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Uzbekistan: Fair Recruitment, Effective Accountability Needed to End Forced Labor as Independent Labor Monitors Harassed, Arbitrarily Detained


June 23, 2020 (Washington, D.C. / Berlin) – A new report released today by Uzbek Forum for Human Rights (formerly Uzbek-German Forum / UGF) on the 2019 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan documents both meaningful progress toward ending forced labor and the persistence of government-organized forced labor, said the Cotton Campaign.

ไอแอลอาร์เอฟ ร้องสิทธิรวมตัวของแรงงานข้ามชาติ ยุติปัญหาใช้แรงงานบังคับในอุตฯอาหารทะเลไทย


ในวันแรงงานสากล  สภาสิทธิแรงงานนานาชาติ ไอแอลอาร์เอฟ (International Labor Rights Forum, ILRF) เรียกร้องให้ รัฐบาลไทย บริษัทอาหารทะเลต่าง ๆ และผู้ซื้อในระดับโลก รับรองสิทธิที่จะมีเสรีภาพในการรวมตัวและการร่วมเจรจาต่อรองของแรงงานข้ามชาติ เพื่อยุติปัญหาการใช้

Remembering the Rana Plaza Workers by Continuing the Fight for Workers’ Rights During the Pandemic


Seven years ago today at least 1,134 workers died in the garment industry’s deadliest factory incident in history. Today, we remember the workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse, sending our thoughts to those affected by this tragedy. While we commemorate this crisis, workers’ lives are again at risk.

The Covid-19 pandemic crisis sweeping through the garment industry and across the world is undermining the ongoing worker struggles for social protection, living wages, freedom to organise, and safe factories in Bangladesh.

Covid-19: A Global Approach to Protecting Garment workers in Supply Chains


Apparel companies around the world responded to the Covid-19 crisis with an immediate resort to the risk-mitigating measures built into global supply chains. Their mass cancellation of orders has left factories around the world without cash to pay their workers. A statement by the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and Global Unions published today provides a collective approach to mitigating the massive loss of life, jobs and income in garment supply chains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New Report Exposes Toxic Chemicals, Human Rights Abuses on Fyffes Melon Farms

Labor rights groups, unions call on Fyffes to take responsibility for working conditions and commit to binding, enforceable agreement with the STAS union to uphold worker rights

A joint report by the International Labor Rights Forum, Fair World Project, and the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) Latin America Regional Secretariat, with support from 3F International, published today reveals long-term, ongoing human and labor rights violations on Fyffes’ melon plantations in Honduras.

Plantaciones de Fyffes al Descubierto

Los grupos de derechos laborales, los sindicatos exhortan a Fyffes a asumir la responsabilidad de las condiciones de trabajo y a comprometerse a un acuerdo vinculante y exigible con el sindicato STAS para defender los derechos de los trabajadores

Un informe conjunto del Foro Internacional de Derechos Laborales, el Proyecto Mundo Justo y la Secretaría Regional de América Latina de la Unión Internacional de Trabajadores de la Alimentación (Rel-UITA), con el apoyo de 3F International, publicado hoy revela violaciones de derechos humanos y laborales a largo plazo en las meloneras de Fyffes en Honduras.

Brands and Retailers Need to Step Up Now to Protect Garment Workers


The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the grossly unequal power relations that define global garment supply chains, with workers paying the price. Today the many organizations behind the world-wide Clean Clothes Campaign network are calling for action from brands and retailers -- as well as governments and other stakeholders -- that aims to mitigate the impact of this crisis on those already most exploited in supply chains and to build towards a future in which workers have access to living wages and a social safety net.

Covid-19 Related Worker Protections Needed for Garment/PPE Production in US


In a joint letter together with 28 other organizations, the International Labor Rights Forum and the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, the center for garment producton in the U.S., shared recommendations on worker health protection and workers’ rights measures for brands/manufacturers producing or sourcing apparel, textiles, and/or PPE from factories in the United States.

Covid-19 Continues to Ravage the Health and Livelihoods of Garment Workers


The global Covid-19 pandemic continues to grow and spread. Half of the world’s population is under some form of lock-down or movement restriction in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Garment workers in global supply chains, who already grapple with poverty wages and precarious living situations, face increasing insecurity as factories close in response to steep drops in orders and as governments shut down manufacturing to protect public health.

Brands Must Urgently Take Steps to Minimize Impact of the Coronavirus on Garment Workers’ Health and Livelihoods


The new coronavirus has reached global pandemic levels and is affecting people across the world, including garment workers in global supply chains. Protecting those most at risk means both taking steps to limit exposure and ensuring that people surviving on the poverty line are not pushed below it. Due to their low wages and widespread repression of freedom of association rights, garment workers already live in precarious situations and the economic fallout of the pandemic is having far-reaching consequences.

Global Coalition Calls for U.S. State Dept to Downgrade Thailand in TIP Report


The Seafood Working Group recommends that the U.S. State Department downgrade Thailand to Tier 2 Watch List in its forthcoming Trafficking in Persons Report 2020. The International Labor Rights Forum facilitates the Seafood Working Group, an internationally recognized coalition of over 60 human rights, labor, and environmental organizations that work together to advocate for effective government policies and industry actions to end worker exploitation in the seafood sector.

ILRF Calls for Greater Transparency on USG Implementation of Tariff Act


The U.S. has one of the most powerful tools for preventing the import of goods made by forced labor: the Tariff Act. Yet, Section 307 of the Tariff Act is rarely enforced.  In its new report released today – “Combatting Forced Labor and Enforcing Workers’ Rights Using the Tariff Act” – the International Labor Rights Forum explains why and offers recommendations for improvement. 

Deadly Indian Factory Fire Again Shows Need for Preventive Safety Measures and Justice for Workers


A fire in the two-story Nandan Denim factory in the Indian city of Ahmedabad a week ago on Saturday night killed at least seven workers. According to media reports, the high death toll was caused by severe safety defects in the factory. This fire thereby painfully shows the need for concerted preventive safety measures throughout India’s garment industry.

NGOs Call for Immediate Action from U.S. Customs to Block Import of Palm Oil Produced Using Forced Labor

New evidence of forced labor against Procter & Gamble’s joint venture partner, Malaysian company FGV

This week, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced it is suspending certification bids for the non-certified units of FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) — one of Malaysia’s largest palm oil companies and a joint venture partner of Procter & Gamble — as well as re-imposing the RSPO’s suspension of FGV’s mill unit Kilang Sawit Serting.

A Year After Crackdown, Hundreds of Workers Still Face Retaliatory Charges


A year ago, tens of thousands of workers in Bangladesh went on strike against the poverty wages that are pervasive in the country’s export-oriented garment industry. On January 13, 2019, a minimal wage revision was announced that, together with massive repression, led workers to end the demonstrations that had been going on since December. Thousands of workers were unable to go back to work, however, facing punishment for their peaceful protest through politically-motivated dismissals, blacklisting, and criminal charges.