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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.

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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.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Sisters in solidarity: the communal care of domestic workers in the Middle East

Jordan has recognised domestic workers in local labour laws, but many workers are still stuck in dire situations with few good options available to them.

The David and Goliath struggle in global supply chains

The only way to really bargain with brands is to bargain globally.

Re-thinking refugee protection: focusing on people and safe passage

Efforts in Canada to provide safe passage for refugees prove that people power can not only shift public policy, but also save lives.

The difference self-organising makes: the creative resistance of domestic workers

Informal networks of self-help and mutual care have given rise to a workers-led alliance in Lebanon to fight for the rights of domestic workers.

Is Foxconn a fantasy? The high cost of bringing manufacturing jobs to Wisconsin

Who are the real winners of Foxconn's investment in Wisconsin?

From runaway domestic worker to organiser in Singapore

Endless chores, verbal abuse, and physical confinement.

Interview: in pursuit of decent work

Why do states make it so easy for corporations to exploit their populations?

Let’s write a contract and call me house manager: experiences of a workers’ cooperative

Domestic labourer are not recognised as workers under South Korean law, but worker-led initiatives are transforming the face of how this work is perceived and managed.

When local and migrant domestic workers fight together

Care workers put their hearts into the job. Is asking for recognition and rights in return too much?

National trade unions in a globalised world

Transnational bargaining, corporate accountability, and a full revamp of the global labour architecture – these are the challenges facing unions as they seek to address exploitation in global supply chains.

An undisrupted status quo? Voices from the supply chain revisited

Not much has changed since the ILO began to discuss decent work in supply chains 12 months ago.

Broken laws and unprotected workers: the conditions of foreign workers in Taiwan

Care workers in Taiwan are being worked to the point of exhaustion, with dangerous consequences. Could basic rights make life better for workers and recipients alike?

The Filipino Kasambahay’s long struggle against invisibility

With more than one million domestic workers in the Philippines there is massive potential for collective action. From small beginnings huge strides have already been made.

Calais after the jungle: migrant dispersal and the expulsion of humanitarianism

French authorities are working hard to keep migrants either stationary and submissive or perpetually on the move in order to prevent them from coalescing into communities or forming alliances.

Dignity and visibility for domestic workers: no longer workers in the shadow!

The roots of prejudice against domestic workers in India run deep.

Improving anti-trafficking strategies: why sex workers should be involved

Sex work and human trafficking are often conflated, but what if – instead of voiceless victims – sex workers were seen as active agents working to prevent exploitation within their own sector?

“A few steps forward, still a long way to go”: old issues, new movements

A critical approach to domestic work based on our lived experiences.

The anti-slavery charter and the global campaign to end slavery

Slavery is about power and its unequal distribution. Anti-Slavery International has released a new charter that recognises that truth and lays out what's needed to start shifting that balance.

How do we make labour rights real?

Domestic workers have achieved many gains in Colombia in the past years. Now they're setting their sights higher.

The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

Today, through this text, I want to claim my rights and those of my compañeras.

Story of a domestic worker in Africa: migrant, unionist and community leader

It takes a lot of legwork to organise some of the world’s most invisible workers.

Drowning mothers

As refugees try to cross the Mediterranean Sea - women are more likely to drown.

Portrait of a Greek refugee camp

Refugee camps are neither all milk and honey nor are they all misery and suffering. To find a way forward, we must first understand where we are.

My experience as a domestic worker union leader in Nairobi

Union officials alerted me to the wrongs happening in my own workplace. Now I campaign with them to promote the rights of all domestic workers in Kenya.

My own private basic income

One person’s experience becoming a business owner shows how our economy is based on luck rather than merit and how it rewards people who own stuff rather than people who do stuff.

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Domestic work is decent work

A founder of the domestic workers movement in South Africa recounts the struggle for labour protections and rights that began in the time of apartheid.

Organising domestic workers across Africa: a regional view

In less than 10 years domestic workers in Africa have gone from barely any organisational contact to a thriving movement, but there is still a long way to go.

“Our subaltern position is determined by the law!”: the struggle for visibility in Spain

Recent developments in Spanish law have put domestic workers on a firmer footing, but there’s a long way to go before they are treated at equal to workers in other sectors.

Werk woorden - Words of labour

A collection of terms from the ILO Convention 189 accompanied with stories from domestic workers.

Justice for domestic workers: it’s about rights, not protection

Britain’s drive to limit migration has removed many of the rights migrant domestic workers once had in the UK. Could collective organising help bring them back?

From personal to political, and back: the story of the Filipino Women’s Council

For more than 25 years the Filipino Women’s Council in Italy has worked to improve the lives of their community. Could their path serve as a model?

A chapter of our shared history: from servants to domestic workers in Italy

Understand domestic labour in Italy through the history of one of their oldest organisations, ACLI Colf.

“And we continue to meet”: domestic workers stand up in France

In a realm where many employers ignore their responsibilities, domestic workers’ best chance is to empower themselves.

Out from the shadows: domestic workers speak in the United States

Long exempt from most labour protections, domestic workers in the United States can show an increasingly flexibilised workforce how to survive in the new economy.

Domestic workers speak: a global landscape of voices for labour rights and social recognition

Less than 20 years ago domestic workers began to demand rights and recognition. A new series shows that while they’ve made substantial progress, there is still a long way to go.

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