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[Excerpt] This report examines the labor rights situation in Australia. The labor rights taken into consideration include those rights defined as “core labor standards” by Section 2113 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 3813(6)):

  1. the right of association;

  2. the right to organize and bargain collectively;

  3. a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor;

  4. a minimum age for the employment of children; and

  5. acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health.

Because of the emphasis in the Trade Act on the elimination of the worst forms of child labor, we have broadened the discussion not only to include minimum age for employment of children but also the effective elimination of the worst forms of child labor.


Suggested Citation
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs. (2004). Labor rights report: Australia. Washington, D.C.: Author.