only search openDemocracy.net

REPORT: Confronting root causes: forced labour in global supply chains

Genevieve LeBaron, Neil Howard, Cameron Thibos and Penelope Kyritsis

Subcontracting and forced labour in Italy: a tale of depoliticised labour relations

In Italy, discourses around labour subcontracting in the agricultural sector serve an important purpose: obscuring the root causes of labour exploitation.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Subcontracting and forced labour in Italy: a tale of depoliticised labour relations

In Italy, discourses around labour subcontracting in the agricultural sector serve an important purpose: obscuring the root causes of labour exploitation.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Dispelling myths: why domestic employer-worker solidarity is not so far-fetched

Important research from California shows that many employers have more in common with the domestic workers they employ than you might think.

A win-win scenario? The fight for domestic workers’ rights benefits employers too

Employers can be key actors in the struggle for decent work for domestic workers, and this does not need to be against their interests.

Beyond ‘maids and madams’: can employers be allies in new policies for domestic workers’ rights?

Workers have led significant campaigns the fight for domestic workers rights. But what about employers? How can they contribute to the fight?

Understanding the interpersonal and the structural context of domestic work

Domestic employer-worker relationships can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  

How President Trump is fueling Honduran migration north

Why is the United States supporting an authoritarian regime in Honduras that is bulldozing democracy and human rights? Español

Cómo el presidente Trump está provocando la migración hondureña hacia el norte

¿Por qué Estados Unidos apoya al régimen autoritario en Honduras, que está arrasando la democracia y los derechos humanos? English

In lieu of a silver bullet: #metoo in the global workplace

When we talk about gender-based violence in the world of work, we need to talk about non-white, non-wealthy women too.

La sociedad civil frente al retroceso de libertades

Se está reduciendo el espacio para una acción efectiva de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y muchos grupos temen las repercusiones cuando desafían al gobierno. English

Civil society and the clampdown on freedoms

The space for effective action is narrowing for civil society organisations, and many groups fear repercussions when they challenge the government. Español

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: where do we go from here?

A lot of work remains to be done in order to end forced labour. Thankfully, organisers and advocates around the globe are pioneering promising solutions. It's time to follow their lead.

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: governance gaps

Governance gaps help employers push problems of forced labour even deeper into the shadows of supply chains.

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: outsourcing

Outsourcing allows big brands to distance themselves from big human rights abuses, including forced labour.

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: irresponsible sourcing practices

Forced labour is illegal and its risks are widely documented. Yet so many companies continue to use irresponsible sourcing practices – established triggers of forced labour. Why is this the case?

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: concentrated corporate power and ownership

Multinational corporations are becoming increasingly powerful – and this has serious implications for workers at the bottom of supply chains. 

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: restrictive mobility regimes

Border restrictions are often justified as measures to protect migrants from "trafficking", but borders actually increase migrants' vulnerability to forced labour and labour exploitation. 

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: limited labour protection

Freedom from forced labour depends on workers' ability to access labour protections. Why are so many them unable to do so?

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: identity and discrimination

Social discrimination based on race, caste, gender and other factors is a crucial component of the forced labour equation. 

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: poverty

Poverty isn’t just about lacking money –  it interacts with the demands of the market society to shape people’s vulnerability to forced labour.

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: globalisation and the rise of supply chains

Too often, globalisation is viewed as inevitable. How does this shape our understanding of the link between globalisation and forced labour?

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: the meaning of freedom

Where does the force in 'forced labour' come from? Those who believe that poverty and globalisation are the root causes of forced labour need a broader understanding of freedom and coercion.

Confronting root causes: forced labour in global supply chains

Forced labour is all around us, but not how you think. 'Confronting root causes' pulls together research from across the world to explain where it comes from and what we can do about it.

A tale of two conferences: exploring the politics of global child labour policies

Two international conferences on child labour were held in South America this fall. In one working children participated, the other not. The results couldn't have been more different.

Migration in the time of empire

Millions migrated to work the plantations following the abolition of slavery in the British and French empires. Like today they needed help to do so, and like today that help wanted its cut. 

Bitter grapes? Slavery, labour, and memory in the Cape winelands

South Africa’s vineyards have been accused of practicing ‘modern-day slavery’, but few ask why exploitative practices from the past continue. A few new museums in the area seek to start this conversation.

Libyan outrage: slavery or borders?

A recent CNN video of an apparent ‘slave auction’ in Libya has caused horror on social media, but the term slavery hides the European migration policies leading to such abuse.

Immobility as protection in the regime of immigration controls

Immigration regimes have never been about ‘protecting migrants’ – they are and always have been about maintaining power over them. When will we starting naming them for what they are?

What’s the difference between having no choice and being forced to choose?

The history of indentured workers in the Caribbean has a lot to teach us about ‘human trafficking’ today.

Freeloaders, blackmailers and lost souls: rescued sex trafficking survivors in the hands of the assistance

Women rescued from traumatic experiences need empathy and emotional support. Too often, what they receive instead is moralising judgement and a lack of care.

Modern Vietnamese slaves in the UK: are raid and rescue operations appropriate?

The arbitrary and controversial categorisation of people as modern slaves in need of rescue does not reflect the complex reality and expectations of many who fall foul of it.

From Geneva to Guwahati: demanding fair wages for Assam’s tea workers

As the UN meets in Geneva to discuss human rights the tea workers in Guwahati are standing up for theirs.

Beyond ‘raid and rescue’: time to acknowledge the damage being done

Raid and rescue operations are widely portrayed as heroic efforts to save the innocent from the evil. But, as this BTS series makes clear, the reality is not so clear-cut.

Rescue by ‘force’ or rescue by ‘choice’

The dividing line between consent and coercion, freedom and force, is far blurrier than many of us tend to think.

Critical reflections on raid and rescue operations in New Delhi

Accompanying a raid and rescue operation poses difficult questions for those involved, pushing the boundaries between victim and non-victim.

Interview: forced rescue and humanitarian trafficking

Many anti-trafficking oragnisations prioritise donor preferences over actually improving the lives of 'vitcims'.

Using an intersectional approach to raid and rescue

Raid and rescue relies on a simplistic understanding of violence and vulnerability. If we are serious about ending gender-based violence, we need to get intersectional in our diagnosis and our response.

Syndicate content