UK signs up to international commitment to prevent forced labour
Today, 22 January, the UK became the third country in the world to sign up to an important international commitment to prevent forced labour and to protect all workers from exploitation.
The UK has joined Norway and Niger in ratifying the International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Protocol on Forced Labour.
Building on the Forced Labour Convention of 1930, the Protocol adds requirements for governments to raise awareness, address the causes of exploitation, and strengthen legislation to tackle labour exploitation. Importantly it emphasises the need to both support and protect victims of forced labour.
Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), an organisation working to end human trafficking for labour exploitation, has welcomed this move but cautioned that some aspects of the UK Immigration Bill threaten to weaken labour inspection and therefore the UK compliance with the Protocol.
More information on the website of Focus on Labour Exploitation