Cambodian garment workers sewing products for companies such as H&M, Gap, Adidas, Zara and Puma make $100 a month and suffer through long hours in harsh working conditions. Their labor supports a $5 billion industry, but their demands for a living wage have only been answered with violence. When workers and their unions held protests late last year to demand a living wage increase, police killed five workers and imprisoned another 25 union activists on criminal charges that have not been dismissed.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new treaty, known as a forced labor protocol, to fight modern forms of forced labor and to protect and compensate victims. The new treaty strengthens the outdated 1930 ILO convention on forced labor, and contains two sections that will bring the international community’s response to forced labor into the modern era with regulations and guidance on practices such as human trafficking, forced labor in the private sector and the exploitation of migrant workers.
Today’s global economy conceals a vicious, virtually invisible underworld of modern-day slavery. More than a century since most of the industrialized world outlawed slavery, more than 21 million workers toil in conditions of forced labor. These workers are generally the poorest among us, with the fewest opportunities. They can be found in fields, mines and factories in distant lands or down the street in a local restaurant or in a neighbor’s home—and their collective work generates a growing illegal profit of more than $150 billion.
In this era of bad news about wages, inequality and egregious anti-worker behavior from employers, it’s good to celebrate wins for workers. This week, Fijian workers got a big win at the meeting of the governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
People with disabilities can bring unique skills and abilities to the workplace but are often excluded from participating in the economy because of prejudice and stereotypes. This new video (see above) explores why hiring workers with disabilities makes sense for businesses.
Nearly 202 million people were unemployed in 2013 around the world, some 5 million more than in 2012, because the number of jobs is not keeping pace with the growing workforce. As the world’s elite meet in Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global economics, the International Labor Organization released its annual jobs report, showing how much work must be done to ensure workers can support themselves and their families.
In another major step forward for the global movement to expand domestic workers' rights, Argentina last month ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on domestic work, which extends fundamental labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide.
In Canton, Miss., automaker Nissan is in violation of international labor standards on freedom of association through its aggressive interference with workers trying to exercise their fundamental right to organize a union, according to a new report released today by Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson and international labor law expert Lance Compa.
The number of child laborers has declined by one-third globally, from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012, according to an International Labor Organization (ILO) report released Monday. Yet the report also shows that despite the reduction, the worst forms of child labor will not be eliminated by 2016, a goal sought by the ILO and its international allies.
In recognition of this incredible achievement and the outstanding work this young organization continues to do, the AFL-CIO Executive Council named the International Domestic Workers' Network the recipients of the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award earlier this year. The award was presented by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today at the AFL-CIO Convention to a chorus of domestic workers who entered the hall singing, following a moving video of their campaign.
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