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[PDF] The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively

Author: Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC CSI IGB), IndustriALL Global Union, Clean Clothes Campaign, UNI Global Union, Published on: 22 November 2012

The right to join or form a trade union and the right to bargain collectively are established human rights falling within the scope of almost every business enterprise in almost every situation or context...Business responsibility with respect to these human rights must be informed by four considerations: 1) the distinction between the state duty and the responsibility of business enterprises; 2) the ability of business enterprises to avoid the legal obligations of the employer; 3) the special role of fear in denying or “chilling” the exercise of these rights; and 4) the duty imposed on business enterprises by the right of workers to bargain collectively. [refers to Adidas, Nike, Puma, Pentland, New Balance, Asics, Russell Athletic (part of Berkshire Hathaway), Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile Ltée, GDF Suez]

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Related companies: adidas Asics Berkshire Hathaway Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile (CMT) GDF Suez (now Engie) New Balance Nike Puma Russell (part of Berkshire Hathaway)