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Deutsche Welle, “Defendants in Garment-Sector Trial Convicted, Released,” May 30, 2014
Dave Welsh, the country representative of the Solidarity Center, a US-based labor group, and who was present in court on Friday, told DW that the decision to release the men had brought "an enormous amount of relief—first of all with them, with their families, and with the trade union and human rights community in general."
The Diplomat (Asia-Pacific), “AEC Delays a Victory for Human Trafficking” (Asian Economic Community), May 24, 2014
The authorities had hoped the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) would enable workers, particularly from poorer states, to find jobs more easily within ASEAN by removing many of the illicit practices used by middlemen and human traffickers. Cambodia program director for the U.S.-based labor group Solidarity Center, Dave Welsh, said that among the virtues of the AEC, forced migration would largely disappear.
Global Post, “For Chevron, $6 a Day Is Apparently Too Much Pay for Cambodian Workers,” May 21, 2014
The garment sector is the only one to guarantee a set minimum wage, despite the fact that most Cambodians are employed elsewhere. Dave Welsh, country director of the Solidarity Center, a U.S.-based labor rights organization, said authorities are in breach of key International Labor Organization conventions — workers remain devoid of basic rights because “the Cambodian labor law is structured only with the garment sector in mind.”
Infoshop News, “Colombia Nationwide Strike Against Free Trade, Privatization, Poverty,” May 19, 2014
Colombian workers organizing to improve their lives are met with an onslaught of state violence: Colombia is the deadliest country in the world for union activists, according to the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, and 37 activists were murdered in Colombia in the first half of 2013 alone, leading news weekly Semana reports.
Miami Herald, “Haiti Raises Minimum Wage for Factory Workers, Others,” May 12, 2014
The pay boost is not only less than what the  Solidarity Center has outlined, but also far less than the $11.11 protesting garment workers have asked for in recent months as they forced some factories in the capital to stop production.
Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), “Labor Challenges in a New Milieu,” May 4, 2014
During a discussion organized by the U.S.-based Solidarity Center on agency-hired labor—in which trade unions, workers and employers participated—it emerged that a growing segment of the jobs in the free-trade zones are being filled through outsourcing.
Harvard Business Review Blog, “To Prevent Another Rana Plaza, Build Better Societies, Not Just Better Factories,” April 24, 2014
According to research by the Solidarity Center, less than 1 percent of women in garment factories participate in worker associations in Bangladesh’s export zones.
Les Observateurs (France), “The Textile Inudustry is the Least Transparent in the World ("Le Textile Est l’Industrie la Moins Transparente du Monde," interview in English), April 21, 2014
Multimedia special on the Cambodian textile industry features a Bonus interview in English with the Solidarity Center’s Dave Welsh (scroll down).
Free the Slaves (blog), “Ghana to Capitol Hill: U.S. Briefing on Child Labor,” April 11, 2014
Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau said, “Collective bargaining is a requirement for any long-term plan to be successful in creating fair and sustainable labor solutions,” and that job creation “drives down poverty, which is the root of many exploitation cases.”
Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI), “Costa Rica: Migrant Construction Workers Have a Voice in Central America and the Caribbean,” April 9, 2014
BWI and the Solidarity Center held a seminar of unions to strengthen the organization of migrant and informal workers in Central America and the Caribbean and to develop a plan for the region.
The Diplomat (Asia-Pacific), “Cambodia Leads Doubts over AEC (ASEAN Economic Community),” April 7, 2014
Dave Welsh, Cambodia program director for U.S.-based labor group the Solidarity Center, said there were expectations that the AEC would enable workers from poorer member states to be more easily placed in jobs that were traditionally held by migrant laborers. The virtue of this, Welsh said, could be that shady practices in migration bordering on human trafficking could be eliminated because the middle men arranging visas and associated paperwork should become obsolete.
Democracy Digest, “The End of the Putin Mystique? Demophily Is No Substitute for Democracy,” April 3, 2014
The timing is ideal for the IMF, EU and United States to clarify that average working families are not the cause of Ukraine’s economic disaster and must not bear a disproportionate burden for the recovery, writes Solidarity Center Country Program Director Tristan Masat in the Huffington Post.
