Thailand Urged to Drop Charges against Rights Defenders

The global labor and human rights communities are urging the government of Thailand to drop charges against three human rights defenders who recently released documentation of torture in the country’s three southern provinces, home to a Muslim and ethnic Malay majority. A decision by Thailand’s public prosecutor on whether to prosecute Somchai Hom La-or, Pornpen… [READ MORE]

Workers’ Equality Forum: Share Your Story!

Sam Oliver, a union shop steward at the Sime Darby Rubber and Oil plantation in Liberia, where workers live in company-provided housing, says “people lived in deplorable” conditions before joining the General Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (GAAWUL). Today, says Oliver, a warehouse clerk on the plantation, “through the intervention of this union,… [READ MORE]

Decent Jobs at Home Means Not Risking Your Life Abroad

If working people could find good jobs, they would not be forced into a desperate search for employment in other countries, a process that means they often are exploited and abused, says Caroline Khamati Mugalla, executive secretary of the East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC). “If I have a decent job at home, I will… [READ MORE]

Labor Migration Conference: ‘Our Voices Will Be Strong’

“We want to make our voices heard and strong in Africa and globally. Our voices will be strong,” Joel Odigie told the more than 130 union leaders, migrant worker rights advocates and top international human rights officials in the closing session of the Solidarity Center labor migration conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. “This wasn’t just… [READ MORE]

‘We Don’t Park Our Human Rights at the Border’

More than 130 union leaders, migrant worker rights advocates and top international human rights officials from nearly two dozen countries were urged to take action to improve migrant worker rights in by a range of speakers on the second day of the January 25–27 Solidarity Center fair labor migration conference.  (Follow the conference on Twitter… [READ MORE]

‘Growing Level of Intolerance against Labor Migrants’

Xenophobia and racism are embedded in the daily economic and social situation of labor migrants and refugees, according to Joseph Rudigi Rukema, a sociology professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. “The world is witnessing a growing level of intolerance against foreign labor migrants, refugee and asylum seekers,” he s­­­­­­ays. Rukema kicked off the afternoon session… [READ MORE]

Women Nearly Half of Labor Migrants in Africa

An estimated 998,000 African migrants entered South Africa between 2011 and 2015, says Mondli Hlatshwayo, coordinator with the Center for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg, where he researches community and trade union education, especially strengthening and building grassroots social justice formations. But although labor migration from Africa has historically been a… [READ MORE]

‘Create Decent Work at Home so Labor Migration Is a Choice’

The respect and dignity of labor migrants is under increasing threat, says Kassahun Follo, first vice president, International Trade Union Confederation-Africa, as migrant workers are demonized and denied basic rights, actions driven by exploitation, racism and xenophobia. Follo spoke this morning at the opening of the January 25–27 Solidarity Center conference, “Achieving Fair Migration: Roles… [READ MORE]

Labor Migration Conference Opens Tomorrow

Prexedes, 41, supports her family as a domestic worker, juggling jobs at three employers in Johannesburg, South Africa. Originally from Zimbabwe, Prexedes says after her divorce, she had no choice but to seek work cleaning homes, cooking, and caring for others’ children to raise her own three children. Over the years, her employers have refused… [READ MORE]

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