Police Block Worker Protests in Zimbabwe, Enter Union Offices

Police entered trade union offices today and, following earlier arrests blocking street protests, are creating a climate of intimidation limiting public challenge to a recent court ruling causing thousands of workers to lose their jobs, with more job losses expected. “The mass retrenchments emanating from the Supreme Court ruling of July [17], 2015, will exacerbate… [READ MORE]

Honduras: Union Leader Receives Retaliatory Death Threat

Another union leader in Honduras, where violence is commonplace, has received a death threat.  José Armando Flores Jimenez, president of the Union of Health Workers in eastern Honduras-SITRASAOH, was threatened for allegedly making public the discovery of medications buried on the grounds of Health Region Number Seven buildings in El Paraiso, possibly to divert them… [READ MORE]

Liberia Law Boosts Rights of Informal-Economy Workers

Liberian domestic workers and other informal-economy workers in Liberia are set to receive significant wage gains, collective bargaining rights and labor law protection under the Decent Work Bill signed today by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The bill takes effect when printed into handbills for distribution. Unskilled workers will earn a minimum of $3.50 per day,… [READ MORE]

Eviction of Street Vendors Begins Today in Zimbabwe

Street vendors in several Zimbabwean towns were evicted today, following a June 26 deadline to remove their stalls in the city centers and set up in government-approved areas. Government officials warned that force could be used if they refuse. Although Harare street vendors have so far resisted eviction, the future is uncertain, says Wisborn Malaya,… [READ MORE]

ILO: Failure to Protect Informal-Economy Workers Is Not an Option

  • June 19, 2015
  • Tom Egan

Rarely do governments admit failing their citizens. However, on Friday the 193-member states of the United Nations did just that when they voted to rectify their failure to uphold the rights of workers and to ensure decent working conditions for more than half of the world’s working women and men. By voting for an International… [READ MORE]

Economic Growth without Jobs Fuels Migration

Governments of migrants’ countries of origin could be doing much more to harness the phenomenon of labor migration toward inclusive growth, according to a new report that investigated high-migration communities in Indonesia. The study, which examined the role of labor migration in achieving the aims of an inclusive growth agenda in origin countries, looked at… [READ MORE]

Survey Reveals Abuse of Textile Workers in Swaziland

A recent survey by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) of more than 400 textile workers in Manzini, Swaziland, reveals that workers in the textile sector are subject to harsh and sometimes abusive conditions, many of the country’s labor laws are routinely violated by employers, and union activists are targeted by employers for punishment…. [READ MORE]

Thailand: Police Get Manual to Combat Human Trafficking

Thai police will now be equipped with a detailed manual helping them identify and address human trafficking, a growing crime in many countries that involves forced labor or sexual exploitation. The Solidarity Center provided technical and financial support to the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) for the project. The HRDF then engaged in a… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh: 17 Garment Fires Since 112 Killed in Tazreen

It has been nearly a month since at least 112 Bangladeshi workers died in the horrific fire at Tazreen Fashion Ltd garment factory. A government probe has identified nine mid-level officials “who barred the workers from leaving the factory after the fire broke out,” according to the Bangladesh Daily Star Report. The factory owners kept… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh Garment Workers Federation Pledges Action at Factory Level

When Kona, a textile worker in Bangladesh, tried to help her co-workers win better conditions on the job, she was harassed to the point where she and her husband were forced into hiding. But through the assistance of the garment workers’ union federation, which negotiated a resolution with management, Kona ultimately resumed her life and… [READ MORE]

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