Survey: U.S. Ranked Worst for Workers Rights Among Major Economies

  • A new survey by the International Trade Union Confederation finds that the U.S. ranks at the bottom of the list for worker’s rights among developed economies.
  • Labor violations are also at a seven year high globally, the ITUC finds.

According to a new survey of labor unions conducted by the International Trade Union Confederation, the U.S. ranks the worst among developed nations in terms of workers rights.

The U.S. scores a 4 on the scale employed by the ITUC, meaning “systemic violations of rights” are present. Every other developed nation scores a 3 or higher.

European nations score the best, with the top ranked nations being Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland and Germany. Uruguay is also at the top of the list, and is the only non-European nation in the group.

But the picture globally is deteriorating. The ITUC finds that labor violations across the world are at a seven year high.

The countries scoring the worst on the survey, excluding those with no rights “due to a breakdown of the rule or law”, are Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. These nations score a 5, meaning “no guarantee of rights.”

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