Peru: Factory Fire Exposes Forced, Child Labor

  • June 30, 2017
  • Solidarity Center

A deadly fire in a Peruvian warehouse has exposed forced and child labor and exploitive working conditions in the country’s vast informal economy. Four workers, one just 15 years old, who were locked into storage containers that doubled as work spaces are missing and presumed dead. The blaze also injured at least 15 people, according… [READ MORE]

Peru: Unions, Civil Society Aid Victims of Deadly Floods

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Racing to help the more than 640,000 people affected by massive flooding along coastal Peru, trade unions, faith-based organizations, academic institutions and other civil-society organizations have mobilized to ensure lifesaving supplies and other items reach affected communities. Since December, two dozen provinces in Peru have witnessed a period of intense rains and destructive mudslides that… [READ MORE]

Memorial Service for Earl Brown March 25

The AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., is hosting a memorial for Brother Earl Brown, with a reception to follow. Please RSVP to: information@solidaritycenter.org If you are unable to attend, the memorial will be broadcast live here. Saturday, March 25 AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., program begins at 3 p.m…. [READ MORE]

Solidarity Center Backs Migrant Workers, Refugees

The toxic spread of xenophobia, racism, misogyny and fear marginalizes millions of migrant workers and refugees—further disenfranchising people whose jobs do not lift them from poverty, afford them safe workplaces or uphold their dignity. The Solidarity Center is fighting this ugly trend through programs that recognize the human rights of workers, support their dreams of… [READ MORE]

Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Union Deepens

The arrest and detention of two union leaders in Kazakhstan marks an escalation in government attempts to silence unions it does not control. KNPRK Deputy President Nurbek Kushakbaev and local union Chairman Amin Yeleusinov were arrested January 20 after oil workers, including the two leaders, began a hunger strike to protest the Kazakh government’s legal action… [READ MORE]

Honduran Unions Win Improved Labor Law

A four-year campaign by Honduran labor unions to improve workplaces and strengthen the rights of workers culminated with the Honduran National Congress approving a new labor inspection law last week. Honduran unions, working in concert, successfully built a consensus with business and government to ease passage of their proposed new law. In 2015, a tripartite… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh: Campaign to Silence Garment Workers

The Solidarity Center warns that the broad crackdown on garment workers, union leaders and worker rights activists in Bangladesh marks a troubling escalation of efforts to silence garment workers and criminalize their fundamental rights to organize, speak to power and improve their lives and livelihoods. In a new briefing document, the Solidarity Center outlines the… [READ MORE]

Make People > Profits: UN Special Rapporteur

Millions of workers in the global economy have been disenfranchised from their rights, either tacitly or deliberately by governments, exacerbating “global inequality, poverty, violence and child and forced labor,” says Maina Kiai, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and of association, in a frank report presented last week to the… [READ MORE]

Fire Kills Migrant Workers in Russia

The search for a better future and the means to support their families in Kyrgyzstan ended tragically for 14 migrant workers Saturday, August 27, in Moscow, when their printing plant caught fire. All of the victims were young women, including two 17-year-old girls, according to reports. Three Russian workers also died. Burials for the workers… [READ MORE]

UN Consultation on Worker Rights Gathers Global Experts

More than two dozen worker, union and human rights experts from around the world gathered last week in Kenya to discuss some of the most intractable global labor issues: informalization of work, gender inequality, migrant worker rights and the erosion of workers’ freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association. The two-day “Expert Consultation on Freedom… [READ MORE]

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