Labor conditions in the strawberry fields of Andalusia, Spain are harsh for all workers regardless of their nationality: Salaries below the minimum wage, unpaid overtime, long working hours without breaks, and exposure to dangerous agrochemicals without protection are among the issues experienced by workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased these workers’ vulnerability to labor exploitation and creates even greater, possibly lethal, health risks.
Companies in Southeast Asia Lag on Human Rights | Netherlands Adopts Child Labor Law Due Diligence | New Belt and Road Tracker by Benn Steil | Germany Aims to Use Strict Law to Improve Work Conditions in Africa
Has Bahrain’s Flexi-Permit Lived Up to Its Hype? | Labor Department Says Workers at a Gig Company Are Contractors | International Worker’s Day Around the World | US Ban on Slave-made Goods Nets Tiny Fraction of $400 Billion Threat | How Apparel Brand Purchasing Practices Drive Labor Abuses | High Court Rules Chicken Catcher Bosses Exploited Workers in Modern Slavery Case
The pace of work at Verité often means conversations across the Verité global network focus on the nuts and bolts of report writing, assessments, trainings, and tool development, among other projects. Rarely do we find the time to reflect on long-term approaches to tackling global labor abuses and considering our evolution as a global network to meet those challenges. This past April, thirty-four Verité partners paused in their day-to-day commitments to gather in Bangkok to share and strategize about the issues most critical to the Verité network’s goal of promoting fair, safe, and legal work.
Links to stories that we’re talking about in May 2018.