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Morocco, Call Center, unions, labor, Solidarity Center

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]

Liberian domestic worker and DOWUL member. Photo: Bill E. Diggs.crop

Liberia Law Boosts Rights of Informal-Economy Workers

Liberian domestic workers and other informal-economy workers in Liberia are set to receive significant wage gains, collective bargaining rights and labor law protection under the Decent Work Bill signed today by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The bill takes effect when printed into handbills for distribution. Unskilled workers will earn a minimum of $3.50 per day,… [READ MORE]

Zimbabwe.Street Vendors protest eviction in Harare.June 24, 2016.Solidarity Center

Eviction of Street Vendors Begins Today in Zimbabwe

Street vendors in several Zimbabwean towns were evicted today, following a June 26 deadline to remove their stalls in the city centers and set up in government-approved areas. Government officials warned that force could be used if they refuse. Although Harare street vendors have so far resisted eviction, the future is uncertain, says Wisborn Malaya,… [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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