Working People in the News

Dominican Republic, Solidarity Center, migrants, informal economy

Organizing Key to Assisting Migrant Workers

More than 300,000 domestic workers in Hong Kong have migrated from the Philippines, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries seeking jobs to support their families. Recent high-profile instances of employer abuse against these domestic workers—unpaid wages, 24/7 working hours, and even physical assault—offer a glimpse into the migrant crisis that recently has focused the world’s… [READ MORE]

migrant workers, Burmese, Thailand, Solidarity Center

Labor Migration: A Solidarity Center Conference

In Malaysia, up to 40 percent of workers are migrants from other countries. Over in Bangladesh, more than 600,000 workers migrate each year for jobs, and at least 5 million Bangladeshis currently work in other countries. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on the Arabian Peninsula rely on migrant labor to fill more than 90… [READ MORE]

Thailand, Burmese migrants, Solidarity Center

ILO Report: Trafficking and Forced Labor Are Unacceptable

  • July 30, 2015
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

Global demand for the services of domestic workers, including household workers, caregivers and cooks, has been steadily rising in recent years. Yet as the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows in a new report on migrants from South Asia, domestic workers, especially women migrant workers, remain an “unrecognized and invisible” part of the labor force. Further,… [READ MORE]

Media Highlights

  • July 21, 2015

At the end of June, nearly 350 workers fainted in garment factories across Cambodia, with more than 100 collapsing on one day alone, raising concerns about the health of workers in Cambodia’s textile industry. William Conklin, country program director at the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center in Cambodia, said clothing brands should take responsibility for their workers… [READ MORE]

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