Asia

Pakistan Unions Make Big Gains in Membership

  • December 5, 2017
  • Solidarity Center

In Pakistan, recent gains in union membership and expansion of worker support services reflect Solidarity Center efforts to promote worker rights through programs and training that address union strengthening, legal and technical education, gender equality and communications outreach. Between 2010-2016, membership in Pakistan unions with which the Solidarity Center engaged increased from 134,801 to 146,724,… [READ MORE]

5 Years after Tazreen, Workers’ Progress at Risk

  • November 24, 2017
  • Tim Ryan, Solidarity Center Asia Region Director

Five years is a lifetime in the fashion industry. The fast fashion cycle demands quicker and quicker turnarounds, sometimes in months or even weeks. This puts downward pressure on suppliers in terms of prices for the goods they produce and increases demands on workers, usually to work more for less. The last five years in… [READ MORE]

Social Justice Unionism: Labor Can Make Change

“Informal workers are organizing and they will organize as long as there is injustice and oppression,” says Sue Schurman, distinguished professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University. Opening a Solidarity Center book launch and panel discussions on Informal Workers and Collective Action: A Global Perspective this morning, Schurman also cautioned that unless… [READ MORE]

Thai Public Employees Campaign to Save Jobs, Union Rights

Public-sector employees in Thailand are stepping up their campaign to save jobs and hard-won benefits that would be lost if lawmakers approve a draft law privatizing state-owned companies. Some 50,000 state enterprise workers will lose their jobs or transfer to companies with fewer benefits, and their collective bargaining process will also be at risk under… [READ MORE]

Kailash Satyarthi: Unions Essential to Ending Child Labor

  • August 10, 2017
  • Nathan Benevides

Kailash Satyarthi, a Solidarity Center ally, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for his lifelong efforts to end child labor. He began this work much earlier, in 1986 in Jharkand province—one of India’s poorest regions at the time, a place where child labor was common across a variety of industries. Since then, Satyarthi has freed… [READ MORE]

Ong Kay: The Real Story behind Siem Reap Temples

Cambodia’s Siem Reap temple complex draws millions of tourists each year. But what most tourists do not see are the restoration workers like Ong Kay, who are paid low wages and toil under the hot sun without safety clothing or equipment to protect against falling stones and other hazards. Ong describes his experience in the… [READ MORE]

Cambodia Brewery Workers Win Suit, Charge Intimidation

A $60,000 claim by Cambodia’s largest brewer against the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF) and its leader, Sar Mora, was dismissed this week by the Cambodian Provincial Court in Sihanoukville, putting an end to what the union alleges is the latest volley in the company’s years-long campaign to intimidate workers. Cambrew, which is… [READ MORE]

Cambodia’s Domestic Workers Demand Recognition

  • July 10, 2017
  • Nathan Benevides

Lack of job protections, combined with the invisibility of their work, means many domestic workers toil long hours in unsafe conditions without a minimum wage or access to health care, sick leave or pensions. In Cambodia, domestic workers, who are not recognized as workers under national labor law or protected by Association of Southeast Asian… [READ MORE]

Taiwanese Unionist Recognized by U.S.

  • June 30, 2017
  • Nathan Benevides

A Taiwanese activist fighting for the rights of migrant fisherman received the “Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery Award”  from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the annual release of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report this week. Allison Lee founded Yilan Migrant Fisherman Union (YMFU) in 2013, after years working at a counseling center… [READ MORE]

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