Call for an Urgent Justice Mechanism for Repatriated Migrant Workers
[MFA, LBB, CCRM, SARTUC & SC] call upon countries of origin and destination to urgently put in place a transitional justice mechanism with the following objectives:
- ...[to] address grievances, claims and labour disputes of repatriated workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic... be expedited, accessible, affordable, and efficient.
- ... be a priority to guarantee that all repatriated workers with legitimate claims are able to access justice and some kind of compensation.
- ... safeguards must be put in place to ensure that migrants are able to pursue their cases post return. Access to legal advice and support, facilitating power of attorney procedures, and easing requirements for in-person testimony and court appearance or appearance in front of a tribunal/grievance mechanism are paramount.
- States should require employers and businesses to keep all employment records, including payroll, employee lists, and hours worked and allow workers to take copies of their records with them.