In a guest blog for FLEX, Hannah Wilson and Aintzane Marquez from Women’s Link Worldwide write about the human rights violations experienced by Moroccan women migrant workers picking strawberries in Spain. Circular migration, also known as temporary migration, is meant to be a tripple win for workers, their country of origin and their host country. Yet, economic profit is often put before the human rights of workers by both states and businesses. Understanding what is happening to migrant workers in Spain is crucial for the UK, where the Government has proposed temporary migration schemes similar to the Morocco-Spain arrangement as part of its post-Brexit immigration plans.
Today sees the launch of new collaborative work to expose and address the immigration detention of victims of human trafficking. First, the launch of a new report by the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group exploring how victims of trafficking are being detained and why this is happening, with strong recommendations for government to change policies; and second, the launch of a new Taskforce on Victims of Trafficking in Immigration Detention, comprised of 11 expert organisations.
Yesterday, the Government published its response to the recommendations made by the Modern Slavery Act Review. The Review, commissioned by Government and undertaken by Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss, made 80 recommendations on ways in which the Government might strengthen this legislation and its application. FLEX responds to the Government's response here.
A new FLEX project, 'Turning up the volume: Putting workers’ voice at the heart of efforts to tackle labour abuse and exploitation in supply chains', funded by the Freedom Fund, is exploring how workers can gain more power in supply chains and participate in the creation of labour standards that benefit their daily lives.
FLEX is pleased to announce our new Chief Executive is Lucila Granada, who starts her role with us this week. Lucila looks forward to leading FLEX to tackle human trafficking for labour exploitation, focusing on labour rights for all, and protections and empowerment for those at risk of, or experiencing, abuse and exploitation.
For International Domestic Workers' Day 2019, Natalie Sedacca, a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at UCL Faculty of Laws, writes for FLEX on why it's time for the UK to learn from other countries and introduce better protections for migrant domestic workers.
Today, FLEX publishes two policy briefings on cocoa and garment supply chains respectively, finding workplace abuse, poverty and gender-based discrimination and more. The findings in these briefings come from a research project led by the University of Liverpool and funded by the British Academy with the Department for International Development. It sought to assess how transparency in supply chains for chocolate and clothes can help to protect human rights, including children’s rights, and the wellbeing of workers in low and middle-income countries.
Last month, the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group (LEAG) was joined by experts from the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) to learn more about this crucial topic. This blog describes seven key lessons from the event on how you can support migrant workers who have experienced labour exploitation in the UK.
Today FLEX publishes a new report entitled 'The risks of exploitation in temporary migration programmes: A FLEX response to the 2018 Immigration White Paper', along with a complementary policy briefing. These papers look in-depth at the three temporary migration programmes proposed in the 2018 Immigration White Paper, drawing on international and historical examples to show why these schemes pose a risk of labour abuse and exploitation. They provide constructive recommendations for Government on how to protect post-Brexit Britain from increased human trafficking for labour exploitation.
The final report of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has been published today. The Review throws down a strong challenge to government, calling on it to update and improve the Act in crucial areas, but leaves out crucial factors.
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