Field report: Create Stronger Global Law to Fight Forced Labor


To secure a legally binding update to an important international forced labor law from 1930.


The Forced Labor Convention, (full title: ILO Convention Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labor, 1930 (No.29)) was drafted in 1930 and so hideously outdated. In 2014, the International Labor Organization held a discussion and vote to decide whether an update to this law should be in the form of a recommendation to accompany the Convention or a legally-binding Protocol, which would have greater effect in tackling modern slavery and forced labor.

Advocates in 185 countries sent 65,000 letters to their respective labor ministers to call for a Protocol.


This campaign helped influence 184 governments to vote for the Protocol. Once the vote had passed and the Forced Labor Protocol was adopted, we launched the second phase of the campaign—for individual countries to ratify the Protocol. On May 14, 2015, Niger became the first state to ratify the 2014 Protocol, followed by Argentina. The Protocol entered into force on November 9, 2016. Our campaign for ratification continues.
Note: A total of 184 countries voted for the Protocol.

Our partner in this campaign:

International Trade Union Confederation

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the global voice of the world’s working people. The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.