Minivan News (Maldives), “Anti-Trafficking Conference Concludes in Malé,” April 2, 2014
The conference—inaugurated by Minister for Economic Development Mohamed Saeed—was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration the Solidarity Center’s Sri Lanka office.
Vice, "Colombian Union Leaders Are Being Hunted By Paramilitary Groups," March 31, 2014
Rhett Doumitt, Solidarity Center country director in Bogotá, said that laws are not the problem—their application, or lack thereof, is. “The government passes laws that, if they were enforced, would change things. But they find a number of ways not to enforce them. ... What you need is a strong democracy with strong institutions that can uphold the laws in front of national and international capital,” he said.
Cambodia Daily, “Worst Factories Named, but Will They Change?” March 21, 2014
On Monday, the International Labor Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) launched the Transparency Database to name companies that persistently fail to comply with Cambodian labor law and international standards. Dave Welsh, country director for the Solidarity Center said: ““This is a new tactic and only time will tell, but I suspect factories named in these reports, who were previously guaranteed anonymity, will be inclined to fix their problems.”
Asian Correspondent, “Analysis: Garment Workers Hold Key to Cambodia’s Political Future,” March 21, 2014
“Three months after (the violence) in January people are still in prison, there really hasn’t been movement on the minimum wage. Any reinstatements that have taken place have largely as a result of private pressure,” says, David Welsh, Cambodia program director for the Solidarity Center. He added: “Not a dollar of compensation has been given to those that were killed or injured. If anything, things have moved backwards.
Deutsche Welle, “Cambodia’s Stability is Hanging by a Thread,” March 19, 2014
The Cambodian government-established commission concluded that a garment sector living wage should range between 111 and 127 euros. But the minimum wage for workers at the beginning of this year was set at only 73 euros. "The government has ignored the findings of its own commission. Because of this, the unions called for protests,” said the Solidarity Center’s David Welsh.
UNCSW58, “Lawmakers Seek Global Labor Accord to End Gender-Based Violence at Work” (Commission on the Status of Women), March 13, 2014
Leading U.S. lawmakers yesterday called on the Obama Administration to support women workers around the world with a new International Labor Organization (ILO) convention to end violence against women and men in the workplace, including gender-based violence and sexual harassment, according to a story written by Lisa McGowan, Solidarity Center senior specialist for gender equity.
Neues Deutschland, “It Could Be Bad: Textile Workers in Cambodia Fear Crackdown on a Public Forum,” March 3, 2014 (in German)
"This forum would be a chance for dialogue," says Dave Welsh, representatives of workers' rights organization Solidarity Center in Phnom Penh. "But in light of the arrest of strikers and the wave of lawsuits against trade unionists in recent weeks, the situation is unpredictable."
Time, “Cambodia Is a Deadly Political Mess that the World Completely Ignores,” February 28, 2014
Increasingly, opposition protesters have found common cause with striking workers in the nation’s booming apparel sector—a $5.5 billion industry, yet one in which average monthly wages stand at only $80. “Unless workers put in pretty outrageous levels of overtime, it in no way constitutes a living wage,” says David Welsh, Cambodia program director for the Solidarity Center labor advocacy group.
IndustriALL, “Los Mineros Win Clear Victory in Zacatecas,” February 27, 2014
Miners at the El Colonel mine in Zacatecas, Mexico, will now be represented by the SNTMMSRM (Los Mineros) after miners voted to oust the protection union. Los Mineros received support from representatives of its other branches and from international observers (United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center.
Asian Correspondent, “Cambodia: Rainsy Returns as Court Keeps Protesters in Jail,” February 12, 2014
The denial of bail for the “21 people detained since a brutal government crackdown in early January” came as a shock to supporters. “Outside the court, David Welsh, country director for the Solidarity Center, said: ‘It’s obviously upsetting and surprising and makes the entire situation more unpredictable’.”
Cambodia Daily, "Human Rights Watch Says Anti-Union Activities Must End," February 7, 2014
The government has been urged to put a stop to anti-union practices in garment factories after workers at a number of plants complained to a rights group that attempts to unionize were met with intimidation and dismissals. According to the statement, pro-management unions established at a number of factories also failed to advocate for workers’ grievances—something Dave Welsh, country director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, said is a “widespread” practice.
