Workers rights for dignified living standards

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Green politics, or ecopolitics, is a political ideology that fosters an ecologically sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, and grassroots social democracy. It began taking shape in the western world in the 1970s; since then, Green parties have developed and established themselves in many countries worldwide and have achieved some electoral success. In the United States, this movement has been slowly shaping the Democratic Party values.

When we talk about the earth’s environment, we are talking about the atmosphere, forests, plants, animals, water, and ecosystem. Everything from the roots of trees underground to the air we breathe is part of the environment, and each part’s health affects the health of the whole. There are a lot of threats to the environment. These include climate change caused by greenhouse gasses, air and water pollution, deforestation, and more. As a result of so many environmental severe threats, the earth is changing. Melting glaciers destroy habitat in the Arctic; plants and animals are becoming extinct at a staggering rate. It’s easy to look at that list and feel small and insignificant. After all, the earth has over 7 billion people. However, we have been failing to recognize that people are at the center of the planet. We must first protect the people for the people to protect the environment. We believe the first sentence in this paragraph must be changed to; when we talk about the earth’s climate, we first talk about people’s health.

After long hours of work and facing severe traumatic events, can front-line workers think about the environment? The answer is not. We need to make sure the green movement starts with people. A taxi driver, today on my way home, complained that his mom worked for 23 years without vacations. She is also part of the environment, and stress and working tiredness can harm her badly.

The United States passed many environmental legislation pieces in the 1970s, such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. These remain as the foundations for current environmental standards.

In the United Kingdom, To tackle unemployment, all employees are entitled to reasonable notice before dismissal after a qualifying period of a month. After two years, they can only be dismissed for a fair reason and are entitled to a redundancy payment if their job was no longer economically necessary. If an enterprise is bought or outsourced, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 requires that employees’ terms cannot be worsened without good economic, technical, or organizational reasons. The purpose of these rights is to ensure people have dignified living standards, whether they have relative bargaining power to get good terms and conditions in their contract.

In the United States, most workers are employed at will, meaning they can be fire without any reason. Employers are free to adopt at-will employment policies, and most of them have done it. Here employees without a written employment contract generally can be fired for a good cause, wrong cause, or no cause at all; judicial exceptions to the rule seek to prevent wrongful terminations. We hope that as we protect the environment with many needed acts, the United States will pass the Protection of Employment Act.


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5 Holiday Gift Ideas That Declare Living Large the New Normal

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Of all the things we have learned about ourselves during this year of disruption, one stands out: A pandemic is no time to be adventurous. Whenever routines change—and simply leaving the house requires an anxiety-provoking negotiation of risk tolerance—people will retreat as quickly as possible to the most convenient, relaxing option available. Comfort food is all the rage. Athleisure is doing better than ever. Hygge is huge. So, in honor of this most un-chill year, here’s a holiday gift guide that highlights 88 of the most over-the-top ways to maximize the cozy zone of everyone on your list.

A Tale of Cake Scotch

The latest from Highlands whisky staple Glenmorangie is initially matured in bourbon casks, and then finished inTokaji dessert wine barrels, which layers sweet, honeyed notes over the brand’s smooth, fruity character. It’s an ideal treat after (or during) the last course. $102

Ganache Blue Box

Made from complexly flavored Criollo cacao beans, each piece of this rich chocolate ganache is topped with whimsical designs. Its holiday vibe extends to a gift-ready package wrapped in brown ribbon. $72 for 25 pieces

Watch Me Clock

Gaetano Pesce’s surreal design is emblematic of 2020 time. Handmade from resin in red and orange, it’s overlaid with fanciful numbers. $300

Royal Oak Offshore Watch

A sportier version of the classic is also available in a standard or green dial. $45,900

Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask

One of the highest-rated masks to leave on while they sleep for overnight firming and hydrating. $390


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