- Freedom of Association
Freedom of Association
The right to freedom of association is the right to form or join a group to take collective action and achieve common goals. The right to organize and form employers’ and workers’ organizations is a prerequisite for collective bargaining and healthy social dialogue.
- However, challenges remain in applying these principles: in some countries, specific categories of workers (e.g., civil servants, seafarers, workers in export processing zones) are denied the right to organize, workers’ and employers’ organizations are illegally suspended or interfered with, and in some extreme cases of union members being arrested or killed.
We draw on ILO standards, namely concerning the work of the Committee on Freedom of Association and other oversight mechanisms, paving the way for resolving these difficulties and ensuring that these fundamental human rights are respected worldwide.