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75+ Union Members among Those Killed in Somalia

At least 300 people are now confirmed dead and 500 injured from the weekend’s double car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that targeted two areas, including a busy hotel and shopping district. More than 75 union members are among the dead. Among them, at least 50 transport union members and more than 25 hotel workers…. [READ MORE]

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Workers Empowered: 2016 Solidarity Center Annual Report

Over the past year, the Confederation of Trade Unions-Myanmar (CTUM) added 7,000 members and the El Salvador sugarcane cutters union, SITRACANA, affiliated 936 new members between with Solidarity Center support. Meanwhile, through cooperation with the Solidarity Center and Iraqi unions, the government of Iraq began implementing the labor law that went into effect in 2015…. [READ MORE]

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Zimbabwe Vendor Ban Targets Vulnerable Workers

The government in Zimbabwe is moving to ban market vendors in Harare at a time when more than 90 percent of the workforce labors in the informal economy and 85 percent or more Zimbabweans are seeking decent work. “People who are into street vending are not into it for their liking, but are being forced… [READ MORE]

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The United Nations Security Council recently adopted Resolution 2371—the latest sanctions on North Korea. In so doing, the Security Council acquiesced to the continuation of the country’s state-sponsored, forced-labor-for-export scheme and abandoned an important opportunity to protect the rights and dignity of workers as defined by UN conventions, writes the Solidarity Center’s Jeff Vogt.  

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