The Daily Star (Bangladesh), "GSP to US Market Not Much Done to Get It Back," February 6, 2014
The USA is set to review the suspension of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) in May but Bangladesh has not made much progress in fulfilling the requirements for regaining the trade privileges. However, Bangladesh has made progress in some areas like registration of trade unions, said Alonzo Glenn Suson, country director of Solidarity Centre in Bangladesh.
Wall Street Journal, “Major Brands Confront Cambodian Leader over Use of Force,” January 19, 2014
This time, many megabrands have condemned the violence and, in a letter, called for a new wage-setting process for Cambodian garment workers. David Welsh, Cambodia program director for the Solidarity Center, characterized the first response as weak but commended the brands for the latest letter and asked that they also tell factories to reinstate fired workers and halt their legal actions against unions.
New York Times, “Workers of the World, Faint!” (Cambodia, opinion), January 17, 2014
For an estimated garment workforce of at least 450,000, by the International Labor Organization’s tally, there are now over 400 unions, according to Solidarit Center, an international labor rights group.
Huffington Post, “Despite Violence, Cambodian Workers Vow to Continue Their Fight”, January 17, 2014
-- Previously published in In These Times
According to David Welsh, Solidarity Center country director, big retail brands foster a common media narrative that claims labor costs must be kept low to meet market demand. He explains that companies use the threat of pulling out of Cambodia if unions demand too much as a way to “discourage workers, to sort of say, ‘Do this or you'll be out of the job.'"
Toronto Star, “Pressure Grows for Reforms of Cambodian Garment Industry,” January 12, 2014
Four people were killed, 37 were injured, three have gone missing and 21 of the 23 people detained in last week’s crackdown on protests in Cambodia are garment workers. “What’s happened in the past week is a complete assault on trade worker rights and union rights in the most important sector of the Cambodian economy and the largest sector of the Cambodian economy and the most globalized sector of the Cambodian economy,” says David Welsh, country director for the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center in Phnom Penh.
Nikkei Asian Review, “Cambodia's Wage War Puts Clothing Companies on the Defensive,” January 16, 2014
David Welsh, Solidarity Center country director, expressed doubt that pledges from companies to pay workers "living wages" -- albeit over a number of years -- will be met. "That's really an admission they have been happy to source clothes, up until now, made by workers who (were) not being paid a living wage."
The Diplomat (Japan), “Striking a Balance in Cambodia,” January 11, 2014
Last week, five clothing brands sent an open letter to the Cambodian government calling for an end to violence against workers and a return to negotiations on wages. David Welsh, Solidarity Center country director, said the letter failed to refer to labor rights and to the intimidation of workers and union leaders as well as to the 23 labor rights activists detained after the crackdown. He added that the letter was not signed by a number of other brands sourcing from Cambodia.
Al Jazeera, “Cambodia Garment Worker Strike Unravels,” January 8, 2014
A staggering number of strikes in this Southeast Asian nation indicates a blasé attitude in the garment sector toward workers' rights, said David Welsh, country director for Washington D.C.-based labor rights group Solidarity Center. "In a climate where collective bargaining is not only on the employers' side, but is also basically struck down without repercussions... it is difficult for unions to avoid industrial strikes," Welsh said.
Retail Detail (trade publication), “Cambodian and Haitian Clothing Workers Demand Higher Wages,” January 8, 2014
In Cambodia, the minimum wage was increased from $95 to $100 dollars per month. Labor rights organization Solidarity Center believes the wage increase is a first step, as it shows the government is willing to negotiate.
Wall Street Journal, “Retailers Condemn Cambodia's Crackdown on Workers” (subscription required), January 7, 2014
A coalition of international retailers condemned Cambodia's violent crackdown on striking garment-industry workers, while labor advocates criticized the response to the deadly wage dispute as weak. David Welsh, Cambodia program director for the Solidarity Center, said brands that did sign should have emphasized the importance of protecting unions and labor laws. He said the letter failed to address that at least 23 workers and labor activists have been detained in an unknown location since the protests began.
