May, 6, 2011
Philosophers point of view on Employees Rights
The idea of employee rights involves many complex issues. Employees expect many things in their jobs. Some of these include: better working conditions, better wages, safety, privacy, job security and the possibility of promotion, etc. But do employees actually have rights at the workplace and if so, what kind of rights do they have and this is of course different for public and private institutions. Well, first of all before a person is even an employee, he or she has rights and these are called human rights. Human rights are basic rights that all human beings need to have or should have. These are rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. There include, The right to life, liberty, freedom of expression, the right to food, the right to work, the right to education, etc. Civil Rights on the hand include Protection from discrimination based on gender, religion, race or color, disability, sexual orientation, greed, age, national origin, etc. They also ensuring peoples' physical integrity and safety and to make sure people are not forced into labor. These rights also include more fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom of movement and so on.
One of the highly debated workplace issues recently is workplace privacy. Workplace privacy has been a hot issue especially in the last decade, as more and more workplaces incorporated email and Internet use into the office environment. Many employees use email and the Internet daily nowadays, not to mention the telephone. It has been argued by employees that it is an invasion of privacy. In my opinion the work place privacy should not be completely dismissed, but I do think that it should be limited. Privacy in the work place should be limited mainly to prevent fraud...