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Tens of thousand of Burmese workers migrate to Thailand (above) and other countries to support their families. Photo: Jeanne Hallacy

45 Groups Protest Prison Labor on Thai Fishing Boats

Some 45 labor groups and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) sent a letter to the Thai prime minister yesterday protesting a proposed plan to use prison labor on fishing boats. Saying the plan threatens the human rights of prisoners and likely goes against the International Labor Organization’s convention on forced labor, the letter states: “The Thai government… [READ MORE]

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Nobel Winner Satyarthi Gives UN Petition on Ending Child Labor

In an historic meeting, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi delivered a global petition on child labor to United Nations (UN) General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon in New Delhi, India, yesterday. More than 550,000 people around the world signed the petition urging the UN to make abolition of child labor a key part of the world body’s… [READ MORE]

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Five Years after Haiti Earthquake, Workers Still Struggle with Low Wages

Five years after the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, workers are still struggling to pay for transportation, food and housing, as the cost of living rises exponentially while wages fail to keep pace. In recent discussions with export apparel workers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, the Solidarity Center found that workers may pay nearly half their daily… [READ MORE]

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