It is a human right to have access to education. Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, published by the United Nations (UN), states that education should fully develop the human personality and strengthen respect for human rights. Nothing can develop the human personality or grow respect for human rights better, than teaching the workforce of Aotearoa to protect themselves against unlawful employment situations like exploitation. Lack of education about employment law robs people of the basic human right to equality and justice in the workplace. This happens because uneducated workers do not know that the law has protections for them and so, as a consequence, they are taken advantage of.
The Treaty of Waitangi laid the vision for how Aotearoa society should function to preserve the rights of all who call this nation home, and which aligns with the United Nations (UN) and its values for the respect of human rights. Article 3 (Ko te Tuatoru) of the Treaty instills the rights and responsibilities of Aotearoa to equality. Aotearoa’s workforce should never be exempt to the fact that equality and rights for all people have always been important in Aotearoa, or even though we may feel society has delved from this vision. Lack of education impedes human rights, as explained, and so by making employment education mandatory means that we acknowledge the Treaty’s vision of respect for human rights in today’s Aotearoa.