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7 May 2020

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Ethical Trading Initiative

Ethical Trading Initiative publishes briefing on responsibility of employers towards migrant workers during Covid-19 pandemic

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“COVID-19 Briefing Note: Migrant Workers”, 04 May 2020


… [M]igrant workers are one of the groups most affected by Covid-19. Some … [are] unable to access state support or to return home without risking arrest or detention. Others have been quarantined in crowded dormitories, while … those still in work being discriminated against … Women workers are often hardest hit…


ETI has … published guidance for employers … providing advice on key actions for employers, highlighting the roles of other key stakeholders, and detailing a number of key principles they must take in relation to migrant workers as follows:

  • All migrant workers have rights at work; all companies should take action to prevent any violation of these rights
  • All migrant workers should be informed about their rights and options for exercising them
  • All migrant workers should have access to health information (in a language they speak and a format they can access) … and care
  • All migrant workers should receive wages due to them and … compensation legally owed to them on the termination of their contract
  • All migrant workers should have adequate, paid sick leave
  • All migrant workers should be provided with essential food and shelter if they are unable to support themselves or return home
  • No migrant worker should suffer discrimination, stigma or mistreatment due to their migrant status

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