Wall Street Journal, “Better Factories Cambodia Gets New Lease on Life,” December 30, 2013
Cambodia government officials raised concerns that the new Better Factories disclosure plan was encroaching on the state’s authority by calling out factories publicly, said David Welsh, a local activist who attended meetings on the subject and serves as Cambodia program director for the Solidarity Center, a non-governmental organization affiliated with the U.S.-based AFL-CIO labor group.
The Guardian, “Cambodia's Garment Workers Needled by Low Wages and Poor Conditions,” December 16, 2013
A precarious existence for Cambodian garment workers—with pressure to send money to rural families while struggling to deal with urban inflation, long shifts in poor conditions and job insecurity—has resulted in discontent. According to David Welsh, Cambodia program director for the Solidarity Center, employees are becoming increasingly agitated that they are not profiting fairly from the spoils of their work. "Workers are, frankly, far more savvy than they get credit for…"
Global Research (nonprofit), “’Haiti is Open for Business!’: Government Complicity in Wage Theft by Foreign Factories,” December 5, 2013
A 2011 study by the U.S.-based AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center held that a factory worker living in the capital and supporting two children would need to earn about $29 per day (1,152 gourdes), six days a week, to support his or her family.
CNN, “Protect Bangladesh Workers Who Make Our Clothes” (opinion, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), November 24, 2013
“Workers need to feel safe in joining a union and management needs to understand that unions can play a constructive role in worker safety as well as factory production.” Among efforts to empower workers and help improve workplaces: “The AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center is training union organizers and the International Labor Organization has established a program to help develop durable institutions to protect workers' rights.”
Al Jazeera / The Stream, "Demanding Decent Work" (domestic workers), November 19, 2013
Molly McCoy, Solidarity Center Americas regional program director, discusses whether Latin America could be a model for improving domestic worker rights.
Minneapolis Post, “Colombian Workers' Rights Suffer despite US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement,” October 1, 2013
“And many Colombian workers have been threatened or fired for demanding their newly enshrined rights, according to Rhett Doumitt, the Colombia field representative for the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center.”
Deutsche Welle, “ILO to Name and Shame Cambodian Garment Factories,” September 30, 2013
“Dave Welsh, country director of the Solidarity Center, a non-profit affiliated with the US labor movement, says the ILO's decision to keep its findings private has allowed the key stakeholders—factories, brands and the government—to convey the impression that BFC monitoring meant Cambodia has a model industry. ‘The new step that the ILO is taking is one in a positive direction,’ says Welsh.”
The Africa Report, “Africa's Industrialization Burst,” September 30, 2013
“Imani Countess, the Africa regional program director at the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights organization, said that industrialization in South Africa—Africa's most industrialized nation—is lowering wages and causing poorer working conditions.”
Seattle Times, “Bangladesh Survivors, Rescuers from Factory Collapse Still Struggle,” September 14, 2013
According to the Solidarity Center, a nonprofit group affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Bangladeshi government has paid settlements to dependents of 777 of the 1,131 confirmed dead in the disaster, in amounts ranging from $1,250 to $5,000.
UPI, “Buyers Tested on Worker Conditions in Asia,” September 3, 2013
After two workers died at a footwear factory in Cambodia in May, the media has increasingly focused on worker conditions, which has put pressure on Western importers, said David Welsh, Solidarity Center Cambodia country director, in advance of a semi-annual buyers’ convention in Phnom Penh. "Generally, Western media paying attention to working conditions puts the pressure on them," said Welsh.
In These Times, “U.S. Free Trade Deal Hasn’t Ended Struggles for Colombia’s Unions,” August 23, 2013
Two years after a free trade deal was signed with the U.S., Colombian unions still face enormous threats to organizing, and poverty wages. Only 4 percent of the Colombian workforce is unionized, down from 15 percent two decades ago. Since 1986, 2900 workers in the country have died from companies’ anti-union violence.“The Free Trade Agreement signed between the United States and Colombia in 2011 was supposed to sweep away companies’ sham labor deals and protect union organizing. But Rhett Doumitt, head of the AFL-CIO-funded Solidarity Center in Bogotá, said the Colombian government has applied the new protections “haphazardly” and only under intense union pressure.”
New York Times, "Bangladesh's Workers Deserve Better" (editorial), August 18, 2013
The Bangladeshi government has promised to compensate Rana Plaza survivors and victims' families but, four months since the building collapsed, it "has yet to distribute most of that money. It has provided sums ranging from $1,250 to $5,000 to about 777 families, far short of the total compensation it had promised, according to the Solidarity Center, a Washington-based group that helps workers around the world form unions.”
