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).


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.