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  • Writer's pictureBrian AJ Newman LLB

Human Rights in Australian Workplaces

Despite the advancements in human rights legislation, the issue of workplace human rights violations remains persistent in Australia and requires a comprehensive approach to ensure that all employees are treated with dignity, respect, and equality in the workplace.

Human rights in the workplace refer to the principles of fairness, equality, and non-discrimination that every employee is entitled to, regardless of their gender, race, age, religion, or any other personal characteristic.

"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Labour Organization’s conventions provide the basis for the protection of human rights in the workplace."

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In Australia, the Fair Work Act 2009, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 are some of the laws that aim to protect the rights of employees in the workplace.

Despite these laws, incidents of human rights violations in the workplace continue to be reported, such as sexual harassment, discrimination based on race, gender, or age, and unequal pay.

To effectively address this issue, a comprehensive approach is required, which includes strengthening the legal framework, raising awareness of human rights in the workplace, and encouraging employers to adopt policies and procedures that promote and protect human rights.

The government, employers, employees, and civil society organizations must work together to create a culture of respect and equality in the workplace, where all employees are treated with dignity and respect.

In conclusion, the issue of human rights in the workplace is of great concern in Australia and requires immediate attention. A comprehensive approach, which involves the collaboration of all stakeholders, is necessary to ensure that all employees are protected from human rights violations and that the principles of fairness, equality, and non-discrimination are upheld in the workplace.

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