Despite the efforts of trade unions and NGOs, seafarer abandonment is on the rise

“I didn’t think fate would be so hard on me.” Sahabaj Khan, an Indian seafarer, never imagined that he would find himself in a situation like this. He and three …

In the United States, the digital giants are baring their claws against emerging support for trade unions

“A little grey letterbox could lead to huge changes for employees at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse in Alabama. On 9 April, workers at the site overwhelmingly voted against the creation of a …

With the government reluctant to ratify ILO C176, Pakistan’s miners are condemned to work in death traps

“Mohammad Israr, 17, says that he prays with a heavy heart every time he enters the deadly coal mine in the mineral-rich, south-western province of Balochistan that claimed the life …

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 …

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