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NEW PODCASTS: The future of trade unions – masterclass series

Revitalising trade unions depends on new ideas and learning from what works. A new series of podcasts co-produced with Unions 21 presents new insights on key issues facing unions.

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NEW PODCASTS: The future of trade unions – masterclass series

Revitalising trade unions depends on new ideas and learning from what works. A new series of podcasts co-produced with Unions 21 presents new insights on key issues facing unions.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Lucha contra la trata de personas: encubriendo los programas de lucha contra la inmigración

Los programas contra la trata de personas proporcionan una apariencia humanitaria a los controles nacionales contra la inmigración, pero las políticas migratorias y de ciudadanía de los Estados nación siguen siendo el mayor peligro al que se enfrentan muchas personas migrantes. English

Traduciendo Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: la historia detrás del hecho

La Alianza Global contra la Trata de Mujeres (GAATW) ha trabajado durante meses para hacer accesible en español el trabajo principal de Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. Averigua por qué. English

Translating Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: the backstory

The Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW) has worked for months to bring much of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery’s core work into Spanish. Find out why. Español

Trata de personas: de la indignación a la acción

Para tener alguna posibilidad en el combate contra la trata, deberíamos trabajar para eliminar las comisiones por el reclutamiento de las personas trabajadoras, defender un salario mínimo global y buscar formas de criminalizar el conocimiento o el uso irresponsable de los servicios ofrecidos por víctimas de trata. English

Revisitando la «carga del hombre blanco»

La lucha contra la trata de personas es un movimiento imperialista contemporáneo que supone que «occidente» salvará «al resto del mundo», lo que parece una nueva versión de la "la carga del hombre blanco" (el supuesto deber de los colonizadores blancos de cuidar de persona indígenas en sus posesiones coloniales). El actual abolicionismo de la esclavitud, el feminismo abolicionista y el humanitarismo de las celebridades conforman este renovado imperialismo. English

The criminal law as sledgehammer: the paternalist politics of India’s 2018 Trafficking Bill

India's new trafficking bill relies exclusively on the stick to achieve its goals. It will fail.

Big brands: the missing voice in the fight to end gender-based violence at work

New research shows why multinational corporations should support a ILO convention to stop gender-based violence in the workplace.

Is the Global Compact for Migration truly doing justice to gender?

The Global Compact for Migration is supposed to put gender concerns front and centre, but as the negotiations draw to a close it is clear that this has not happened.

Sexual harassment at Walmart’s stores and suppliers in China

Neither CSR nor local laws are protecting the workers in Walmart’s supplier factories from exploitation and gender-based violence. We need an instrument with more teeth.

It comes with the job: how brands share responsibility for mass faintings in Cambodian garment factories

The people making clothes for export in Cambodia are fainting at their posts. Why?

Three lessons the labour movement must learn from the Fight for 15 at Walmart

Social media, the power of reputational damage, and effective communications are powerful tools for trade union organising.

A call for the revival of political and economic education

Political and economic education is pitiful, and via political parties, the education system and trade unions, it desperately needs to be revived.

Embracing data is key to the future of unions

Learning to read and predict our changing environment through strategic use of data is crucial for the survival of trade unions.

Almost legal: migrant sex work in New Zealand

New Zealand is lauded as the world's only country to fully decriminalise sex work, yet a catch makes that of little comfort to the temporary migrants working in the trade.

Building up the bundle of sticks: new ideas for union organising

A mini-series of blogs, published by SPERI and openDemocracy, will present new ideas for how unions can organise and engage with the workforce.

Nameless and un-mourned: identifying migrant bodies in the Mediterranean

The human right to identity of countless undocumented migrant bodies is being disregarded by the inadequate body management and identification efforts – more must be done. 

Sex workers organising for change

Sex workers around the world are teaming up to accomplish what so few policymakers are willing to do: make their working lives better.

From #metoo to a global convention on sexual harassment at work

We need a binding global convention on violence and harassment in the world of work.

Playing games with child trafficking in India

The computer game (UN)TRAFFICKED puts the fate of a 13-year-old potential trafficking victim in the player’s hands, without ever allowing the girl to speak for herself. 

Why is Ireland still placing people detained for immigration-related purposes in prisons?

Research from Nasc sheds light on the treatment of those refused ‘leave to land’ at Irish borders and individuals held in detention for immigration-related purposes.

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

No loopholes, no exceptions

Domestic workers and farmworker women join forces to end sexual violence in their industries, leaving no one behind.

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.

Changing the conversation on labour migration in Southeast Asia

A regional study interrogates some of the commonly held assumptions about which factors lead to better outcomes for migrant workers.

The false promise of the Nordic model of sex work

The model of criminalising only the clients of sex workers is becoming increasingly popular, but what do those working with sex workers in Finland actually think of it?

When is sex work 'decent work'?

The world is aiming to have ‘decent work for all’ by 2030. What could that look like for one of the most stigmatised professions in the world?

If you control movement, you control sex workers

Sex work in Switzerland isn’t in itself illegal, but for irregular migrants working in the industry that is little comfort.

Crossed boundaries? Migrants and police on the French-Italian border

An eyewitness account and analysis of what it means for French customs officials to force a Nigerian man to urinate in Italy. 

'Let the market decide': the ultimate cop-out in the fight against labour exploitation

Consumers don't have the time or the spare cash to only purchase ethically from companies they've thoroughly researched. Why do we pretend they do?

Always an afterthought: women in the informal sector

Millions of women work in the Indian informal sector, but very few have a voice at the table. One labour organiser explains their challenges and what they really need from western allies.

Searching for social justice in India

How does one tackle inequality within the caste system?

Hidden in plain sight: forced labour constructing China

Invisible coercion through withheld wages, lack of employment contracts, and discrimi-nation of migrant workers is widespread in China's construction sector.

Neoabolitionism’s last laugh: India must rethink trafficking

India’s new trafficking bill seeks a wide array of new powers to punish, but does nothing to address the causes of exploitation in the first place.

Waves of suffocation: two years of the EU-Turkey deal

Two years ago Chios transformed from a waypoint into a detention centre. A local resident asks, was stripping the island of its humanity worth it? 

The draft global compact on migration fails one of its guiding principles. Here is how to fix it.

As delegates begin to debate Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, they must be careful not to undermine already existing rights.

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