Right to work

The right to work is not an unconditional right to a job, but an obligation on states to take measures designed to eliminate unemployment.

Everyone has the right to just and favourable conditions of work, including remuneration that is reasonable and sufficient to provide families with an existence worthy of human dignity, and to equal pay for equal work. In addition, everyone should have secure and healthy working conditions and opportunities for promotion. The right to form and join trade unions is of decisive importance for the right to work.

According to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone also has the right, without any discrimination, to equal pay for equal work, which is also stated in Article 11 of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In addition, the right to work is protected by the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the European Social Charter and by the first chapter of the Instrument of Government.