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European Parliament: Report to fight against forced labour signed

Translated Thursday 24 September 2015, by Rosalind Sanders

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted the report by Patrick Le Hyaric, MEP from the European United Left.

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted the report by Patrick Le Hyaric, MEP from the European United Left, by 566 votes for, 9 against and 27 abstentions. It calls for Member States to ratify a protocol updating the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Forced Labour Convention. Forced labour affects 21 million people worldwide, 1.6 of whom are in Europe. The current convention dates back to 1930, and so must be updated to deal with the new challenges we now face. The Member States that sign it will then have to take extra measures to inform vulnerable people of their rights. Foreign workers must be protected “irrespective of their presence or legal status in the national territory”. The rapporteur calls for the European institutions to show determination in their “relations with other countries who do not respect the ILO convention”


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