Working People in the News

Thailand, Burmese migrant workers, human rights, Solidarity Center

Empowering Migrant Workers in Global Supply Chains

Many of the more than 150 million migrant workers around the world endure abusive conditions—and one of the most exploitative phases of transnational labor migration takes place before migrants even leave their home country: recruitment for work abroad. Forced to take on debt to pay the exorbitant fees  labor brokers charge to secure a job,… [READ MORE]

Tunisia, Arab uprising, Tunisia, Solidarity Center

Tunisian Public Employees Win Wage Gains, Call off Strike

Tunisian public employees will receive salary increases, bonuses and other key economic gains following negotiations between the country’s union federation, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) and the government. With the December 7 agreement, the UGTT canceled a public service general strike set to start December 8. UGTT called for a strike after the government… [READ MORE]

Republic of Georgia, alloy factory, job safety and health, unions, Solidarity Center

Georgia Alloy Factory Workers Make Big Gains in New Pact

Workers at the Zestafoni Ferroalloy factory in Georgia’s Imereti region successfully negotiated a contract after five months of negotiations with their employer that includes wide-ranging workplace safety and health improvements, wage increases and social benefits. The three-year pact finalized earlier this month at the country’s largest silicomanganese processing plant establishes 40 hours as the standard… [READ MORE]

Media Highlights

Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center Executive Director, shares her insights on the significance of the fourth report of the UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, presented to the UN General Assembly on 21 October 2016.

“The report sends a strong, clear message that labor rights are worker human rights and are central to sustainable development, democracy, human rights and fair economies–and that they are under attack globally,” said Shawna Bader-Blau, Executive Director of the Washington-based Solidarity Center.

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