UN Worried About Migrants Trapped In Low-Pay, Unsafe Jobs
For all those that venture overseas in greener pastures, UN agency International Labour Organization, ILO wants you to know that all that glitters is not gold.
Ahead of the 2018 World Day of Social Justice, the ILO has warned that many migrant workers ended up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs.
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, in his message for the Day, observed on February 20, called for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels.
Ryder said: “Most migration today is linked, directly or indirectly, to the search for decent work opportunities.
“But many migrant workers end up trapped in jobs with low pay and unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, often in the informal economy, without respect for their labour and other human rights.
“They often have to pay high recruitment fees to get a job, on average over a year’s wages – this makes them highly vulnerable to forced and child labour”.
Marked this year with the theme ‘Workers on the Move: The Quest for Social Justice,’ the Day focuses on the world’s 150 million migrant workers.
ILO said many of the migrant workers faced exploitation, discrimination and violence and lack even the most basic protections.
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