Empowering and protecting workers

Explore and exchange on how workers organizations can enhance their action to build migrant workers power, monitor recruitment practices, tackle abuses and advocate for improved policies and regulations.



Workers, especially migrant workers, can be at risk of a range of violations of human and labour rights during the recruitment process. The FRI supports and partners with trade unions to advance fair recruitment, protect workers’ rights, promote empowerment and organization.  Under this thematic focus members will learn about trade unions strategies and promising practices on organizing migrant workers, as well as on monitoring recruitment practices and tackle recruitment related abuses. In partnership with the International Trade Union Confederation, tools such as the ITUC recruitment Advisor, research materials and tools will be shared and promoted.


Members will have opportunities to engage with workers organizations globally, share experiences, challenges and opportunities in organizing migrant workers and effectively address recruitment related challenges and abuses.  The objective under this thematic are to enhance awareness and capacities of workers organizations to support and organize migrant workers, provide them with effective services in case of recruitment related abuses, better monitor recruitment practices and effectively engage with government and employers organizations for regulatory and policy reform.

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IRIS Handbook for Governments on Ethical Recruitment and Migrant Worker Protection: Chapter 3 – Strengthening the effectiveness of inspectorates

IRIS Handbook for Governments on Ethical Recruitment and Migrant Worker Protection: Chapter 2 – Implementing and improving licensing frameworks



July 2023 Coming Soon

Interregional meeting: Strengthening cooperation of trade unions from Africa and from Arab States to advance Fair Recruitment, Freedom of Association and Just Transition for Migrant Workers


12:00am-12:00am CET


December 2022 Completed

ITUC Global online meeting on International Migrants Day


11:00am-12:30pm CET


November 2022 Completed

Mesa redonda virtual: Protección de los derechos de los trabajadores migrantes en situación irregular

En línea

3:00pm-5:00pm CET


November 2022 Completed

Table ronde virtuelle : Protection des droits des travailleurs migrants en situation irrégulière

En ligne

3:00pm-5:00pm CET

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