Labour protection: Commissioner Andor welcomes adoption of new international standards to protect victims of forced labour and seafarers
László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has welcomed the adoption by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of two new international instruments to combat forced labour, and the approval of important amendments to the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention.
Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, said: “I very much welcome the adoption of the Protocol and the Recommendation supplementing the ILO Forced Labour Convention. Now we must ensure these standards are applied globally. We must prevent forced labour and trafficking in human beings, protect and support the victims, and we must do it together.”
New Protocol and Recommendation on Forced labour
The International Labour Conference adopted a new Protocol and a new Recommendation to supplement the Forced Labour Convention. These instruments provide for measures to prevent the use of forced labour, in particular in the context of trafficking in human beings. They require signatory countries to improve the protection of victims and provide access to appropriate and effective remedies, such as compensation. They also enhance international cooperation in the fight against forced or compulsory labour.
The adoption of these new instruments is of great importance for the European Union, not only because their provisions echo the principles of EU legislation and policies, but also because many EU international instruments refer to the ratification and effective implementation of the core ILO labour standards.
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