Georgia Teachers Sign Historic Pact

In a precedent-setting move, the union representing teachers in Georgia signed a pact with the education ministry last month, signaling the new government’s willingness to partner with teachers—although unions in other sectors, including the railways and postal sector remain under attack. Unions in Georgia have struggled for their right to organize for more than a… [READ MORE]

Nigeria: Workers Report Long-Term Toll of Violence

Even as an uneasy but relative peace takes hold in northeastern Nigeria, the death toll and violence of the past several years is having long-term effects on returning teachers, healthcare workers and civil servants in Borno state, according to a joint survey completed by public-sector unions last month. The unions, with Solidarity Center support, documented… [READ MORE]

Thailand Drops Charges against Rights Defenders

The global labor and human rights communities welcomed news that Thailand’s military on Tuesday withdrew criminal complaints against three human rights activists who recently documented torture in the country’s three southern provinces, and announced plans to work with human rights groups to further verify human rights violations and reduce their occurrence. The charges proposed by… [READ MORE]

New Contract for ArcelorMittal Liberia Workers Union

Hundreds of miners, forklift drivers and other workers at ArcelorMittal in Libera recently regained the jobs they lost following the 2014 Ebola epidemic and won back important benefits as part of a new collective bargaining agreement. The ArcelorMittal Liberia Workers Union and the company late last month entered into the two-year agreement, which continues a… [READ MORE]

Global Unions Rally for 350 Fired Georgia Workers

Some 350 workers at the Georgia chemical company Rustavi Azot recently were dismissed without notice or compensation and nearly 2,000 more threatened with firing unless they accept new, short-term contracts. The actions by the company, which produces mineral fertilizers, ammonia, sodium cyanide and nitric acid, generated protests in Rustavi and Tbilisi, garnered international support and… [READ MORE]

New ILO Report Predicts Rising Working Poverty, Migration

A new International Labor Organization report raises concerns about the ability of the global economy to generate sufficient jobs, improve the quality of employment and ensure that the gains of growth are shared. “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2017,” finds that disappointing economic growth predicts high unemployment and decent work deficits, including an increase… [READ MORE]

BANGLADESH: Wage Strike Sparks Government Crackdown

  • January 6, 2017
  • Timothy Ryan

In mid-December, a strike in Ashulia, an industrial suburb of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, and a ready-made garment sector hub, quickly snowballed into widespread unrest. Garment workers abandoned their factories to call for a living wage in response to ever-rising costs. Mass arrests and firings ensued. The minimum wage for a Bangladeshi garment worker is $68… [READ MORE]

2 Honduran Rights Activists Killed, More Threatened

The leader of a rural land rights organization and a fellow activist were killed in recent days in the northern Honduran department of Colόn, and other activists report escalating threats and intimidation. José Angel Flores, head of MUCA (Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán), and MUCA activist Silmer Dionisio George were shot by four men… [READ MORE]

Workers Campaign for Portable Benefits in East Africa

The East African Trade Union Federation (EATUC)—representing national trade union centers in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—is conducting a regionwide campaign for passage of a social security portability bill through the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). Passage of the bill into law will benefit citizens crossing borders within six member countries of the East African… [READ MORE]

Morocco Government Assaults Spur Sit-in

About four thousand workers staged a sit-in outside parliament in Rabat yesterday in a show of popular protest against socioeconomic policies that are economically harmful to working people, among them planned pension reforms, a freeze on talks with civil society groups and ongoing violations of worker rights–including the government’s refusal to negotiate with trade unions… [READ MORE]

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