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Rights for Kuwait Domestic Workers: ‘Cautiously Good Step’

  • July 6, 2015
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

There is some good news for domestic workers in Kuwait: The National Assembly adopted a new law in June that will grant them unprecedented legal rights. The law applies to family maids, baby sitters, cooks and drivers. More than 660,000 domestic workers are currently employed in Kuwait, most of them migrant workers from Asia and… [READ MORE]

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Bangladesh Women Workers Increasingly Empowered

Women garment workers primarily fuel Bangladesh’s $24 billion a year garment industry, yet women are “still viewed as basically cheap labor,” says Lily Gomes, Solidarity Center senior program officer for Bangladesh. “There is a strong need for functioning factory-level unions led by women,” says Gomes, who is leading efforts to help empower women workers to… [READ MORE]

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13,700 Moroccan Call Center Workers Win Union

Some 13,700 workers won collective bargaining rights at 11 call centers across Morocco, a major victory for the country’s union movement that culminates a three-year effort to help call center workers form a union. Elections took place between June 1 and June 10, and the results were announced late last week. The Union Marocaine du… [READ MORE]

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Across Asia, millions of children toil for long hours, earning barely enough to live on, while sewing garments for fashion brands in the West. “Brands chase jurisdictions where there is extreme poverty, the rule of law is weak and it is easy for them to skirt labor laws,” says David Welsh of the Solidarity Center.

As the FIFA corruption scandal widens and pressure builds to move the World Cup from countries tainted by the investigation, a deeper human tragedy may be unfolding: The economically fragile situation of migrant workers who build infrastructure for global sporting events will only worsen if they lose their jobs abroad and have no employment to… [READ MORE]

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