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Help end forced labor

Your country must act quickly to adopt and implement the international law1 to prevent abuses, protect victims, as well as punish those that profit from forced labor.

We have already waited decades for this tough new global standard against forced labor. The people trapped on farms, in mines, in factories and in all the other places where forced labor flourishes shouldn’t have to wait while our policy-makers drag their heels to put this law into practice.

All countries must prioritize this effort to end forced labor: call on the Government of your country to adopt this law immediately. 

This law — known as the Protocol of 20141 to Convention 292Convention 292 supplemented by Protocol of 20141 — creates new responsibilities for governments in the fight against forced labor, the key measures cover:3

  1. Prevention. Governments are obligated to create national action plans to tackle forced labor and support business to root out and respond to forced labor in their supply chains.
  2. Better protection for victims. This includes the safeguarding of vulnerable migrant workers against fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices.
  3. Justice. Victims are now protected from prosecution for crimes they may have committed as a direct result of their forced labor. They also have access to justice, including the ability to claim for compensation for the abuses they have experienced, where they occurred.

Our collective voice can keep forced labor on the agenda and ensure swift action by the Government of your country. Act now!

Ratified countries: Czech Republic, Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Norway, France, United Kingdom, Panama, Argentina, Estonia, Denmark, Iceland and Jamaica.

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Maureen Jenner
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Somewhere I read: “A butterfly flaps its wings and a volcano erupts somewhere in the world.” So, many voices saying the same thing will be heard.

John Newton
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I am in favour of Freedom United’s position on modern slavery

Christine Clarke
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You may be overwhelmed by the size of this problem… can your voice make a difference??? “A boy was walking along a beach… thousands of starfish had been washed up. He began tossing them one by one into the Ocean… A cynical man passed by and scoffed at the boy saying ” you don’t think you can save all these Starfish do you?” … The boy replied “No… but I can give this one a chance… and this one… and this one…” as he tossed them into the Ocean.

YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Marilyn Slater
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I was shocked to discover that New Zealand has not signed the protocol because we have trouble with employers abusing and grossly underpaying staff. Oddly enough, we tend not to call it ‘forced labour’ and I think perhaps we should.

john oakes
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Slaves to debt, the brilliant light of human potential is never allowed smile upon the land. Other workers are cheated out of livable wages while being forced to compete with slave wages. The slave state is growing as guilty millionaires stand atop a mountain of people whose shares have been stolen by arrogant thieves in suits.

Call on your government to adopt the international law to end forced labor

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I call on my Government to immediately ratify the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention No. 29, 1930.

I hope I can count on you to make forced labor history.


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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is the voice of workers and represents 45 million members from 89 trade union organisations in 39 European countries, plus 10 European Trade Union Federations.

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