Trade Union Strengthening

Workers Empowered: 2016 Solidarity Center Annual Report

Over the past year, the Confederation of Trade Unions-Myanmar (CTUM) added 7,000 members and the El Salvador sugarcane cutters union, SITRACANA, affiliated 936 new members between with Solidarity Center support. Meanwhile, through cooperation with the Solidarity Center and Iraqi unions, the government of Iraq began implementing the labor law that went into effect in 2015…. [READ MORE]

In Grim Times, Brazil Young Workers Take Charge of Future

Among the millions of Brazilians who waged a recent 24-hour general strike to protest proposed legislation that would weaken labor regulations, many were young workers, some newly mobilized by the government’s attempts to impose drastic cuts on pensions, salaries and social security and dismantle labor rights, including provisions on vacations, overtime and working hours. “The… [READ MORE]

Brazil Workers Strike in Early May Day Protest

Workers across Brazil launched a 24-hour general strike today, sparked by proposed legislation that would weaken labor regulations and force many Brazilians to work years longer before drawing a pension. Workers are protesting the government’s plans to remove all restrictions on outsourcing, impose drastic cuts on pensions, salaries and social security and dismantle labor rights,… [READ MORE]

Dedicated Bangladesh Union Organizer Targeted for Work

  • April 20, 2017
  • Compiled by Jennifer Kuhlman

As we approach April 24, the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,130 garment workers and severely injured thousands more, the Solidarity Center is posting first-person stories of three garment worker union organizers who were deeply involved in the aftermath of Rana Plaza and who were arrested… [READ MORE]

2,000 Peru Miners Strike for Health Care, Workplace Rights

Update: Striking mine workers are standing strong despite the Peru Ministry of Labor declaring their strike illegal during a second appeal process yesterday and company threats to fire all the workers if they do not return to work by Wednesday. Construction workers, members of the Peruvian General Workers Confederation (CGTP), announced that they will join… [READ MORE]

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]

Farm Workers March across Mexico for Fair Wages

  • March 21, 2017
  • Gladys Cisneros

Dozens of day-labor farm workers (jornaleros) demanded improved wages, democratic representation, an end to sexual harassment and access to clean water as they marched across Mexico in a national caravan, “Fair Wages and Dignified Life.” The workers, who left Baja California March 4 and arrived in Mexico City on March 17, sought to raise renewed awareness… [READ MORE]

‘We Can’t Wait for Men to Help Us. We Women Have to Do It’

Women’s economic empowerment is linked to achieving broader labor rights for workers around the globe and women must join together no matter what their interests or jobs to bring about gender equality at work, panelists said today at an AFL-CIO panel in New York City. “We’re not talking about ‘women’s rights’ and ‘worker rights’—it’s one… [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]

‘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]

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