Denying decent conditions of work Infringing dignity of work
Article 26 of the European Social Charter (Revised) (Strasbourg 1996) provides: With a view to ensuring the effective exercise of the right of all workers to protection of their dignity at work, the Parties undertake, in consultation with employers' and workers' organisations: 1) to promote awareness, information and prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace or in relation to work and to take all appropriate measures to protect workers from such conduct; 2) to promote awareness, information and prevention of recurrent reprehensible or distinctly negative and offensive actions directed against individual workers in the workplace or in relation to work and to take all appropriate measures to protect workers from such conduct.
Work is not dignifying if it involves exploitation or discrimination, or if a person's individuality, endeavours and commitment are not given due recognition. Working conditions, including hours, must be humane and all work properly remunerated; working practices must be ethical and promote respectful relationships and social and environmental responsibility. Education and training can help prepare people for working life. The work itself should be varied and worthwhile and allow workers control over the use of their time and intellect. Ultimately, however, work will never be dignified until the dignity of the worker is recognized.
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