We are all aware that work is a basic need that every human being has to live without in this day and era. Work is referred to as basic need by society. Therefore this means if your not working, you cannot survive especially in capitalised nations like USA, because you will have to pay for everything, starting from healthcare, food, water etc. Having said that, you can still survive in certain countries like England, Switzerland, Poland, Romania etc. These countries have a welfare state system which is available for every citizen given they meet the terms and conditions.

Since work is security for many people across the world, there should be rights and regulations put in place for people because they need to feel secure and comfortable in their workplaces, because workers many times suffer unfair treatment from their employers, unfair dismissal, under payment, segregation against race, sex and age, yet everyone deserves a right to work in the context they get treated fairly in aspects. Standing ( 2000) argues that a right to work must be equal and universal although defining the right to work could be difficult because work in general involves different activities and actions, for example, there are young men who work in mines for more than twelve hours a day but they still get paid peanuts. This problem not only affects them, but also a biggest fraction of people in work places around the world face under payment in the name of cheap labour.

Today, workers have a full right to securing paid work and a right to work. This means in countries like England, workers have a right to receive a minimum wage at least or an equal wage for all kinds of labour. Standing ( 2000). However society members still have a right to income support if they cannot work. In other words their income security is guaranteed. Wallace ( 1986) argues in affirmation that unemployed people have the same rights and aspirations as the employed but just lack means to achieve them. This is so wrong because it puts a strain on the working class categorically. However the media and politicians are to blame for the condition of unemployment at times because of the regulations they put in place. There’s a big possibility that young adults usually retain a strong commitment to work than adults. Wallace (1987). Strengthening this assertion, by stating employers must consider young adults for more jobs because of their commitment especially those who have been longest unemployed. Furlong ( 2006) also argues that young adults have a strong commitment to work, paid still work remains central to the ambitions of young people. This however implies growth of the economy because more young adults will secure jobs to survive this capitalist stage since capitalism is immortal, and more taxes will be collected.


Furlong, A ( 2006) ‘Not a Very NEET Solution: Representing Problematic Labour Market Transitions Among Early School Leavers’, Work, Employment and Society, pp.33-34.

Standing, G ( 2002). Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality. London:Verso.

Standing, G and Samson, M eds.2003. A Basic Income Grant for South Africa. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press.

Wallace, C and Pahl, R. ( 1986) ‘Polarisation, Unemployment and All Forms of Work’, in S. Allen et al. (eds) The Experience of Unemployment, pp. 33-34. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Wallace, C ( 1987) For Richer For Poorer. Growing Up In and Out of Work. London: Tavistock.


Clare Susan Senabulya


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