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Not My Life: Globalization and Modern Slavery

By Armand Pereira

On January 19th, 2011, the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City will hold the world premiere of Not My Life — a feature-length documentary film about modern-day slavery and global human trafficking, about horrifying practices that affect millions of children, women and men in every part of the world — a shameful but neglected reality in our “global village”. Continue reading ‘Not My Life: Globalization and Modern Slavery’

Government of Jamaica committed to welfare of seafarers

Minister of Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles has pledged Government’s commitment to ensure that Jamaican seafarers and foreigners who work on the country’s ships enjoy decent working conditions. The minister also promised that the country would continue to promote the training and employment of the Jamaican crew as the shipping industry plays a key role in the Caribbean economy with over 90 per cent of goods arriving by sea. Continue reading ‘Government of Jamaica committed to welfare of seafarers’

Child labour in Pakistan: a threat to the future

By Mashal Sahir

If poverty justifies child labour, then it should also justify burglary, prostitution, kidnapping, smuggling and all other crimes. Child labour is a much more serious crime compared to others, because unlike other crimes that affect individuals, child labour affects an entire generation. Continue reading ‘Child labour in Pakistan: a threat to the future’

Canada: talks with EU MPs on Indigenous rights violations

Further news from North America about indigenous peoples’  rights (ILO Convention 169) and fights against the impact of tars sands on health, livelihoods and human rights.  

On November 5 the Indigenous Environmental Network hosted an informal meeting between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and elected leadership from First Nations in Alberta and BC to discuss Indigenous rights violations in their communities as a result of the world’s largest and most destructive development known as Canada’s Tar Sands. High on the agenda for the First Nations is the impacts of the current proposed EU Fuel Quality Directive that proposes to list Tar Sands as a dirty fuel. Continue reading ‘Canada: talks with EU MPs on Indigenous rights violations’

Sri Lanka violates core labour rights, ITUC says

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reported yesterday to the World Trade Organisation that “while Sri Lanka has ratified all eight of the International Labour Organization’s core conventions, it has largely failed to implement these conventions,” as noted by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC. Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka violates core labour rights, ITUC says’

Philippines: Department of labour urges partners to support Convention for domestic workers

Philippines Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged labor, management, and other stakeholders to support the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in crafting comments and responses to the proposed International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendations on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Continue reading ‘Philippines: Department of labour urges partners to support Convention for domestic workers’

Swaziland: ILO should not come only in times of crisis

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lutfo Dlamini, yesterday implored the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) High-Level delegation not come to Swaziland only in times of crisis. “You must come to Swaziland even when there are no issues,” he said. Dlamini said it was important for the country and ILO to have regular consultative meetings as they would help Swaziland advance in its labour-relations endeavours. Continue reading ‘Swaziland: ILO should not come only in times of crisis’

Chilean president visits UK and promises to ratify ILO Convention 176

In recent years, Chilean presidents have enjoyed little fanfare when visiting Britain: ignored by the media, unknown to the public, and banished to champagne receptions with obscure dignitaries. But as the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than 10 weeks can testify, a week can be a very long time.  Speaking of the San Jose rescue, the president promised his government would ratify ILO convention 176, which would commit Chile to enforcing safety regulations, as unions have repeatedly urged. Watch the interview on BBC Hard Talk (min. 2,30).

Continue reading ‘Chilean president visits UK and promises to ratify ILO Convention 176’

Migrants in Macau: a ban may be discriminatory

By Alexandra Lages

A senior specialist for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said that the six month ban established by Macau’s new imported labour law could be “a case of discrimination” for migrant workers. In an interview with Macau Daily Times, Tim De Meyer, senior specialist in international labour standards and labour law of the Subregional Office for East Asia, pointed out that there is no black and white approach for the Macau migrant workers’ complaints and advised them to pay attention to the results of the new law in practice. Continue reading ‘Migrants in Macau: a ban may be discriminatory’

Egypt: Sacked workers stage protest outside rights council headquarters

Around 50 workers and their families, along with labor activists and lawyers, congregated outside the headquarters of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and the National Council for Women (NCW) on Sunday to protest “arbitrary and punitive lay-offs” and demand reinstatement.  These workers called on officials to apply pressure on the Egyptian state to implement ILO Conventions No. 87 and 98, regarding “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize” and the “Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining” respectively. Continue reading ‘Egypt: Sacked workers stage protest outside rights council headquarters’

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