Thursday, 23 January 2014

International Fairtrade introduces Standard for hired labour

Fairtrade International has introduced their Standard for Hired Labour, marking a main step in the organization’s attempt to extend its work beyond Fairtrade Premium projects and basic labour rights protection.

The Fairtrade International Standards Unit traveled the globe to meet with more than 420 workers in 14 countries to develop the new document.

They also interviewed close to 170 management council from Fairtrade certified plantation and factories, and received more than 120 written response from certified producer groups, traders, retailers, unions, Non-Government Organizations, and member organizations.

The result is a new Hired Labour Standard based on the principles of the workers rights plan, but grounded firmly in the everyday reality of Fairtrade workers across 3continents.

The Fairtrade Hired Labour Standard applies to organizations produce flowers and plants, fresh fruit and vegetables, tea, coffee herbs and herbal teas, and sports thinks.

The Standard has necessities on freedom of association; benchmarks for companies working towards the living wage, supplies for the use of migrant labour and giving workers the power to decide on how the Fairtrade Premium is invest.