Event Reports

15. – 16. Mai 2011 International Workshop: "Human Rights and Precarious Work"

by Catherine Hirschwitz

"Menschenrechte und prekäre Arbeit"

In cooperation with the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a workshop on "Human Rights and Precarious Work". During the two-day workshop, 22 experts - scholars and practitioners from different national backgrounds - discussed relevant questions on the subject.

The Workshop participants explored shared conceptual problems from different angles, including the economic and legal position of the precarious workers, their social status and their situation in several national contexts. The situation of domestic workers, people with disabilities, low-waged women workers and racial minorities, including immigrants, asylum seekers and illegal economic migrants was analyzed through the different national labor laws as well as from the human rights aspect.

The workshop provided a foundation for discussion of the phenomenon in Israel and how the local legal system could provide more effective safeguards and protection for the human rights in this sector. This discussion will be also published as a collection of essays, which should have a positive impact on the legislative process in the different institutions.