ITUC denounces record level of labor rights violations

Violations of workers' rights reached "record" levels between April 2021 and March 2022, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) warns in a report published yesterday.

In 50 of the 148 countries covered by the ninth edition of the "Global Rights Index", workers were subjected to physical violence. In 2021 it was 45 countries.

The report also notes the murder of trade unionists in 13 countries, including South Africa, Italy, and India.

Europe is not immune to such abuses, recorded in 26% of the continent's countries (up from 12% previously).

"Workers are on the front lines of a series of extraordinary crises: historic levels of inequality, climate emergency, pandemic ... and conflicts with devastating effects," lists ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

With this, "the main indicators of violation of these rights have reached record levels," he laments.

Among companies, CSI targets in particular the giants Coca-Cola in Hong Kong and Uruguay, H&M in New Zealand, Amazon in Poland, Nestle in Brazil or Hyundai in South Korea.

With 87% of the countries covered in the report having violated the right to strike and 77% of the states having deprived workers of their right to form or join a union, violations were recorded in all four corners of the globe.

Sanctioned with an average score of 4.53, the Mena region (Middle East and North Africa) remains in 2022 the "worst" in the world for workers' rights, according to the six-level CSI list.

However, as a way to change the scenario, the International Organization of Employers, cited by AFP, recommends governments to comply with International Labor Organization conventions.

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