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Peru, mine workers, strike, job safety and health, Solidarity Center

Peru Mine Workers from 56 Unions Wage Nationwide Strike

Mine workers from 56 unions in Peru started an indefinite, nationwide strike yesterday to protest the government’s proposed labor reforms, says Ricardo Juarez, secretary-general of the National Federation of Mining, Metallurgical and Steel Workers of Peru (FNTMMSP). Miners voted to approve the strike in May. Juarez told Reuters that miners want President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski… [READ MORE]

Kenya, Mombasa, migrant workers, domestic workers, human rights, Solidarity Center

Kenya Domestic Workers Find Hope with Union

Like many women in Mombasa, Kenya, Alice Mwadzi says for years she barely eked out a living. A lack of jobs in the port city for many means a constant struggle to survive—selling fruit on busy highways or hauling carts stacked with heavy water containers through congested streets—involving long hours of often back-breaking work for… [READ MORE]

Brazil, labor law reform, unions, Solidarity Center, Michel Temer

Brazil Passes Extreme Anti-Worker Labor Law

Brazil workers and their unions are outraged and vowing further protests over a draconian labor law reform the Senate passed yesterday that will weaken labor regulations as well as restrict financing for unions. The law, which President Michel Temer supports and is expected to sign, will remove all restrictions on outsourcing, dismantle labor rights, including… [READ MORE]

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“Sok Phany, a legal officer at the Solidarity Center, an NGO that supports labor unions and worker rights, said she didn’t think the four would be charged as the complaint may have only been intended to silence them. ‘The worker representatives were not at the scene when the road was blocked,’ Ms. Phany said.”

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