Hesperian Health Guides


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The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights says everyone has the right to a standard of living that allows for their health and well-being, including food, clothing, housing, medical care, and social services.

The ILO Minimum Wage Fixing Convention (No. 131) says governments must:

  • set a minimum wage for all workers, considering the needs of workers and

their families.

  • enforce the law to ensure workers are paid properly.

While the ILO requires governments to set a minimum wage, each country

decides what that is. Check your country’s labor laws.