In many parts of the world, unions are on the front lines of conﬂict and struggles for democratic rights and freedoms.
Over the last year, we have seen the foundations of workplace democracy come under sustained attack and conﬂict as authoritarianism and right-wing governments destroy democratic space, rights and freedoms including freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike.
Repression and denial of access to justice is being used to silence the age of anger. There has been a decline in democratic rights and freedoms, and attacks on trade union rights have persisted throughout the world. Labour activists must be recognised as both human rights defenders and peace builders.
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