Last month the International Labour Organization (ILO) closed the complaint lodged in 2014 by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) about Qatar’s failure to protect the rights of migrant workers in accordance with international law.
On December 18th, Verité will join the global community in celebrating International Migrants Day. International migration and the human rights of migrant laborers is a common theme in Verité’s work across regions and sectors, and in many corporate supply chains. Cross-border migrant workers face increased vulnerability to exploitation and forced labor due to their foreign status in the destination country. Verité engages directly on this issue through several ongoing projects and participation in United Nations’ dialogues on the global governance of migration.
Links to articles we’re talking about in November 2017.
Amnesty International’s latest report, The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, issued in March 2016 highlights the ongoing and persistent exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers building infrastructure in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament in Qatar. Verité has been engaged in the engineering and construction sector in the GCC region and Qatar for a number of years assisting those companies and organizations who want to ensure the ethical recruitment and treatment of the millions of migrant workers employed in the sector.
The issue of forced labor has long defied quantification at numerous levels: how many people work in conditions of modern-day slavery in supply chains? How much money do labor brokers earn from placing workers in forced labor situations? How much do government officials make from corrupt money flows? How much do employers ‘save’ by transferring costs to workers – and how is this reflected in the price paid by buyers? We are at the early stage of answering some of these queries.