Migrant workers’ access to justice for wage theft: A global study of promising initiatives

This study profiles promising initiatives that reduce, or have potential to reduce, the risks, burdens and costs for migrant workers of rectifying wage theft, or shift risks and burdens to business and government. The profiled initiatives can equip advocates with specific law and policy reform targets and lend credibility to advocacy demands by pointing to other jurisdictions in which an intervention has already been adopted. However, to build an effective ecosystem for detection and remediation of wage theft, a range of these initiatives must be combined, and must rest upon a foundation of labour laws that apply to all workers without distinction. They should complement proactive strategic enforcement led by government as the primary mechanism for addressing wage theft.

  • Date: 04/12/2021
  • Sector: Any
  • Topics: Workers' rights
  • Regions: Global
  • Resource type: Publications
  • Institutions: Migrant Justice Institute, Solidarity Center, ILAW Network