Nepali workers meeting in Bahrain
Organising Nepali migrant workers in the Middle East 

Trade Unions are essential to the anti-slavery movement. Solidarity movements in the UK and around the world stop workers being exploited every day. Anti-Slavery International works with those trade unions and workers to promote decent work in fair conditions. Affiliate your trade union branch to fight for those still in slavery today.

‘Decent work is at the heart of the anti-slavery struggle’

Dr Aidan McQuade, Director, Anti-Slavery International

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What we offer trade union branches

  • Access to our speaker’s network
  • Invitations to our annual conference and general meeting
  • Copies of our Reporter magazine
  • Access to our latest fact sheets and research on modern slavery
  • Campaigning alerts and updates on our work
  • Anti-Slavery branded materials, including banners, products of slavery maps, collection buckets and leaflets.

Shahid’s story, Saudi Arabia

‘When I arrived, my passport was taken from me and I was told I was going to be a shepherd, not work in the job I was promised. I protested – I was educated and trained. But my employer said things had changed, and then he ‘gave’ me to someone else.

I lived out in the desert, in a shed with a tarpaulin roof. I was given basic food, it was not enough, and  I was not allowed to leave the farm. He took my passport. I couldn’t go anywhere without it. Luckily, I met a worker from India nearby – he leant me his phone and I messaged my family for help. I didn’t get any wages at all. I had mortgaged my farm land for this’.

Our work in the field with trade unions

  • The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is on track to be the bloodiest sporting event in history. In the Gulf, visa sponsorship systems leaves migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Because of this we were funded by UNISON to provide training to workers from India and Nepal migrating to the Gulf.
  • Domestic work is often invisible, and migrant workers are vulnerable to slavery and exploitation. We work with trade unions to help Nepalese domestic workers in Lebanon. The trade union movement helps them organise to stand up for fair pay and conditions.
  • Bonded labourers are some of the most vulnerable workers in the world. Our work with bonded labourers in India’s brick kilns provides safe migration training to workers, and supports them to campaign for decent pay and working conditions.

Our work with trade unions in Europe

  • In 2011, Anti-Slavery worked with the International Trade Union Conference to tackle forced labour and trafficking in Europe. Together we issued a publication, Never Work Alone. This presented and summarised the findings of our project to address new and extreme forms of worker abuses.
  • We worked with UNITE to support migrant domestic workers in the UK through Justice for Domestic Workers. We also worked with the hotel workers branch of Unite on our Staff Wanted Initiative.

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