Wall Street Journal, “UN Hoping to Expand Fair Labor Program to Bangladesh,” July 6, 2013
“Following the example of Cambodia and several other countries, Better Work — a program run by the International Labor Organization and the International Finance Corporation — could start operations in Bangladesh If the Bangladesh government reforms its labor laws to increase worker participation in trade unions. Solidarity Center program director in Bangladesh, Alonzo Suson, said unions ‘have long had a weak presence in Bangladesh. There are about 37 factory-level unions representing some 5,400 garment factories in the country.’ Recently, Better Work-Cambodia has focused on improving the transparency of its reporting on factory conditions. ‘But that won’t be easy given the program is a voluntary one,’ said Solidarity Center program director in Cambodia, David Welsh.”
Wall Street Journal, “Asics Tightens Oversight in Cambodia,” July 7, 2013
“Japanese sneaker company Asics Corp. said it is overhauling its oversight of suppliers in Cambodia and has developed a plan to compensate families of two workers who died in a recent accident at one of its factories there... David Welsh, who was involved in the negotiations, said that ‘each family would receive more than double what the factory initially offered to pay in total’.”
Huffington Post, “Aminul Islam, Murdered Bangladeshi Labor Activist, Still Without Justice 14 Months after Death,” June 22, 2013
More than a year after Islam, a union organizer, was kidnapped for a third time—then mutilated and killed—the Bangladeshi government has named a suspect and announced a reward for conviction. The pronouncement comes as the government faces criticism over dangerous and inhumane working conditions in the world's third-largest garment manufacturing sector. Akm Nasim, Islam's lawyer and an attorney with the Solidarity Center in Bangladesh, said he had a detailed conversation with his client immediately after one of the kidnappings. “It is beyond doubt that a National Security Intelligence officer was involved in the kidnapping," Nasim said in an interview. The findings, if any, of the government’s investigation into Islam's murder have not been made public.
AP/ FOX News, “One Bangladesh Garment Factory Shows Safety Efforts; Another Shows How Far Industry Has to Go,” June 21, 2013
Since the Tazreen fire, there have been more than 40 fires in Bangladesh garment factories, killing 16 people and injuring hundreds more, according to the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights group.
Reuters / Express Tribune (Pakistan), “Not Just Bangladesh, Garment Makers Pressured in Cambodia as Well,” June 6, 2013
"If the brands are not pressuring factories to improve, they are not going to improve because everybody is out to make as much money in the industry as they possibly can."—David Welsh, Solidarity Center country director.
Central America: Can Unity and Good Governance Work?” (opinion) l May 31, 2013
Nation (Thailand) l “Guatemala remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for trade unionists. Six died last year, according to the Washington-based Solidarity Center, including one shot while carrying his son in his arms.”
Cambodia Advised to Mend Its Textile Industry l May 30, 2013
Deutsche Welle l Solidarity Center Cambodia director, David Welsh, said if “the government's findings aren't being enforced by the owners of the factories, then those owners should not be allowed to operate." 
Global retailers Reject Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan l May 26, 2013
Oregon Live / AP l In the five months since last year's deadly blaze at Tazreen Fashions Ltd., there were 41 other "fire incidents" in Bangladesh factories — ranging from a deadly blaze to smaller fires or sparks that caused employees to panic, according to [the Solidarity Center.] 
H&M Apparel Linked to Collapsed Factory in Cambodia l May 22, 2013
Marketplace/Just Style l “Although Cambodian garment factories have been hailed as providing safer working conditions than those in Bangladesh, that does not constitute a safe industry,” says David Welsh Cambodia country program director at Solidarity Center.”
H&M: Clothing Made in Accident-Hit Cambodia Factory l May 21, 2013
Wall Street Journal l “David Welsh, Cambodia country director for Solidarity Center, a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO, questioned whether H&M should have known where its orders were going.” Subscription only.
