Workers’ Rights and Labor Law: Key Aspects

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Countries that violate labor laws

Many countries in the world violate workers’ rights. They expose them to poor working conditions, low wages, and long working hours. They also deprive them of access to law protection. Countries, such as Kuwait and Malaysia, are known for violation of human labor laws.

In Kuwait, domestic workers face many challenges in carrying out their daily chores. For instance, a domestic worker in Kuwait faces criminal charges when he or she drops an unpromising job without the consent of the employer. Through its laws, the government of Kuwait mandates employers to look down upon their employees. It also takes part in underrating the rights of immigrant workers by imprisoning them when they try to question the mistreatment they undergo at their workplace (Kumar, 253). In addition, the employers in Kuwait do not only take part in underpaying their employees, but also withhold their salaries. The working conditions in Kuwait are very poor; for example, many employers in that country do not only deprive their employees of adequate food, but also abuse them physically and/or sexually.

Just as Kuwait, Malaysia takes part in depriving workers’ rights. Despite Malaysia enjoys the services of domestic workers from Cambodia, it pays low wages to them (United Nations Publications, 141). In addition to staffing officials using false identity credentials in enrolling young children to play house chores, they also use money and food stuffs to captivate their domestic workers.

The working conditions of domestic workers are very poor in Malaysia. Just as in Kuwait, domestic workers in Malaysia face the lack of adequate food, medical attention, and water. Unfortunately, the government of Cambodia that delegates its citizens to Malaysia seems to neglect its responsibilities. It fails in providing adequate protection to its citizens who are overworked in Malaysia. In addition, the Cambodian government grants its roles to recruitment agencies that misuse human power at their own advantage.

Conducting business with countries that do not respect human rights

Human rights’ issues are the key elements for corporations’ performance in the world. Companies need to show social responsibility regardless of how much they gain from them. The companies need also to harmonize economic growth of an institution with the aim of protecting human rights (Lane, 147). However, conducting business with the countries that overlook human rights tends to be violation of international laws.

Many global movements work together to achieve the goal of involving human rights in business agendas; therefore, it is the responsibility of a business organization to ensure that human rights are implemented in any state, while carrying out their business. Conducting business with the countries that violate human rights and ensuring the human rights observances, a business organization manages to meet its goal of promoting the rule of law. The business entity achieves this by implementing human rights in their organizations, hence enhancing the expounding of the rights of the human workers in the states that do not value human labor laws.

In addition, the people enrolled in the business play a significant role in informing other people on the importance of human rights. Community building is also achieved through carrying business in countries that violate human rights. This is met through avoidance of abuse of human rights by a business organization. It is also crucial for businesspeople to stop carrying out business activities in countries that take part in violation of human rights because the demand for human power in different companies contributes immensely to the employment of people from different countries. Through the business organizations, the retail sellers as well as manufacturers are able to check the global supply chain, hence enhancing the practice of human rights observances.

Through conducting business with the countries that allow human rights violation, the business organizations could enlighten people on the importance of observance of human rights (Scherer and Palazzo, 1100). This is possible through engaging government officials in dialogues concerning labor laws.

Legal and ethical reaction of the business community

The business community has the responsibility of protecting human workers from violations practiced by the employers within their vicinity. For instance, the business community is supposed to take legal actions against employment of young children through observance of the laws and emphasis on the children’s rights. It is also the responsibility of the business community to push for the observance of workers’ rights in a state. They opt to push the government into imposing heavy penalties on people who violate human rights.

The business community has also the responsibility of enlightening employers in the countries practicing abuse of human rights on the essence of observance of human rights. They opt to meet this by involving employers in discussions pertaining provision of labor. In addition, it is also the responsibility of business community to unravel to various staff on the rules regarding workers’ rights. Therefore, the business community has the obligation of holding discussions with both the employers and the employees on issues concerning rights of workers. The business community has also the power of accusing and demanding the observance of human rights by the governments.

Works Cited

Kumar, Anuradha. Human Rights. New York: Sarup & Sons, 2002. Print.

Lane, Melissa. “Autonomy as a Central Human Right and Its Implications for the Moral Responsibilities of Corporations.” Human rights and the moral responsibilities of corporate and public sector organizations (Issues in Business Ethics). Ed. Tom Campbell and Seumas Miller. Boston: Kluwer AcademicPublishers, 2004. 145-167. Print.

Scherer, George, and Palazzo, Guido. “Toward a political conception of corporate responsibility: business and society seen from a Habermasian perspective.” Academy of Management Review, 32(2007): 1096–1120. Print.

Terence, Edmund. Politics in Malaysia: The Malay Dimension. New York: Routledge, 2007. Print.

United Nations Publications. United Nations Documents Index. Washington: United Nations Publications, 2006. Print.