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  • Writer's pictureBrian AJ Newman LLB

International Labour Organization - Equality and discrimination

Hundreds of millions of people suffer from discrimination in the world of work.

This not only violates a most basic human right but has wider social and economic consequences.

Discrimination stifles opportunities, wastes the human talent needed for economic progress, and accentuates social tensions and inequalities.

"Combating discrimination is an essential part of promoting decent work,

and success on this front is felt well beyond the workplace."

Issues linked to discrimination are present throughout the International Labour Organization's (ILO) sphere of work. By bolstering freedom of association, for example, the ILO seeks to prevent discrimination against trade union members and officials.

Programmes to fight forced labour and child labour include helping girls and women trapped in prostitution or coercive domestic labour.

Non-discrimination is a main principle in the ILO’s code of practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work. ILO guidelines on labour law include provisions on discrimination, and in countries such as Namibia and South Africa, the ILO has provided advice on legislative change in this area.

"The conventions passed and adopted by the ILO underpin the work we do in all of BAJN Co. and 1800ADVOCATES business divisions"

Discrimination in Australian workplaces is real and is prevalent in private and public sectors.

The work we do within the 1800ADVOCATES network is important and helps improve the working lives for everyday Australian workers just wanting a fair go. The efforts of employers and large corporations to change unlawful and discriminatory practices are having an impact.

However, the mission to address and defeat workplace discrimination in all of its forms is not yet complete and our Advocacy International - is a leader in the advocacy for change at the individual representation level most importantly, providing workers with the best of opportunities to address the discrimination and unfair treatment they might experience in an efficient and effective way. Do you have what it takes to become a Workplace and Human Rights Advocate? Call 1800ADVOCATES (1800 238 622) or email Blog post by Brian AJ Newman LLB and sourced materials ** from

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