Forced Labour and Trafficking

Forced Labour and Trafficking
  • Trade Unions and NGOs discuss trafficking and labour expploitation on the EU Anti-Trafficking Day

    On the EU Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October) unions, NGOs, national and international experts are gathering in Vilnius at the first EU forum on labour trafficking to discuss new trends, challenges and strategies for the effective anti-trafficking response.

    The meeting conicides with the EU Anti-Trafficking Day Conference organized under the Lithuanian Presidency.

    Labour trafficking in Europe is becoming more and more visible according to trade unions, civil society organisations and UN bodies such as the International Labour Organisation, affecting as many as 880,000 people – that’s 1.8 victims per every 1,000 inhabitants. And the numbers are increasing every year.

    The meeting will discuss ways of assisting bigger groups of exploited workers in mainstream economic sectors such as agriculture, construction, forestry and services and see how trade unions and civil society organizations can best combine forces to assist and organize vulnerable workers and examine good practices.

    While actors in the field have only discovered a tip of an iceberg, any solution to the problem will require understanding of new trends, developing new responses and partnerships.

  • Irish Government Criminalises Slavery

    The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) today, Friday 28 June, welcomed the long-awaited criminalisation of modern-day slavery in Ireland. The Dáil has passed a Bill inserting a definition of forced labour (otherwise known as modern-day slavery) into Irish law, which will ensure that employers who commit this criminal act can be prosecuted.

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