Human rights and the labour rights movement

By Right Now Radio

Keelia Fitzpatrick looks at the proposition that human rights and labour rights movements run on parallel tracks. Despite being enshrined in the International Labour Organisation’s ‘Fundamental Declaration on Principles and Rights at Work’, labour rights are often treated differently to those regarded as universal human rights. Our guest is Lisa Heap, Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Employment Rights, who discusses the opportunities for collaboration between Australian trade unions and human rights organisations.

Download the podcast here (34.25min/16MB).

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