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Ban forced labour and modern slavery!
Football fans around the world are preparing for the World Cup to start, but the tournament remains overshadowed by situations of forced labour and violation of human rights. Qatar has already achieved progress in the run-up to the World Cup, although much remains to be done to put an end to forced labour and improve dangerous working and living conditions, especially for domestic workers. We stand up for human rights and call to end forced labour altogether – in Europe and beyond.
OUR VISION - A WORLD FREE FROM FORCED LABOUR
Worldwide around 25 million people are estimated to be in forced labour, being made to work against their will under threat of punishment. The products they make can end up in the European market, making European citizens unwillingly consumers and contributors to this exploitation. This has to stop!
END MODERN SLAVERY: BAN PRODUCTS MADE WITH FORCED LABOUR FROM THE EU MARKET
The EU must make sure that we stop fuelling the demand for forced labour. Products tainted with forced labour do not have any place on our shelves. We need strong EU rules to prevent such goods from entering the European market.
OUR KEY DEMANDS
- An EU import ban on products made with forced labour. A similar ban already exists in the US and Canada. It should allow EU authorities to stop products tainted with forced labour from entering the EU market at the border. The ban should be based on ILO conventions and will complement the new 'due diligence' rules (which requires companies to respect human rights and environmental standards in their supply chains).
- Remediation for workers affected by forced labour, paid and provided by the companies responsible. The terms should be agreed with trade unions and based on international standards. Remediation must be offered before any import restrictions are lifted.
- A safe and secure complaints procedure. Stakeholders concerned about products made (in part or in whole) with forced labour should have the right to make a complaint to the relevant authorities without fear of reprisal. There should be a formalised and secure procedure, and a system at EU level to ensure transparency of all procedures launched.