Individual Working Freedoms

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The Individual Working Freedoms resolution was the first Advancement of Industry Resolution to achieve quorum and be adopted by the United Nations. The lengthy UN General Assembly debate was focused on national labor laws and previous UN legislation concerning labor, including the 40 Hour Workweek, Sex Industry Worker Act, and Right to Form Unions resolutions.

Resolution text

Individual Working Freedoms
A resolution to develop industry around the world.

Category: Advancement of Industry Area of Effect: Labor Deregulation Proposed By: Gruenberg

The United Nations,

Strongly reaffirming its commitment to individual liberty,

Believing that individuals should be as free as possible from undue government interference in making decisions governing their personal lives,

Convinced that the issues of when, how often, and for how long an individual works should remain an issue for private negotiation between employer and employee,

Recalling the repeal of Resolution #59, "The 40 Hour Workweek", and the reasons therein given for the weaknesses of the prior document,

Dissenting from the view that one standard working week can be determined as a universal diktat, given the diversity of national economies, the particulars of industries working on cyclical, seasonal or other irregular working patterns, and the varying conditions, demographic, environmental, developmental, and otherwise, of member nations,

Considering any attempt to impose a "one size fits all" manacle of working time constriction as a grossly unfair abrogation of individual freedoms,

Desirous of reaching a fair compromise on the issue:

1. Requires member nations to grant their people the greatest possible degree of freedom in determining their terms of employment, with specific regard to working time;

2. Calls upon member nations to respect the rights of individuals to be free to make choices about their terms of employment, and equally of individuals to seek representation or counsel during such negotiations;

3. Mandates the removal of working time regulations that serve only to reduce individual liberty, and that unfairly remove decision-making power from the individual level;

4. Reserves the right of nations to choose whether to set specific regulations on workweeks and working time in the general public interest, so long as such regulations do not unduly abridge the freedom of individuals in deciding their terms of employment;

5. Endorses policies aimed at delegating decisions concerning working time regulations to the most local level possible;

6. Promotes a healthy harmony of national and individual rights in economic decision-making.

Votes For: 7,812
Votes Against: 6,595
Implemented: Sat Sep 9 2006

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