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The modern consumer movement has been quite fractious over the years and is largely a product or collection of idea’s forged in the 1960s. The United Kingdom derides much of the ideas from the consumer movements which underpin the foundation of the Consumers Associations in Britain.

Many consumer campaigners including the world famous Ralph Nadir are well known for their contributions to consumer campaigning and US President John F Kennedy was persuaded to and declared in the US Congress that consumers all over the world had four basic rights.

These absolute rights were:

The right to safety

The right to be informed

The right to choose

And The right to be heard.

Having given assent to these rights, many consumer groups extend the four founding principles with a further four rights expressed below.

The right to satisfaction of basic needs

The right to redress

The right to education

The right to a healthy environment.

When accepted by a variety of governmental bodies, the basic consumer rights were finally catapulted to a position of international recognition, acceptance and legitimized. The founding principles are now fully acknowledged by developed and developing countries alike.

This single most important document in respect to consumer protection now serves the world at large as a vital lobbying tool for those campaigning for change which TESS and others do.

The 8 founding principles do provide both a framework and benchmark for government, industry and citizens and particularly in the developing countries, and for particularly establishing a legal basis for the many consumer protection laws all over the globe.

The basic consumer rights are:

The right to the satisfaction of basic needs shelter, food air and water

Access to basic, essential goods and services which can assist a person to the fulfilment of their lives

Adequate, clothing, materials, health care, education and sanitation so as to preserve, protect, enjoy and elongate a person’s life.

The right to safety and to be protected against harmful products, production, processes and services which are or prove to be hazardous to health, welfare or life.

The right to be informed and to be given all the necessary facts needed to make an informed choice, and to be protected against dishonest or misleading advertising and labelling.

The right to choose and to be able to select from a range of products and services, offered at reasonable and competitive prices with the absolute assurance of satisfactory quality and fitness for purpose.

The right to be heard and to have consumer interests fully presented in the making and execution of government policy, and in the development of products and services.

The right to redress and to receive a fair settlement of just claims, including compensation for misrepresentation, shoddy goods or unsatisfactory services.

The right to consumer education and to acquire unfettered knowledge and skill which is needed to make informed and confident choices about goods and services, while being cognizant of the basic consumer rights and responsibilities and how to act on them.

The right to a healthy environment and to live out your life and work in an environment that is non-threatening to the well-being of both the present and future generations.

Law

When considering the word itself! What does it mean to you?

Is it a set of boring rules, thought up by the elite or adults who stop you from doing what you want to do, whilst making or inferring that you do something that you don’t?

Or do you prefer to ignore the issues as you believe it has nothing to do with you?

I suggest that you should not think this way, as to do just that, you reject the momentous efforts our forefathers have fought for and developed to present laws to benefit the generations they will never meet. Those who are no longer with us or those who are entering the twilight years have tried and toiled, fell into traps and snares and to ensure that the rights we [current incumbents of the planet] enjoy, benefit us.

The law affects everything we do each and every day. Those rights are, the thought, aspirations and bequests of others and for the forward generations to enjoy. It is our duty to ensure that we pass on, refine and introduce laws so as to protect those yet to come and who likewise deserve the benefit of our experience which results from our own existences.


Posted on: 29th June 2016