ALP Response to IASC ‘Operation Fort – Addressing the Underlying Causes’

ALP’s response to the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s recommendations to support ethical businesses to embed human rights due diligence into the DNA of their organisation and supply chain – so that worker exploitation is minimised wherever possible and remediated where identified.

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Addressing Food Industry Labour Shortages

Labour supply in the UK has been tightening for a number of years. A challenging environment is now tipping into crisis with both labour providers and employers agreeing that the food industry will not have access to the labour it needs this year or in the foreseeable future.  This paper examines the causes and suggests actions to address.

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Promising practices for fair recruitment

This promising practice is part of a series, and results from a stocktaking exercise undertaken five years after the launch of the Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI).

Law amendment concerning management of migrant workers in Thailand 
Revision of the Law on Contract-Based Overseas Workers 
Italian National Action Plan to tackle labour exploitation, unlawful recruitment and forced labour in agriculture 
Nepal – Bilateral labour agreements include provisions related to fair recruitment  
Bangladesh – Government capacity enhanced to promote fair recruitment in bilateral negotiations and arrangements 
Tunisia – Formation of a new body of inspectors for the recruitment industry  
India – Blacklisting employers and recruiters abroad to protect Indian migrant workers  
Piloting fair recruitment from Bangladesh to Qatar in the construction sector  
Fair recruitment pilot between Nepal and Jordan in the garment sector  
Mexico - Fair recruitment practice by recruitment agency adapted to COVID-19  
Code of Conduct on the fair recruitment of Filipino migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong (China)  
Code of Conduct in international supply chains by Responsible Business Alliance 
Commitment to fair recruitment and due diligence in the sugar and palm oil industry of Guatemala   (English) Guatemala – Compromiso con la contratación equitativa y la debida diligencia en el sector guatemalteco del azúcar y el aceite de palma (Español)
Zero recruitment fee policy for (migrant) workers in Jordan 
Guatemala – Outreach through trade unions including attention to COVID-19 (English) Guatemala – Difusión a través de los sindicatos, incluida la atención a la COVID-19 (Español)
Raising Pakistani migrant worker’s awareness of their right to fair recruitment

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The Hiring Challenge

Many of us rely on domestic workers to help care for our loved ones and manage our homes. Most of us use an employment agency to help hire the right person. Yet finding a good employment agency is fraught with problems - unlicensed businesses, illegal fees, hidden costs, and poor service.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a new immersive online gaming experience, aimed at raising awareness amongst employers of migrant domestic workers of the risks of deception and abuse faced by both workers and employers during the hiring process. It provides employers with guidance on how they can contribute towards positive change.


The Hiring Challenge casts the user in the role of a soon-to-be parent trying to hire a migrant domestic worker in Hong Kong (China) using an employment agency. The player’s task is to navigate a series of real-life choices in order to find an agency that provides a professional service, whilst at the same time not exploiting the worker they will eventually hire. The task is harder than it sounds.

The gamified experience has multiple outcomes and provides the user with recommendations on how they can improve their real-world strategy based on their final score.

The experience draws on Behavioural Insights research and is part of an ongoing collaboration with the University of Geneva to identify message frames targeting employers of domestic workers that are most likely to trigger behaviour change. The Hiring Challenge website is produced by the FAIR II project, with the support of the Swiss Development Cooperation, and is part of the wider work done globally to promote fair recruitment through the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative .

 

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Agents of Change? Assessing Hong Kong employment agencies´ compliance with the Code of Practice

This report, based on a survey of over 450 migrant domestic workers, examines the implementation of the Hong Kong government’s Code of Practice for Employment Agencies (CoP), and its impact on the human and labour rights of domestic workers in the territory.

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