May 19, 2012 - Obligated to Work Without Pay

Obligated to Work Without Pay

Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, in article 4:

* No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

If we were forced to work for government, an agency thereof, a municipality, etc, and were not compensated for our time, effort, or skill, would that not constitute some "form" of slavery?

Slave. noun

  • a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them
  • a person who works very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation
  • a person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something Oxford Dictionary

We are required to shovel snow from their sidewalks, cut the grass of their boulevards, fill in their Income Tax Forms, collect HST, work to pay their taxes, etc... but are we their legal property?

The existence of a contract would make the difference between our being legal property and obligation by our consent. So then, if we are not considered their legal property, where is the legal contract by which we have obligated ourselves? Was it agreed to with full disclosure as to its ramifications or were there terms and conditions hidden from us?

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