Factory's Walkway Collapses, 23 Injured l May 21, 2013
UPI l “Dave Welsh, [Solidarity Center country program director in Cambodia] called for widespread reform of factory safety. ‘I'm not sure we need any more indications that there must be dramatic improvements,’ he said. A recent ILO report indicated that a quarter of garment and footwear factories surveyed were found to have industrial hazards, Welsh said.”
A Tale of Two Factory Disasters: What Cambodia Can Teach Bangladesh l May 20, 2013
Time l Since the [Better Factories] monitoring program debuted in Cambodia in 2001, various versions of it have been implemented across the globe, and at the end of last year there were talks regarding its introduction into Bangladesh. That proposal has now taken on a sense of urgency. There are questions, however, about the extent to which Better Factories has been a model program… Today, says David Welsh, the Cambodian representative of the [Solidarity Center], an advocacy group, more than 80% of [Cambodian] garment workers are employed through short-term contracts, usually lasting less than a year, which allow factories ‘to fire workers at the drop of a hat’ by not renewing their contract.”
Cambodia Factory Collapse: How Did Inspectors Miss It? l May 18, 2013
Alaska Dispatch/Global Post l “Global retail giants—such as H&M, Gap, Puma and Wal-Mart—have flocked to Cambodia as a cheap labor alternative. Experts even have exalted Cambodia as something of a ‘model’—at least in comparison with Bangladesh… To become a ‘model industry,’ [David Welsh, Solidarity Center country program director in Cambodia] recommends that the Cambodian government impose an appropriate living wage, enact a trade union law to protect union activists, and abolish the excessive use of short-term contracts—which union leaders believe creates job insecurity for workers.”
After Factory Collapse, Questions Mount over ILO Monitoring” (Cambodia) l May 17, 2103
Cambodia Daily l “Of the 45 footwear factories currently exporting shoes from Cambodia, only nine are being monitored by Better Factories… [and] participation in the program is voluntary… David Welsh, country director of the Solidarity Center, a U.S.-based workers’ rights organization, said that ILO was trapped as full transparency regarding the conditions inside garment and shoe factories could mean many factories would simply opt not to participate in the program.”
Cambodian Factory Deaths Shine Spotlight on Conditions l May 16, 2013
Deutsche Welle l “[David Welsh, Solidarity Center country program, director] said the casualties could have been far higher: ‘This is huge factory by Cambodian standards with 7,000 workers, but the collapse happened in a corner section’… Welsh said the deaths and injuries at Wing Star were symptomatic of wider problems.”
Ceiling Collapse at Cambodian Factory Shows Extent of Safety Issues l May 16, 2013
Globe and Mail (Canada) l “Comparing safety conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh and Cambodia, David Welsh, [Solidarity Center country program director in Cambodia], says: “The industry [in Bangladesh] is 10 times bigger, but in both places it’s an industry that preys on extremely low wages and the ability to cut corners.”
Cambodia Shoe Factory Collapse Kills Two” (video) l May 16, 2013
AFP l “Soundbite: Dave Welsh [Solidarity Center country program director in Cambodia]: "If you've seen recent ILO report findings for this quarter, there are serious deficiencies in fire safety still, in terms of factories being closed when they shouldn't be, workers being locked into factories. We don't know the circumstances here, but obviously there's vast improvement that needs to be made.”
What Brands, Workers, Governments and We Must Do in the Wake of the Tragedies in Bangladesh l May 8, 2013
Fashionista l Says the Solidarity Center’s Alonzo Suson, “I don’t think you can change the employers’ position on organizing, unless brands say unionized labor is required to do business. That would trigger something…. Of the 4,000+ garment factories, there are only 30 factory level unions, 20 of which formed in the last six months after the Tazreen factory fire. Workers were organizing, but the government refused to recognize them and register the unions. Without unions, it’s hard, if not impossible, for workers to raise issues.”
Bangladesh Building Collapse Kills More than 500 l May 6, 2013
Voice of America (China) l Alonzo Suson, Solidarity Center country program director in Bangladesh, said a 16-year-old worker told the Solidarity Center that, on the day of the collapse, she was threatened with losing a week's pay if she failed to enter the factory. She survived, but doctors had to amputate her arm. “Suson says clothing workers cannot refuse to work in unsafe conditions... (O)nly 25 to 30 factories have labor unions, and most were organized in the past six months.”
