UNDP

Labour Rights

Workers are dismissed without regard to procedural safeguards

 

The need to dismiss workers on occasion is an unhappy reality of managing a business. Yet, the threat of dismissal without cause enhances exploitation risks significantly, resulting in some cases to overtime without pay, sexual harassment and abuse, and even forced labor. Dismissals also result in immediate and often traumatic impact on workers, their families and communities. Recognizing this, ILO Convention on the Termination of Employment provides that, “[t]he employment of a worker shall not be terminated unless there is a valid reason.”

Relevant Human Rights Instruments

ILO Convention on the Termination of Employment, 1982 (No. 158)


SDG 8

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

SDG 8.8

Preventing unjustifiable dismissals contributes to the achievement of SDG 8.8: Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment