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India’s Central Sector Scheme For Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourers: Shielding Bondage, Shackling Liberation

Srujana Bej 25th April 2017

In May 2016, the Indian Government revised the rehabilitation scheme for released bonded labourers to provide adequate financial assistance. Gaping holes in the scheme’s framework ensure that it is little more than a paper tiger to an estimated 18 million Indians trapped in bonded labour. Bonded labour is the pledging of one’s labour for the repayment […]

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Hacienda Brasil Verde Workers v. Brazil: Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Tatiana Gos 24th April 2017

The Inter-American Court has handed down its first judgment on slavery and human trafficking, and structural discrimination based on “economic position”. The case also contributes to the Court’s jurisprudence on state responsibility for human rights abuses committed by private actors. The case concerned the slavery-like working conditions of 85 workers, some of them children, in a privately-owned […]

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Uber, Informal Work and the Expert Working Group on Discrimination Against Women

Frances Raday 29th November 2016

The decision of the London Employment Tribunal that Uber taxi drivers are employees and not self-employed is of global importance, in the face of the increase in all kinds of informal labour constructs, which include self-employed, casual and seasonal workers, part-time workers, temporary and agency workers, home workers, domestic workers, and unpaid family workers. Informal […]

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Worker Status for App-Drivers: Uber-rated?

Rachel Hunter and Jeremias Prassl 21st November 2016

In what has been heralded as the ‘employment case of the year’, the Central London employment tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers are workers within s.230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, rather than independent contractors as the company has long maintained. The Decision Two themes emerge from the tribunal’s reasoning in Aslam v Uber […]

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