2018 Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time:  1:15 to 2:45 p.m.Place: UN Headquarters in New York, New York.

Towards a Global Compact that Safeguards the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families: An Interactive Dialogue of the ILO and Constituents with Civil Society and other Stakeholders


The Council of Global Unions Working Group on Migration (CGU-WGM) joins with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to organize a side event on Wednesday 4 April, 2018 from 1:15 to 2:45pm, during the third round of negotiations on the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Learn more here.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Distaster

Bangladesh, garment workers, fire safety, Solidarity Center

Workers will commemorate the anniversary of the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, in which 1,100 garment workers were killed as the multi-story building pancaked in a preventable accident that also left thousands severely injured. Five years later, many survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again.

April 28, 2018

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

This year the ILO’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work joins with the World Day Against Child Labor for a  campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labor.

The 541 million young workers (15-24 years old) account for more than 15 per cent of the world’s labor force and suffer up to a 40 percent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than adult workers older than 25.

 June 12, 2018

World Day against Child Labor

child labor, Solidarity CenterThe most recent global estimates suggest some 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labor, with boys and girls in this age group almost equally affected. The persistence of child labor is rooted in poverty and lack of decent work for adults, lack of social protection and a failure to ensure that all children are attending school through to the legal minimum age for admission to employment.

The annual World Day Against Child Labor, established by the United Nations, is an opportunity to raise your voice against child labor and in the call for all children to have a right to education.

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June 16, 2018

International Domestic Workers Day

Kenya, unions, domestic workers, decent work, Solidarity CenterToday marks the fourth anniversary of the United Nation’s passage of Domestic Workers Convention 189, which asserts that domestic workers are entitled to the same basic rights as those available to other workers, including weekly days off, limits to hours of work, minimum wage coverage, overtime compensation, and clear information on the terms and conditions of employment.

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July 18, 2018

Nelson Mandela Day

The global union movement celebrates Nelson Mandela on the 97th anniversary of his birth. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in 2009 via unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly.

In championing justice, equality and democracy, Mandela made it clear that worker rights are an essential part of achieving those goals. As he said: “The kind of democracy that we all seek to build demands that we deepen and broaden the rights of all citizens. This includes a culture of workers’ rights.”

July 30, 2018

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

trafficking in persons, Solidarity Center, UNEach year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope stolen. Today year marks the second United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness about this crime, and to send a message of hope to all those trapped in this abuse.

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October 7, 2018

World Day for Decent Work

Mexico, miners, Solidarity Center, Los Mineros

Decent work means not only employment, but workplaces that are safe, healthy and that provide workers with wages that support their families. Decent work is about fairness on the job and social protections for workers when they are sick, injured or retire.

Find out more about World Day for Decent Work.


November 24, 2018

Tazreen Fire Anniversary

A deadly 2012 fire at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory in Bangladesh killed 112 garment workers and injured hundreds more. Three years later, many survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again.

Find out more.





November 25, 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


One-third of women globally have experienced gender-based violence in their homes and on the job. Gender-based violence at work includes verbal abuse, threats of abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, psychological abuse, threats of murder and murder, economic and financial abuse, stalking and forced prostitution. Each year, the United Nations sets November 24 as a day to reflect on, and take action against, this pervasive scourge.


December 1, 2018

World Aids Day

The United Nations set a goal to end AIDS by 2030, and each year marks December 1 as World AIDS Day to encourage people around the world to take action to prevent HIV/AIDS by educating and sharing information on how to prevent the disease.



December 2, 2018

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

There are 5.5 million child slaves in the world. This is just an estimate of the number of children in forced labor, because trafficking as an illicit crime is hard to measure. Children in slavery can be found all around you—be it in domestic homes, in shops, in roadside eateries, in agricultural farms, in factories, in brothels, in mines

#EndChildSlaveryWeek is a campaign to raise awareness on all forms of child slavery and to encourage everyone to raise our voices and take action against this modern day slavery.


December 10, 2018

International Human Rights Day

decent work, Mexico, domestic workers, Solidarity CenterThe United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention to “the peoples of the world” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Among its provisions, the Human Rights Declaration grants all people “the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment,” and the right to form and to join trade unions.

Domestic workers in Mexico cast their votes to form a union in August 2015. Credit: CACEH


December 18, 2018

International Migrants Day

An estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants fuel Thailand’s huge fishing industry. Credit: Solidarity Center/Jeanne Hallacy

Fifteen years ago, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day, the date in 1990 that the General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Labor migration feeds the global economy. There are an estimated 247 million migrants in the world, the overwhelming majority migrating for work. Migrant workers generated global remittances of more than $580 billion in 2013.