Forced labour

Forced labour

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Do not use prison or forced labour. Workers have permission to leave the factory under reasonable circumstances, such as personal or family emergencies. Workers are not required to leave any original ID documents or monetary deposits at the factory, with employers or agents acting for employers. Overtime has to be performed voluntarily. No labour should be demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. Do not under any circumstances support forced or bonded labour, trafficking or the exploitation of human beings in general. Trafficking and exploiting another human being for the purpose of monetary gain is not in alignment with the NICE ideals. Such actions can only be condemned in every respect.

The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour

Acting of one's own free will is essential in creating a viable business. Forced labour undermines the society in which you do business, reducing the lifetime earnings of whole families and depriving societies of the opportunity to develop human resources for the modern labour market. An inhuman number of involuntary overtime hours above legal limit can to a certain extent be considered a form of modern slavery.

According to article 2, paragraph 1 of ILO Convention No. 29 on Forced Labour, forced labour is defined as “all work or services exacted from any persons under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily”.

Bonded labour occurs when workers are obliged to keep on working to reimburse a debt to the employer of a credit facilitator, often because they are subject to penalties or deductions in the context of their work.

How?

  • Communicate to all workers that your factory does not tolerate any kind of forced labour
  • Ensure that all overtime is voluntary, through audits or regular assessments
  • Do not keep workers’ ID documents, passports or tickets
  • Pay wages directly to the worker Ensure that workers who have to leave the factory do not suffer any penalties as a result
  • Do not restrict or limit workers in any way when they need access to religious facilities, toilets or drinking water
  • Train supervisors and workers on your policies In cases where you use contractors or agents for labour recruitment, ensure that the terms of employment for those workers do not include conditions violating the ILO Forced Labour Convention
  • Do not withhold any part of worker wages in an effort to prevent them from resigning

 

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