23. Workers’ Rights. Every person has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees the right to equal pay for equal work, for just pay for work and the right to join a trade union.  These rights, defined in Article 23 were considered essential after the Great Depression of the 1930s and the forced labor during World War II.  The founders of the Universal Declaration believed they were creating the basis for a justice and honorable future, and the rights of workers are a critical part of this.

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