States responsibility for Home Grown Slavery from Africa to Europe
How migration laws, trade laws and labour laws conflict with one another to create #HomeGrownSlavery
HOMEGROWN SLAVERY DAY: UN target 8.7
Holding States responsible and accountable for modern"homegrown" slavery
A campaign by migrants with lived experience, lived expertise and shared experience
July 1st , 2021
Exploitation of migrant workers is causing long-term suffering and hardship in both the UK and across the Europe as criminals and many employers take-advantage-of circumstances or ignore the right to work of migrant workers. The end of the Brexit grace period on 30 June is likely to result in continued exploitation and abuse due to conflict between migration law, employment law and EU/UK Free Trade agreement, which has already been shafting so many irregular and regular non-EEA and EEA migrants into modern slavery. Labour exploitation of migrants at fruit and vegetable farms across the UK and Europe is creating 5 Slaves a Day for the products that make eating 5 a Day possible. COVID19 have revealed the true scale of the problem in many other sectors, including social care, logistics, Security, and domestic work, cleaning and many more. International Human trafficking for labour exploitation is not the only problem, slavery made in Europe has been overlooked for far too long. The victims not all irregular workers, and criminals and employers are not the only perpetrators. They are other players.
Many of us suffer unnecessarily because of abuse and confusion in the law
Help us raise the issues, give us a voice to, and bring change for migrant workers. We declare 1 July 2021, Homegrown slavery day, to urge the UK government and the EU commission to acknowledge it, and to fulfil their duty under international law to bring an end to it.
Support our call for action to address the roots of homegrown slavery.
- Please buy any fruits and vegetables, take a photo and send it to @migrantsatwork #homegrownslaveryday #5slavesaday
- We will send the first picture with a link to a video at 11am, please RT with the hashtag above, your town and your pictures.( for example, Birmingham + #homegrownslaveryday + #5slavesaday + pictures)
- Thank you for your support!
We urge the EU commission and the UK to fulfil their legal obligations:
- The UK government must:
Develop a national policy and plan of action complying with the ILO protocol Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention to prevent labour exploitationTo review the
Employer's guide to right to work checks and the relevant immigration and employment restrictions Order to comply with the General principle of immigration control
- The EU Commission must:
Review the 2023 Common Agriculture Policies and set labour prevention as its 10th.
Implement the Trade and sustainable development chapters in the UK/EU Free Trade Agreement to protect the Non- regression clause.
Sign the petition ( It will go live on 11 July 2021 , 11 pm)
STATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MODERN SLAVERY: uncovering the gap
Workshop, 31 Jan 2019 - United Nations University -
Protecting migrant workers from exploitation in the EU: workers' perspectives
"Do you ever think about the people who built the new apartment complex in your neighbourhood, picked the vegetables you enjoyed during a recent meal, washed your car, or made your favourite shirt? Would it surprise you that, in the European Union today, some of these people are being grossly underpaid and overworked, isolated, threatened and beaten, and forced to live in conditions barely fit for animals?"
(Michael O'Flaherty,Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights)
8th June 2021 - 11am - 14:45
FIRST HOME-GROWN SLAVERY EVENT IN THE UK
As non-state actors commit most modern slavery offences, "the efforts of States against modern slavery are mainly focused on their responsibility to 'prevent, protect and punish" them. Unfortunately, that approach remains insufficient when States are involved in the commission of the offence through State policy (direct) or through the actions or omissions of a State organ or official (indirect)" (Dr Webb & Dr Garciandia,2019). Human trafficking is a crime. Social partners working in this field are opposed to trafficking. However, as trafficking is more likely to occur at European or international level, the higher priority is given to anti-trafficking measures in global policymaking than at national level. While States have been focusing on tackling international Human tracking, their role in creating and nurturing homegrown has been overlooked for decades.
There is still a highly significant and under-considered intersection and interaction between migration law, international trade law, and labour law creating and exacerbating vulnerability to home-grown slavery in the UK, and across the world. Labour lawyers tend to regard migration law as generally speaking outside their purview, and migration lawyers somewhat similarly tend to neglect labour law( Cathryn Costello and Mark Freedland,2014). For employers' and workers' organisations, trafficking for labour exploitation is unlikely to be a top priority ( EUROFOUND, 2016).
Join us, migrants, with lived experience, who have first-hand experience of the impact of migration laws on our labour laws, migrant frontline support organisations, and experts, to discuss the future of our labour rights at the intersectionality of international trade laws, migration laws and labour laws, and learn about our campaign to tackle the roots of vulnerability to home-grown slavery and immigration status-related race discrimination.
Session 1: 11:00-13:00 - The law- Homegrown slavery as State migration policy
Session 2: 13:30 - 14:45 - Lived experience - Homegrown slavery as employment practice
Speakers - Lived experience
Alessandro, EU citizen granted 'Settled Status'
Salema, Newly granted Refugee status
Grace, Refugee migrants with Indefinite Leave to Remain
Api, Asylum seeker- locked up, and exploited by a lawyer
Migrant support organisations
Jennifer Mirdamadi, Citizen Advice Liverpool
Juliette Nash, ATLEU, support to survivors of trafficking and slavery
Overseas: The political commitments at the United Nations to tackle international human rights trafficking.
At home: Action in practice - Labour exploitation as state policy
Impact of trade laws and migration laws