Why Big Fashion Labels Shouldn’t Pull out of Bangladesh l May 3, 2013
Time l "It’s the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens. It’s not the brands’ responsibility to do that,” says Alonzo Suson, the Bangladesh country director for the Solidarity Center, a labor-rights organization. Suson agrees that private companies should make sure their local partners are compliant with safety standards. “But it’s not correct to say everything is the brands’ problem.”
Retailers Face New Calls for Change Following Factory Collapse l April 30, 2013
UPI l “Companies are looking for the cheapest possible places to produce their goods, and they’re not asking, why are these places so inexpensive?” said Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau.
The High Price of Cheap Clothing" (podcast) l April 30, 2013
To the Point/KCRW l Solidarity Center Asia Regional Director Tim Ryan discusses working conditions in Bangladesh, the recent building collapse and what can be done to protect workers in the garment sector.
Big Brands Rejected Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan l April 27, 2013
Loredo Sun/AP l “After a factory fire killed 112 garment workers in November, clothing brands and retailers continued to reject a union-sponsored proposal to improve safety throughout Bangladesh's $20 billion garment industry… The Solidarity Center, the non-profit group affiliated with the AFL-CIO, said its staff in Bangladesh compiled the list of 41 ‘fire incidents’ from local media and counted any incident that caused injury or evacuation as an indication of compromised safety.”
Big Brands Rejected Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan l April 26, 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek l “In the five months since last year's deadly blaze at Tazreen Fashions Ltd., there were 40 other fires in Bangladeshi factories, killing nine workers and injuring more than 660,” according to the Solidarity Center.
Savar Tragedy Triggers Outcry Worldwide l April 26, 2013
Financial Express (Bangladesh) l Solidarity Center Asia Department's Director Timothy Ryan “told the Business Insider that the unsafe factory conditions in Bangladesh stem from an 'institutional failure of the government. This happens all the time’.”
Poor Countries Can Keep Workers Safe and Still Escape Poverty l April 25, 2013
Washington Post l In Cambodia, the Solidarity Center provided advice and technical assistance to indigenous unions forming in Cambodia.
In Bangladesh, a Frantic Search for Survivors after a Factory Collapse l April 24, 2013
Atlantic Cities l Repeats Alonzo Suson’s quote from the New York Times.
Latest Bangladesh Garment Factory Disaster Kills over 100 l April 24, 2013
Fahionista l Repeats Alonzo Suson’s quote from the New York Times.
Building Collapse in Bangladesh Leaves Scores Dead l April 24, 2013
New York Times l “An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble.” Alonzo Suson, Solidarity Center country director, “said Wednesday’s accident illustrated the repeated failure of government inspectors to ensure that safety standards were met.”
In the Wake of a Deadly Fire, Garment Workers Push for Stronger Protection l April 24, 2013
The Atlantic l According to the Solidarity Center, “as of mid-April at least 41 (fire incidents) have taken place in Bangladesh since the blaze at Tazreen, a facility in the capital...”
Bangladesh Factory Disasters Will Become 'More and More' Common l April 24, 2013
Business Insider l Timothy Ryan, Asia regional director for the Solidarity Center, said “that the unsafe factory conditions in Bangladesh stem from an ‘institutional failure of the government” to regulate factories. “Workers noticed cracks in the building on Tuesday but were forced to show up for work on Wednesday anyway. ‘There's a level of callousness and greed in this context,’ Ryan said.”
Global Brands Come Under Fire as another Factory Disaster Claims Nearly 100 in Bangladesh l April 24, 2013
Brand Channel l The Solidarity Center, in a statement, said: “Another four garment factories in Bangladesh became death traps today… The organization is calling on the Bangladesh government to enforce its labor and building codes, on brands that source from the country to prioritize health and safety conditions in factories, and on both to respect the rights of workers and to recognize that the only way Bangladesh will have safe factories is if workers have a voice on the job.”
'Historic’ Deal for Workers | March 4, 2013 (Cambodia)
Phnom Penh Post | The deal will result in about $200,000 in wages and benefits being paid to workers who were stranded when the garment factory in Phnom Penh closed unannounced in December. “It’s an enormous moment in Cambodia’s labor history, brands sitting down with the poorest workers,” said Dave Welsh, Solidarity Center country director.
