a trade union and the right to bargain collectively:

 

  • Do nothing that would have the effect of discouraging workers from exercising their right to form or join a trade union
  • Not seek to avoid any genuine opportunity to bargain collectively
  • Exercise due diligence in identifying and preventing anti-union policies and practices as well as mitigating the adverse impacts on the exercise of these rights by other business practices.

Respect for the human rights of workers is fundamental to the human rights and business debate. With this paper, we reaffirm the centrality of industrial relations to both the exercise of due diligence and the remediation of adverse human rights impacts within the framework of the UN Guiding Principles.

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