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International Human Rights Day Statement

10 December 2019

TSSA warns today on International Human Rights Day, "don't give away your rights by voting Tory".

Manuel Cortes, TSSA Leader, said "Human rights are fundamental to a civilised society that respects and protects its citizens and they are at the heart of what trade unions stands for. 

"It would be a travesty if this year, just two days after International Human Rights Day, our country was to return a Conservative Government bent on destroying our rights. 

“The Tories’ manifesto offers a wholesale slash and burn on our human rights. Voter ID which has been proven in trials to reduce turnout amongst those entitled to vote. “Updating” the Human Rights Act and the constitution itself to reduce parliamentary power and concentrate it in the hands of government. Restrictions on trade unions’ right to strike weakening workers’ best defence against exploitation. It is clear that Johnson and his “nasty party” are determined to restrict our rights in work and in civic society.

Today, we demonstrate solidarity to those who are having their most basic human rights denied across the world and we reaffirm our commitment to improving the rights of our members at work. Rights, that are built upon the foundation as outlined in Article 23 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

"Labour is the only party offers a commitment to protect and extend our rights in the workplace. The only party promises to put human rights at the heart of our international policies. The message to voters this Thursday is clear. Protect your Human Rights – vote Labour!

Notes to Editors
Article 23 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights states:
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests


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