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Myanmar, garment workers, human rights, Solidarity Center

Defying Challenges, Myanmar Workers Win Rights at Work

Fifteen minutes before the gray, 12-foot gate of the garment factory compound in Myanmar’s Hlaing Thar Yar industrial zone opens to release workers, vendors selling fried chicken on sticks and bags of nuts gather in anticipation. At a designated time, the guards roll back the gate and the vendors push their heavy carts up a… [READ MORE]

Uzbekistan, cotton harvest, Solidarity Center, forced labor

Coalition to World Bank: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable

The World Bank must convey to the Uzbek government that attacks against independent monitors assessing the extent of forced labor in the country’s cotton harvest will not be tolerated. The World Bank must also outline consequences should the attacks continue, according to the Cotton Campaign. In a July 29 letter to key World Bank officials,… [READ MORE]

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“Over the past three years, the Bangladesh government has approved fewer and fewer union registration applications. Through their unions, workers are able to speak out freely about safety and health concerns at their worksites and prevent horrible tragedies like Rana Plaza. Limiting workers from forming unions puts workers’ safety at risk,” said Tim Ryan, Solidarity… [READ MORE]

An astounding 80,000 Zimbabwe workers in formal employment–out of some 350,000 workers–did not receive wages and benefits on time in 2014, according to a new Solidarity Center report, ‘Working Without Pay: Wage Theft in Zimbabwe,’ released today in Harare.

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