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General discussion on the draft general comment on Article 7 of the ICESCR: Right to just and favourable conditions of work


16 June 2015


Ground Floor Conference Room Palais Wilson



On 16 June 2015 in Geneva, on the occasion of its 56th session, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held a half-day general discussion on the draft general comment on the right to just and favourable conditions of work (article 7 of the Covenant):

Article 7

The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensure, in particular:

  1. Remuneration which provides all workers, as a minimum, with:
    1. Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind, in particular women being guaranteed conditions of work not inferior to those enjoyed by men, with equal pay for equal work;
    2. A decent living for themselves and their families in accordance with the provisions of the present Covenant;
  2. Safe and healthy working conditions;
  3. Equal opportunity for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no considerations other than those of seniority and competence;
  4. Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay, as well as remuneration for public holidays.
Objective of the general discussion

The objective of the general discussion was to solicit input on the draft general comment by interested stakeholders, for consideration by the Committee. The purpose of the general comment is to provide authoritative guidance to State Parties on the measures to be adopted to ensure full compliance with the rights under this article.

Inputs received