Labour rights violations in various countries
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade union Union Network International regarding the activities of G4S, a UK-based multinational enterprise operating in Mozambique, Malawi, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date12 Dec 2006
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorAdministrative and support service activities

Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP concluding the specific instance - 12 December 2008

In December 2006 the UK NCP received a request for review from the trade union Union Network International who alleged that G4S had breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines due to various labour rights violations in Mozambique, Malawi, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Following the appointment of an external conciliator/mediator by the NCP, the parties reached a voluntary agreement in resolution of their issues. The parties agreed to specific commitments with regard to the specific issues presented in Nepal and DRC. In connection with Mozambique and Malawi, the parties agreed to a process to allow them to work more closely together on a number of specific issues at the national level. The aim of this process is to both protect the rights and interests of G4S employees and to build and strengthen the local relationships between G4S and the unions which represent its employees.

G4S also reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to honour and respect national law and to respect the International Labour Organization's core labour conventions, including the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. 

In light of the mutual agreement the UK NCP concluded the specific instance process.