Jul 27, 2016

Labor Confederation calls out World Bank on Labor Standards

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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) called on the World Bank to adhere to ILO standards in its proposed new labor safeguard policy. While the inclusion of a labor safeguard within the World Bank’s social and environmental policy is marked as a positive development, the current language is still problematic and fails to meet international labor standards. In the proposed policy, Freedom of association in World Bank financed projects must be respected only “in a manner consistent with national laws”, many of which do not protect freedom of association. The Policy also shifts the responsibility for identifying risks of child labor, forced labor and dangerous working conditions in primary supply chains from the World Bank and the client country, and onto suppliers. Read more here.