Freedom of Association and Development
ILO - International Labour Organization 2011
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“…..Freedom of association is a cornerstone of the ILO’s approach to development through decent work; namely, ensuring that all men and women have the ability to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.
In the ILO’s 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation, freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining were described as important pre-conditions for the attainment of decent work, which is now recognised as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG1), the international community’s blueprint for development.
Freedom of association refers to the right of workers and employers to create and join organisations of their choice freely and without fear of reprisal or interference. This includes the right to establish and affiliate to confederations and international organisations.
Linked to freedom of association is the right to collective bargaining, which allows workers to negotiate their working conditions freely with their employers. These rights are universal and apply irrespective of race, creed, religion, gender, occupation, nationality or political opinion. They apply to all workers and employers, including those in the informal economy who don’t usually have formal contracts of employment…..”
“…The final section of the publication considers how important stakeholders, including governments, trade unions, employers’organisations and international development actors, can promote respect for freedom of association and ensure that it results in fuller economic and social development….”
What is freedom of association?
Why is freedom of association important for development?
What are the challenges?
What does this guide aim to contribute?
2. Inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction
Employment and labour market development
Fairer income distribution
Addressing inequality and social disadvantage
Listening to labour and business in the informal economy
Organising Informal Traders in
Organising workers in the informal economy in rural
3. A positive business environment
Freedom of association and economic competitiveness
Better dispute resolution and reduced conflict
Skills development and training
Health and safety
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4. Cooperation in times of crisis in times of crisis
National crisis measures
Crisis response in
5. Strengthening democracy and governance
Strengthening public participation in policy processes
Participation in national development programming
Contributing to democratic transition
Building support for democracy at every level
Democratic transition in
6. Challenges and opportunities: the role of governments, trade unions and employers
Workers’ and employers’ organisations
International development actors
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