When we talk about informing and training on rights, what rights are we talking about?
We are talking about training workers especially their labour rights. Those rights that the International Labour Organization (ILO) recognizes as fundamental rights:
– Equal treatment and non-discrimination,
– Freedom of association and collective bargaining,
– Protection against forced labour and
– Protection against child labour.
But also other rights related to:
– Working hours,
– Salaries and benefits
– Health and Safety and
– Harassment and abuse.
We speak mainly of the rights contained in legislation, collective agreements, company’s codes of conduct, internal rules and regulations of the company, individual labour contracts and international instruments.
When we inform and train on these rights we cannot forget inform and train on how to exercise them, i.e. the company’s internal conflict management and grievance mechanisms.
But to improve the working environment we also need to train on communication, conflict resolution, leadership, change management, teamwork, and in various skills that are increasingly needed at all levels in the company and not only at the of middle and senior managerial level.