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Freedom at, through and from work: Rethinking labour rights


Bueno, Nicolas (2021). Freedom at, through and from work: Rethinking labour rights. International Labour Review, 160(2):311-329.

Abstract

To what extent do labour rights promote freedom in relation to work? Methodologically, the article defines three freedoms: ‘freedom at work’, ‘freedom through work’, and ‘freedom from work’. It shows that fundamental labour rights have traditionally aimed at protecting workers in the labour market, not at expanding freedoms and in particular freedom ‘from’ work. In this respect, it outlines some limits of current proposals relying on productivity and redistribution, such as the basic income, to liberate from work. Beyond these proposals, the article develops new rights in the human economy framework. The article concludes that, in order to expand freedoms in relation to work, not fewer but more fundamental labour rights will be required.

Abstract

To what extent do labour rights promote freedom in relation to work? Methodologically, the article defines three freedoms: ‘freedom at work’, ‘freedom through work’, and ‘freedom from work’. It shows that fundamental labour rights have traditionally aimed at protecting workers in the labour market, not at expanding freedoms and in particular freedom ‘from’ work. In this respect, it outlines some limits of current proposals relying on productivity and redistribution, such as the basic income, to liberate from work. Beyond these proposals, the article develops new rights in the human economy framework. The article concludes that, in order to expand freedoms in relation to work, not fewer but more fundamental labour rights will be required.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Human Rights Competence Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management of Technology and Innovation
Uncontrolled Keywords:Labour, Freedom, Work, Labour Rights, Labour Law
Language:English
Date:1 June 2021
Deposited On:04 Jan 2021 14:29
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 01:49
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:0020-7780
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ilr.12192
  • Content: Accepted Version