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Bangladesh: Campaign to Silence Garment Workers

The Solidarity Center warns that the broad crackdown on garment workers, union leaders and worker rights activists in Bangladesh marks a troubling escalation of efforts to silence garment workers and criminalize their fundamental rights to organize, speak to power and improve their lives and livelihoods. In a new briefing document, the Solidarity Center outlines the… [READ MORE]

BANGLADESH: Wage Strike Sparks Government Crackdown

  • January 6, 2017
  • Timothy Ryan

In mid-December, a strike in Ashulia, an industrial suburb of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, and a ready-made garment sector hub, quickly snowballed into widespread unrest. Garment workers abandoned their factories to call for a living wage in response to ever-rising costs. Mass arrests and firings ensued. The minimum wage for a Bangladeshi garment worker is $68… [READ MORE]

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Libya Union President Survives Assassination Attempt

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This is a crosspost from the Arab Trade Union Confederation. Nermin Sharif, president of the Libyan General Federation of Trade Unions, was subjected to a failed assassination attempt at dawn today, when her booby-trapped car exploded just before riding it. The Arab Trade Union confederation condemns this cowardly terrorist act, and wishes safety for all… [READ MORE]

Media Highlights

  • January 13, 2017

Writes Solidarity Center’s Tim Ryan: “Over the past 20 years, awareness and activism around the issues of child labor, slavery and human trafficking have grown significantly, mirrored by both growing economic inequality and broad concerns about that inequity. [There] is a clear recognition that decent work for adults can create a more secure environment for… [READ MORE]

  • December 31, 2016

“I am grateful for organizations like the Solidarity Center, who teach us about our rights. I am learning to speak up more. I want my story and my colleagues’ stories to spread to people throughout the world.”

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