Protecting Workers Rights: What You Should Know

Work is an essential part of our lives with it supporting our livelihood on a day to day basis. However due to a number of different factors, a huge number of individuals in the present are forced to get a job that does not fit their profession or skill. This in turn makes them prone to abuse in the workplace. Let us look at the rights of workers & the essential part that worker’s compensation plays in protecting the worker.

Protecting Workers Rights: What You Should Know

Australia has their reinforced laws with regards to their workers. On January 1, 2010, the National Employment Standards (NES) was implemented which takes place of the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standards. The work conditions, worker benefits as well as workers compensation is what this law regulates and what employers today must follow. This includes providing workers entitlements to leave and public holiday pay, flexible working arrangements, hours of work, termination and redundancy pay and many more. Workers feel a great amount of relief with this law at their side allowing them to perform at their best having little to no worries of their rights getting abused.

This however, is a completely different story when talking about migrant workers. Reports have shown the systemic exploitation of migrant workers in Australia particularly with first time, Korean students and workers. These individuals were lured to Australia with promises of sun and fun, good, well-paying jobs, a chance to study or a working holiday. In many cases, workers have no contract, and no idea for whom they are ultimately working. In others, workers have their passports seized so they cannot leave. The Australian government’s fair work ombudsman however has made the necessary actions of sanctioning at least 24 Korean businesses mainly in New South Wales.

There have also been some changes made with the rights of the workers to cater to the ever changing technology of the workplace. For instance, the French workers won legal right to avoid checking work email out-of-hours. French companies will be required to guarantee their employees a “right to disconnect” from technology. They believe that burnout, sleeplessness as well as relationship problems is a result of overusing of digital devices particularly with regards to their work email.

Those who don’t follow worker rights may get the punishment they deserve not only in the government but also with other popular brands. A sugar giant, Wilmar International was slammed over Indonesian workers’ rights abuses. Multinational brands including Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg’s and Nestle committed to end exploitation in the industry, and a use a label to indicate to consumers that palm oil has been ethically produced.

In some cases, online users and customers themselves are the ones taking the action passing judgement to the company. A good example of this is with the a poor workers’ rights rating tearing apart Gorman clothing brand’s fans. Some fans the popular brand have been continuously posting about how let down they feel by the brand and vowing to shop elsewhere.

Worker’s right can be abused regardless of the company you are working with. For instance, an investigation found that a McDonald’s staff was underpaid at least $50m a year. If you feel like your rights as an employee is abused, don’t hesitate to get in touch with lawyers and discuss with them the issues that you are facing today.


Unfortunately, worker’s rights is a global concern