Wal-Mart and H&M Suppliers Pay Workers at Closed Cambodia Plant | March 2, 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek | “Following a two-day hunger strike, suppliers to Wal-Mart and Hennes & Mauritz agreed to pay about $145,000 in back wages and severance to about 160 workers at a Cambodian factory that closed in November...” The agreement was reached at a meeting in Phnom Penh that included representatives from the brands and their suppliers, according to David Welsh, country director in Cambodia of Solidarity Center.
A Flurry of Fires in Bangladesh Raise Concerns over Garment-Worker Safety | March 1, 2013
Washington Post | According to the Solidarity Center in Dhaka, “The Smart Exports blaze was only one among 39 that have taken place in the three months since the Tazreen fire.”
No Rest for Weary Massage Workers | February 22, 2013 (Cambodia)
IPS | “Formal employment is hard to come by and many workers find themselves drifting in the murky waters of the ‘informal’ market, where wages are unregulated and labor laws are seldom honored… ‘ [T]he field ‘is largely unregulated,’ according to David Welsh of the Solidarity Center, a non-governmental organization that advocates for workers’ rights.’”
Association Hailed on Gender Programs | February 22, 2013 (Nigeria)
Nation (Nigeria) | “Stakeholders have praised the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) for its determination to encourage female members’ active participation in leadership activities… Through Solidarity Center support between 2009 and 2012, the union conducted [a] series of gender and leadership trainings for members and eventually developed its gender policy document in 2010.” 
Shrimp Firms Working to Beef up Compliance Before GSP Hearing | February 20, 2013
Daily Star (Bangladesh) | “A tripartite body has been formed to make an action plan… Bangladesh Frozen Food Exporters Association (BFFEA), Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) and ([the Solidarity Center) chalked out an agreement last month to achieve desired standards at shrimp processing plants as per the ILO Core Labor Standard and Bangladesh Labor Act 2006.”
Report Says Factory Initiative a Failure | February 19, 2013 (Cambodia)
Phnom Penh Post, (Cambodia) | Dave Welsh, Solidarity Center country director said, “it was crucial that BFC (Better Factories, Cambodia) be able to enforce its findings by issuing a penalty or punishment—or at least by publicly naming a factory violating the law… Welsh said the BFC model was planned for Bangladesh, where the number of factories is 'tenfold' and problems, including assassinations, were rife.” 
Thousands of Workers Take to Picket Lines | February 13, 2013 (Cambodia)
Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia) | Yesterday, on the anniversary of the shooting of three garment workers at the Manhattan Special Economic Zone, some 5,000 workers went on strike. Simultaneously, about 7,000 workers blocked the road outside a shuttered garment factory to demand unpaid wages. Dave Welsh, Solidarity Center country program director in Cambodia, said ”…the government needed to provide a framework in which to discuss a national minimum wage and regular pay rises.”
Human Trafficking: A Big Business Built on Forced Labor | February 1, 2013 (op-ed)
Huffington Post | “Trafficking in persons has become a big business. Globally, it's a $32 billion industry involving 161 countries… Some 78 percent of forced labor is based on state or privately imposed exploitation, not forced sexual exploitation," writes Neha Misra, Solidarity Center Migration and Human Trafficking specialist.
The Plight of Cambodia’s Garment Workers | February 1, 2013
Asian Correspondent | Dave Welsh, Solidarity Center program director in Cambodia, told the Voice of Democracy in August that, “it really is the brands putting the squeeze around the world on the industry. But the industry doesn’t mind, because the people who suffer are not the owners, the people who suffer are the workers.”
GSP Hinges on Government’s Detailed Work Plan | January 30, 2013 (Bangladesh)
Priyo (Bangladesh) | “The continuation of duty-free export under U.S.'s GSP scheme depends on the Bangladeshi government and industry owners, [Alonzo Suson, Solidarity Center Bangladesh country program director] said yesterday. …  ‘All they have to do is come up with a binding and comprehensive work plan that has evidence of immediate and substantial implementation,’ Suson said. … amid mounting concerns over the extension of the generalized system of preferences by the U.S., after the U.S. Trade Representative sought a report from the government about the progress in labor standards and compliance in factories.” 

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