Precarious Work: How temporary jobs and subcontracting undermines women, migrants and workers’ rights to decent work

Publication Date: 

July 7, 2009

Employers around the world are creating precarious forms of work to destroy unions, cut labor costs and avoid being held responsible for their own employees. Precarious work is created when permanent, regular jobs are replaced by subcontracted labor and temporary, short-term jobs. Workers around the world are uniting to call for permanent, decent jobs.

This document provides a number of case studies of how US corporations abuse of contract labor and how women and migrants see the effects.

Forced Labor and Child Labor in Central Asia Event Agenda

Publication Date: 

June 11, 2009

On June 11, 2009, representatives from human rights organizations, the international trade union movement, international institutions, companies and governments came together in Geneva to discuss forced labor and child labor in Central Asia. A particular focus was on the continued use of forced child labor in the cotton industry, especially in Uzbekistan. The discussion was timed in coordination with the International Labor Conference, the International Labor Organization's annual conference.

‘We Live Subject to their Orders’: A Three-Province Survey of Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan’s 2008 Cotton Harvest

Publication Date: 

June 4, 2009

This report highlights the continued use of forced child labor in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan in the fall 2008 harvest. While international pressure from retailers and consumers has had some effect in curbing forced child labor in the production of cotton in Uzbekistan, the practice is still pervasive.

Among other findings, the report states that:

- Since gaining independence in 1991, Uzbekistan’s authoritarian government has increased its reliance on forced child labor to harvest cotton.