Hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer discrimination at their workplace. This goes against a basic human right and has wide social and economic consequences. 

Discrimination exists in every country and industry in the world. Prejudice quashes opportunities for individuals, wastes human talent and weakens economic progress. Discrimination also leads to social tension and widens inequalities.  

The fight against discrimination is also a responsibility of the unions. The UĦM Voice of the Workers works tirelessly to defend the rights of the workers and does all it can to limit prejudices and inequalities. 

Discrimination can be based on many levels, including race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age and political affiliation. Ethnic minorities, religious groups, women and immigrants are often the target of discrimination. Prejudice is also associated with violence and harassment of men and women at the workplace. 

Sexual harassment is a widely ranging phenomenon. It strengthens stereotypes regarding the abilities and aspirations of women and can alienate them from work, destroy their careers and it can leave long lasting impact on every aspect of their lives. 

Discrimination, both subtle and blatant, can also impact one’s mental health. Research has shown that when we are not treated justly at work or when we work in a hostile environment for a prolonged period of time, we risk developing stress related disorders, anxiety attacks and depression. When the mental health of a person is affected, there can be consequences on the people nearest to that person, including their children and colleagues.  

Discrimination can also keep one from achieving one’s goals and advancing one’s career. Prejudice limits a worker’s potential. Statistics provided by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) show that discrimination is costing the world economy some 400 billion dollars in losses in terms of the growth of the Gross Domestic Product.  

Voice of the Workers states that discrimination is not only morally wrong but also goes against human rights and has negative economic consequences.  Inequality diminishes the wealth of a country, in terms of both money and talent. We can all agree that we would all live better lives if all members of society were able to access the same opportunities.