News on forced labour

March 2018

  1. Measuring progress towards decent work in Thai fishing and seafood industry

    07 March 2018

    A new ILO report on labour conditions of fishers and seafood workers in Thailand provides an overview of the latest progress and remaining challenges.

  2. Consultation on Responsible Business Conduct and Competition in Supply Chains

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), invites Employer Organizations and Sectoral Associations to join with Small and Medium Enterprises for a consultation on Responsible Business Conduct and Competition in Supply Chains.

February 2018

  1. European Consultation on the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the International Employers Organization (IOE), the Swiss Employers’ Confederation, and the Government of Switzerland, invites companies and employers based in Europe to join a consultation on the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour and Human Trafficking.

  2. © Carsten ten Brink 2018

    ILO reports important progress on child labour and forced labour in Uzbek cotton fields

    13 February 2018

    Monitoring team finds strong political will from central government to end fundamental labour rights’ violations during the 2017 cotton harvest: Child labour is no longer an issue, while forced labour is being systematically addressed.

  3. Hundreds of Brazilian workers rescued at least twice from slavery in past 15 years

    06 February 2018

    The Digital Observatory of Slave Labour in Brazil, a joint project by the ILO and the Federal Labour Prosecution Office, has issued new data on slave labour in the country.

December 2017

  1. Advancing human rights at work - A look back at 2017

    21 December 2017

    2017 has been a significant year in advancing fundamental principles and rights at work. Working with governments, social partners and communities, the ILO FUNDAMENTALS Branch has helped those who cannot organize and bargain collectively, those suffering from discrimination, and those who are trapped in child labour and forced labour.

  2. © Peretz Partensky 2018

    Uzbekistan ends systematic use of child labour and takes measures to end forced labour

    12 December 2017

    An ILO team monitoring the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has found that child labour is no longer systematically used and that measures are being taken to end the use of forced labour. These conclusions were discussed at a roundtable in Tashkent.

  3. © Julian Buijzen 2018

    ILO launches Migration Glossary for Middle East media

    08 December 2017

    The glossary guides journalists in the region towards rights-based reporting on migration, forced labour and trafficking in persons, as part of an initiative to promote fair migration.

November 2017

  1. © Sajjad Hussain / AFP 2018

    DFID announces £13 million for ILO Work in Freedom programme

    30 November 2017

    DFID pledges a new package of support totalling £13 million for the ILO-run Work in Freedom programme to prevent trafficking and forced labour among women migrant workers from South Asia.

  2. The international community agrees to redouble efforts to fight against child labour and forced labour

    16 November 2017

    The three-day IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour concluded with the adoption of the Buenos Aires Declaration which spells out principles and actions to be taken. During the meeting, delegates presented almost 100 pledges for concrete steps towards the eradication of child labour and forced labour, and the generation of quality employment for young people.