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What is meant by “Decent Work?”

This is a term I have referred to in the past and I am often asked what it means, so here is an explanation.  The ILO refer to decent work in the following way;

“Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.”

Productive employment and decent work are key elements to achieving ILO goals of fair globalisation and poverty reduction.

The UN General Assembly in 2015 created a Decent Work Agenda with four pillars that became integral elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  1. Employment Creation
  2. Social protection
  3. Rights at work
  4. Social dialogue

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs].  Goal 8 addresses the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work.  Decent work is also referenced as a key component in other SDGs