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Solidarity Center Launches Worker Rights Legal Network

Globalization has enabled corporations and governments to weaken rights protections and erode decent work around the world–to the detriment of workers and their ability to feed their families, enjoy safe workplaces and have a say in policies that affect their lives. This imbalance drives inequality and exploitation, across borders and along supply chains. And it… [READ MORE]

Video: Ending Gender Violence at Work with Collective Action

Seeking a job to support her family but lacking opportunity in her native Bangladesh, Shahida became a domestic worker far from her home. Beyond duties in her employer’s home, she was forced to work at the houses of several of his relatives, giving her little time to sleep. Shahida was provided stale leftovers for her… [READ MORE]

Solidarity Center Loses Tenacious Advocate Lisa McGowan

The Solidarity Center is mourning the loss of our colleague, sister and friend, Lisa McGowan, who succumbed to cancer November 24, 2018. Lisa was a deeply passionate advocate for the marginalized, channeling boundless energy and true heart into her lifelong campaign for worker rights and the advancement of women. An economist and gender expert with… [READ MORE]

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A minimum wage has been invaluable for big pools of unskilled workers, said David Welsh, a Southeast Asia country director for labor rights group Solidarity Center. “Any elevation of wages benefits workers. Remove minimum wages from the policy equation and you have a recipe for disaster.”

“[W]hen faced with authoritarian regimes or institutions that deny people their basic rights, unions and other civil society organizations face a choice: Step up, form coalitions and build true economic and political freedom. Or, appease the ruling elite which will, eventually, work to destroy the labor movement,” writes the Solidarity Center’s executive director, Shawna Bader-Blau.

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