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Safe and Health Work: a Human Right

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dc.contributor.author Oldfield, Yvonne Sidney
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-07T22:57:20Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-02T01:35:51Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-07T22:57:20Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-02T01:35:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/28446
dc.description.abstract Fatal workplace incidents or work related diseases are a major cause of death and disability worldwide, but especially in the developing nations. Although rights to health and safety on the job appear in all major human rights instruments such issues have not consistently been framed as human rights issues and have not attracted the same level of attention as other human rights issues. This paper explores the reasons for this including the theoretical issues that arise in relation to the question whether workers’ rights are human rights. It critiques the ILO’s decision to identify a narrow core of workplace rights (excluding workplace health and safety) in the 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and makes a case for the inclusion of a wider range of workplace rights, including rights to health and safety, to be included in this core. The paper concludes by considering the difficult questions of how such a right might be defined and what the role of the State, as duty holder, might be. It does so with particular reference to New Zealand’s statutory health and safety regime, and concludes that it is consistent with the State obligations set out in the Maastricht Guidelines on economic, social and cultural rights. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Human rights en_NZ
dc.subject Labour law en_NZ
dc.subject ILO en_NZ
dc.subject Workplace health and safety en_NZ
dc.title Safe and Health Work: a Human Right en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 390303 Human Rights en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 390116 Labour Law en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Law en_NZ

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