Forced Labour

Q&A - Thomas Wagnsonner, rapporteur - Karol Zabawa, advisor

On this page you will find the most important questions on forced labour answered by Mr. Thomas Wagnsonner, rapporteur of the opinion “REX/565 – Forced Labour Products Ban” and his advisor Mr. Karol Zabawa, in video format, produced by Mr. Jonas Traxler.

Introduction


1: What does forced labour mean?


2: Can you describe modern-day slavery?


3: Which groups of people are worst affected by the phenomenon of forced labour?


4: Where is “forced labour” more widespread?


5: Which sectors are affected by the phenomenon of forced labour?


6: Does forced labour occur in the European Union?


7: What are the available statistics telling us about the situation in the EU and abroad?


8: How can consumers contribute in the fight against these abuses?


9: How can civil society contribute to the fight against these abuses?


10: Ten years ago, on 23th of April 2013, the “Rana Plaza” disaster took place with more than 1.100 textile workers dead! Was there a connection to forced labour in this case?


11: Is the EU Commission proposal on banning products from forced labour enough to tackle the problem?


12: What is the EESC's position on the European Commission's proposal for a ban on products of forced labour?


All Cartoons shown during the answers of question 1 – 12 were provided by the ILO. You can find all the cartoons with this link: https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---declaration/documents/publication/wcms_826742.pdf

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12 June 2023 - Forced labour - Transcript