News on forced labour

January 2020

  1. Combatting Forced Labour in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry

    06 January 2020

    Thailand’s ratification of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention (P29) – the first country in Asia to do so – marked an important shift in the country’s fishing and seafood industry. These changes were a product of tripartite debates in which stakeholders have weighed in on the proposed ratification and changes to Thai law, and is a powerful signal to workers, employers and trading partners in the region of Thailand’s commitment to confront the problem of forced labour.

December 2019

  1. New Zealand renews commitment toward the elimination of forced labour

    16 December 2019

    New Zealand has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention becoming the 43rd ILO member State to do so

  2. Unions in Ukraine join the campaign to end violence and harassment at work

    05 December 2019

    Trade unions in Ukraine have shown strong committment to ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

  3. ILO calls for unity to end modern-day slavery

    02 December 2019

    On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Channel Africa's Zikhona Miso spoke to the ILO's forced labour senior specialist, Luiz Machado about what can be done to eliminate forced labour around the world.

November 2019

  1. Countries in Asia and the Pacific drive action to end child labour, forced labour and human trafficking

    22 November 2019

    Asia-Pacific countries committed to accelerate action and strengthen collaboration to ensure that all women, men, girls and boys are free from child labour, forced labour and human trafficking.

  2. Asia Regional Conference on reaching SDG Target 8.7: Eradicating forced labour, human trafficking and child labour

  3. Child labour and human trafficking remain important concerns in global supply chains

    12 November 2019

    New estimates of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains are revealed in a report compiled by the ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – members of the Alliance 8.7 partnership on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.

  4. Malawi renews commitment toward International Labour Standards

    12 November 2019

  5. We need to do more to protect migrant workers, says the ILO's Michelle Leighton

    05 November 2019

    CNN International interviews Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO's Labour Migration Branch to discuss what can be done to better protect migrant workers from human trafficking and forced labour.

  6. Children and labour don't belong together

    04 November 2019

    40 million people in modern slavery. 152 million girls and boys are trapped in child labour. Malaysian artist, Nazreen Mohamad, wrote and delivered this beautiful poem.