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Working for former masters in Madagascar: a ‘win-win’ game for former slaves?

Workers and landowners in the Malagasy highlands see sharecropping as an arrangement where both benefit, but that only holds as long as the former masters benefit most.

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Working for former masters in Madagascar: a ‘win-win’ game for former slaves?

Workers and landowners in the Malagasy highlands see sharecropping as an arrangement where both benefit, but that only holds as long as the former masters benefit most.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Modern slavery, Brexit, migration, and development: connecting the dots

Regardless of how one feels about migrants, protecting them in the labour market will bring benefits to all workers.

Working for former masters in Madagascar: a ‘win-win’ game for former slaves?

Workers and landowners in the Malagasy highlands see sharecropping as an arrangement where both benefit, but that only holds as long as the former masters benefit most.

The problem of “working for someone”: debt, dependence and labour exploitation in Chad

Precolonial elites used to enslave the farmers of rural Chad, now they hold them in debt bondage. How much has changed, how much has not?

'White slavery': the origins of the anti-trafficking movement

A nineteenth century drive to protect the morality of white women created the concept of ‘human trafficking’, and its legacies live on in border control systems and slavery-based campaigning.

Navigating unsafe workplaces in Costa Rica’s banana industry

Deeply rooted gender and class hierarchies mean that gender-based violence does not end at home - women are also vulnerable to workplace abuse.

Containment, resistance, flight: Migrant labour in the agro-industrial district of Foggia, Italy

A ‘special economic zone’ exists in southeastern Italy where the rules and standards of work do not apply. 

Ignoring the benefits of children’s work

Work can have many benefits for children. Policy responses need to understand and foster those benefits, not succumb to biases that assume all work is bad.

Time to take working children seriously

On the occasion of the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, it is time to listen to working children on what works for them – and what doesn’t.

Bizarre bureaucratic dysfunction in child labour

The ILO, UNICEF, and the Committee on the Rights of the Child promote policies known to harm children. What will make them engage with their critics?

The globalisation of dignity

Working children have been prevented from attending the ILO’s child labour conference, currently taking place in Buenos Aires. So they set up their own conference instead.

Declaratoria La Paz

Por la defensa global de la dignidad y el buen vivir de las niñas, niños y adolescentes trabajadores. English

Reclamo al Comité de los Derechos del Niño y la Niña

Los niños, niñas y adolescentes trabajadores reclaman al Comité de los Derechos del Niño y la Niña. English

Open Letter: complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

After being excluded from the IV Global Conference on the Eradication of Child Labour, working children and adolescents complain to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Español

The La Paz Declaration

For the global defence of the dignity and well-being of children and adolescents who work. Español

Extorted and exploited: Haitian labourers on Dominican sugar plantations

Haiti, a former sugar colony, was formed through the rebellion of slaves, yet now many Haitians find themselves completely subordinated to the private sugar companies of the Dominican Republic.

Agricultural investments in Tanzania: economic opportunities or new forms of exploitation?

Many are celebrating the fact that Tanzania is welcoming private investors in the agricultural sector, but who is really benefitting from these investments and at what cost?

Struggling on the wrong side of the chain: labour exploitation in global agriculture

This week’s special series discusses the working conditions, the dynamics of exploitation, and the degree of unfreedom of those trapped on the wrong side of local and global agriculture value chains.

Indigenous workers: the ‘modern slaves’ of Australia?

How can the Global Slavery Index claim Australia has so few ‘modern slaves’, when so many Indigenous men and women are pressed into labour by the Community Development Programme?

One year after the Jungle: a wasteland of misery and last hopes

People still live in the Jungle camp outside Calais, one year after the French police turned it into a wasteland. Cold, wet, constantly harassed – how much longer must they wait?

How not to achieve a sustainable development goal

Turf wars, unrealistic targets, and misconceptions of the problem. What else could go wrong in the quest to end 'modern slavery' and provide decent work for all?

Migration out of Senegal: ‘modern-day slave trade’ or long-held practice?

The Senegalese have been moving to survive for centuries – only the routes have changed.

Why roundabout solutions to forced labour don’t work

Without policies that explicitly address structurally-induced vulnerabilities, we are likely to continue to fail in our efforts to end forced labour.

40.3 million slaves: challenging the hypocrisy of modern slavery statistics

The new estimates on modern slavery hide incontrovertible biases within them, but their weight will be used to justify the actions of ‘white saviours’ for years to come.

Portrait of an Indian labour activist

From anti-imperial activism in the United States to garment sector organising in India, Anannya Bhattacharjee has spent a lot of time on the front lines.

Informal, but organised: the 30-year success of the Self Employed Women's Association of India

Coming together as a collective is a proven way to improve the pay and labour conditions for informal workers in India.

The social and political roots of exploitation in India

What is it that allows severe labour rights abuses to flourish in India? The answer is more complicated than poverty alone.

The UK, ‘modern slavery’, and the elephant in the room: prevention

Europe hosts many examples of how to prevent exploitation in national labour markets. This EU Anti-Trafficking Day, why doesn’t the UK follow suit?

The presence of the past: lessons of history for anti-trafficking work

Those fighting against modern slavery draw inspiration from the abolitionists of yesteryear, but their misappropriation of the transatlantic slave trade is dangerous.

Southern perspectives on development: the missing link in discussions on modern slavery

Isn’t it strange that so few people who are assumed to be ‘modern slaves’ see themselves as such?

Basic income’s third wave

The drive toward a basic income isn’t new. It’s a 100-year-old movement that has gotten stronger each time inequality has returned to the public discussion.

Could India support a basic income?

After a successful pilot project in Madhya Pradesh the India Network for Basic Income is setting its sights higher.

Eight reasons why we shouldn’t use the term ‘modern slavery’

The imperialist and racist undertones of ‘modern slavery’ should be troubling for anybody seeking to advance human rights.

40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

The new slavery estimates will guide international policy for years to come, which is why we need to start taking their data limitations seriously.

Organising the unorganised in India

When will the workers of India become sufficiently united to demand a change in terms?

Corporate social responsibility should start with giving workers a fair wage

The global garment and textile industry is worth billions. Why can't workers in Tamil Nadu get their fair share?

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