News on forced labour

August 2022

  1. Meet the Project Manager: MAP16 project to reduce child labour and forced labour in Serbia

    18 August 2022

    Milica Djordjevic, ILO National Project Coordinator of the MAP16 project, funded by the US Department of Labor, explains what she does to reduce child labour and forced labour in Serbia. Child labour means that children are too young for their work or it is harmful for them. The ILO has been supporting governments for decades to address their child labour concerns, always tailoring interventions to local needs. In 2017, the ILO and its partners came out with a strategy which defines country priorities. In addition, the ILO conducted a national survey in 2021 which shows that 9.5% of children in Serbia are in child labour, mainly in agriculture. The ILO trained about 400 professionals (social workers, police, prosecutors and labour inspectors) to identify child labour situations. Checklists, tools and standards are at their disposal to tackle cases. The decree on hazardous child labour was adopted so that children in child labour or forced labour can receive immediate assistance.

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    China ratifies the two ILO Fundamental Conventions on forced labour

    12 August 2022

    In a ceremony at the ILO, China presented the ratification documents for two additional ILO Fundamental Conventions, covering forced labour; the Conventions will enter into force one year after the signing.

  3. Enhancing social dialogues for decent working conditions in Indonesia’s fishing industry

    01 August 2022

    Work in fishing is a hazardous occupation. Labour rights challenges in the fisheries sector such as weak labour inspection, poor occupational safety and health (OSH) and other problems related to working conditions can be improved through social dialogues among relevant parties.

July 2022

  1. NERVO call for a world free from child labour and trafficking

    29 July 2022

    To coincide with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and their last performance at Tomorrowland festival for 2022, superstar DJ duo NERVO raise their voices for action on child vulnerability, labour and trafficking.

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    Top DJ duo NERVO debut song to raise awareness of child labour and human trafficking

    26 July 2022

    Ahead of World Day Against Human Trafficking, top-ranked female DJ duo NERVO have teamed up with the children’s charity Hopeland and the International Labour Organization to urge action on child vulnerability, child labour and human trafficking.

  3. Japan reinforces its commitment to fight against forced labour

    19 July 2022

    Japan becomes the 177th Member State to ratify Convention No. 105

June 2022

  1. Indonesian trade unions enhance their capacity to promote collective bargaining and dispute resolution in palm oil sector

    27 June 2022

    The ILO through its Advancing Workers’ Rights in Indonesia and Malaysia’s Palm Oil Sector project enhances the capacity of trainers and branch leaders of the national trade union confederations and their federations to improve conditions of work and promote social dialogue for dispute resolution.

  2. Launch of the ITEF Platform: a private sector initiative supported by the ACCEL Africa project to strengthen the engagement and efforts in the fight against child labour and forced labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

    25 June 2022

    The ITEF platform aims to advocate with public authorities on the expectations of the private sector and contribute to the reporting system, particularly in the context of the ILO standards. The purpose is to position Côte d'Ivoire as a responsible sourcing destination by improving its long-term access to global markets.

  3. ILO supports the launch of Indonesia’s first Trade Unions’ Network in the Fishing Sector

    23 June 2022

    The 8.7 Accelerator Lab programme together with the Bureau of Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) supported the launch of a Trade Unions’ Network in the fishing sector aiming to foster a common voice between trade unions and to reinforce bilateral and tripartite social dialogue in the fishing sector.

  4. ILO-IOM-IPA collaborate to expand the evidence base on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking to achieve policy impact

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) join forces to host a conference on 27-29 June 2022 showcasing new research findings on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking.