Does the IFC still have the leverage to push for labour rights?

“On Saturday 10 April 2021, a meeting was held between the company management of Karot Power Company LTD – a special-purpose vehicle incorporated in Pakistan and majority-owned by China Three …

“There must be zero tolerance of modern slavery in the shipping industry”

“When International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector Darren Proctor visited the Panama-flagged Tahsin in Gloucestershire, UK, in July 2017, he found evidence of the Turkish, Georgian and Indian crew drinking seawater as …

Leaving no one behind in the city: ensuring just transitions for public transport workers

“There is a general consensus that cities and public transport will play a central role in the recovery from Covid-19. Some have called this the “urban opportunity”. From investments in …

Uber’s UK U-turn: the exploitative gig economy employment model is not dead but it may be at an inflection point

“Under normal circumstances, any company making a bombastic declaration that it will partially respect a court decision would be met with a chorus of derision. Yet, Uber’s announcement on 16 March 2021 that …

After Tazreen Fashions and Rana Plaza, Covid-19 once again exposes the human cost of fast fashion

“On 11 March 2021 it will be one year since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. And while almost every sector in every country on the planet has …

During a pandemic, democracy at work is even more important than ever

““I don’t mind working, but I do mind dying.” This slogan comes from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, whose members protested, among other things, against the dangers of working on …

Auditing firms shouldn’t provide cover for the inaction of global brands on low wages

“The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the brute commercial power brands and retailers wield over garment and textile factories. It has been a harsh reminder that brands and retailers hold significant influence when …

Special report: Just transition – PUTTING PLANET, PEOPLE AND JOBS FIRST

Unions are at the forefront of the challenges the world is facing today. Income and wealth inequality are at historic levels, driving people to despair, anger and protest. Too many …

Decent work: the key to the trade unions response to the pandemic in the Americas

“At the start of the pandemic in the region, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) issued a position paper and a set of guidelines that emerged from dozens of meetings …

Despite landmark legal protections, women continue to face gender-based violence in pandemic-era Tunisia

“In Tunisia, during the two and a half months of lockdown introduced on 21 March to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the ‘1899 Green Line’ managed by the Ministry …

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