Enforcing Migrant Workers’ Labour Rights- Lessons from Trade Unions

Posted at March 7th 2023 12:00 AM | Updated as of March 7th 2023 12:00 AM


On February 23, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Migrant Justice Institute, Solidarity Center, the ILAW Network and MIDEQ conducted a global discussion on the ways in which unions are successfully supporting migrant workers to achieve labour justice.  Around the world, migrant workers are routinely subject to exploitation and forced labour, including wage theft. Unions can play a critical role in holding employers and supply chain businesses to account and ensuring migrant workers can obtain redress. In the webinar, unions discussed about their strategies and recent achievements in recovering unpaid wages of migrant workers in different regions of the world.

The following speakers intervened during the event: 

  • Philipp Schwertmann, Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS (Germany)
  • Shiella Estrada, Pinay Care workers Transnational (Hong Kong)
  • Kıvanç Eliaçık, DISK (Turkey)
  • Vivienne Wiles, CFMMEU (Australia)
  • Edwin Atema, FNV (Netherlands)
  • Bassina Farbenblum, Migrant Justice Institute (Australia/global)
  • Irem Arf, ITUC - Moderator

If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.