Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about workers’ rights in various countries around the world.
Last year, the International Trade Union Confederation gave Uruguay a top rating of 1 on its scale from 1 to 5, indicating that workers’ rights are infrequently violated. Uruguay is the only country in Latin America to receive the organization’s highest rating possible. In an email interview, Adriana Cassoni, a researcher at the Universidad OTR Uruguay, discusses worker’s rights in Uruguay.
WPR: How robust are protections for workers in Uruguay with regard to the right to organize, both in law and practice, and what protections do workers have in terms of labor standards and wages?