PROJECTS

  • The global union federation UNI has made extensive use of ICLR’s network – for assistance with complaints to international bodies, with international fact-finding, and the development of long-term projects in the Global South. For example, ICLR is currently assisting with the creation of a Legal Fund in southern Africa that will enable low-wage workers to approach the courts for back wages, denied overtime, and other basic employment claims.
  • At the request of labor lawyers in India, Brazil and South Africa, ICLR lawyers have assisted with comparative analyses of proposed changes in their domestic labor laws, helping to identify areas for joint strategic thinking and advocacy.
  • ICLR is currently working with Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School to develop web-based trainings for US lawyers on international labor law and strategies for enforcement.
  • In collaboration with lawyers and activists from a range of disciplines, ICLR is developing a human rights impact assessment tool to analyze the positive and negative effects of anti-trafficking policies. ICLR’s network will be engaged to focus specifically on a labor rights understanding of anti-trafficking laws in 10 countries, and to measure the impact on trade unions, migrant workers, domestic workers, and other vulnerable groups.
  • ICLR is coordinating a four-country study of soccer ball production for the Maquila Solidarity Network and the Clean Clothes Campaign, focusing on labor rights in the context of drastic changes in the sporting goods industry’s production and sourcing decisions.
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