UNODC and ILO join forces to promote fair recruitment

UNODC and ILO join forces to promote fair recruitment

30 June 2015

Increasing international labour mobility brings risks as well as opportunities. To help prevent abusive and fraudulent recruitment of workers across borders. The ILO and UNODC have joined together in a call for action that asks governments and other concerned stakeholders to consider taking the following actions:

  • Adopt and strengthen, in line with international standards, national laws, particularly labour, migration and criminal laws and other regulatory measures, to address the entire spectrum of fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices that may lead to trafficking in persons;
  • Raise awareness amongst recruiters, private employment agencies and employers in the private and public sectors on due diligence and best practices on how to eliminate abusive and fraudulent recruitment practices;
  • Enable cooperation among relevant government agencies, workers’ organisations, employers’ organisations and representatives of private employment agencies; promote strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors, and facilitate exchange of good practices within common migration routes
  • Create complaint mechanisms and ensure that migrant workers who have experienced abusive and fraudulent recruitment practices or subsequent exploitation, gain access to justice and effective remedies, such as compensation
  • Ensure the Right to Freedom of Association, maximise collective bargaining coverage and support trade unions in their efforts to organize workers, including migrant workers, to better protect them from exploitation during or resulting from the recruitment process;
  • Foster the transparent and participatory negotiation, conclusion and effective implementation of bilateral and regional agreements, rooted in international standards, as well as other specific mechanisms to ensure improved international coordination and cooperation and to close regulatory and enforcement gaps across common labour migration routes;
  • Ensure that national mechanisms to regulate the recruitment of migrant workers are integrated into labour migration policies and relevant bilateral and regional agreements, to ensure coherence between national laws and policies governing labour recruitment and the broader policies relating to employment, skills, and education;
  • Promote the ratification of relevant UN and ILO Conventions

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