||Following canons expressed on
page "Preamble", my second major
concern is the right of people to work, and make a decent living doing
so. And not just to work, but to do so in an just way that
contemplates their rights to have leisure time, and "quality time"
with their families.
No nation should have tolerance with other nations that allowed
-or ignore- the abuse committed on its working class.
It is also imperative that all nations come
together and agree on more international laws to protect human rights.
| For instance,
|(1) child labor shall not be tolerated
anywhere (zero tolerance).|
|(2) in order to make a decent salary, no worker should have to
toll more than 50
hours per week, and the target should be no more than a 40 hours workweek
for men and 30 hours for mothers.|
a mother should be able to take proper care of their children. If she
has to work, then her employer should strife to offer her a good quality
|(4) it should be a right for any mother to be able to have a
minimum of one year of maternity leave, without fear of losing her job.
|A child is not a lesser child for having been
born in a backward country. This league of nations should make sure no
abuses are committed against children -or mothers- in any country around the
world. Stiff penalties should be bored in those countries paying a
deaf ear / blind eye to the needs of their children and mothers.
|People should have compulsory vacation,
minimum 3 weeks a year, although 4 weeks should be targeted as optimum.
Perhaps it is because I was born in Europe, that I have not changed my
positioning on this issue in the last 30 years, regardless of what it might
cost my campaign. And this despite some early criticism, and despite my good understanding of business
administration and the economy.
firmly believe -although is not directly evident- that the cost to society
of not having their workers enjoy enough free time with their relatives -and
strengthening their family bonding- is huge. Only if we could put a
price on the cost of ... divorce, crime, obesity, psychiatric sessions, child
development problems, teenager problems, alcoholism, sexual abuse, automobile
accidents, etc ...caused by family tensions, then this cost to society would be
self-evident. The lack of quality time between
family members, and the lack of time to share activities and leisure is
the root of many problems our modern society has. The fact
that the USA is a large country, and that job opportunities take us far from
relatives does not help on this bonding issue.|
|In my opinion, most of the concern about free
trade is shortsighted and incongruent. It is in the best
interest of all
nations to gain access to larger markets that go beyond a nation boundaries. Period.|
|No question though, that we should take into consideration the impact -to
many cultures around the world- that this free trade wave may cause. Perhaps,
to safeguard the rights of some people, in certain situations it should be recommended
to have a
measured and gradual change in economic and cultural life-styles.|
particular, it is quite important to impose penalties and trade
those countries that do not do their best to protect the environment.|
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