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Union Women Tackle Gender-Based Violence at Work

Women trade unionists in Indonesia and in Honduras and other Central American countries who are tackling gender-based violence at work often start by changing a culture of patriarchy within their own unions, according to speakers at a Solidarity Center-sponsored panel today in New York City. “Unions in the past only focused on economic issues—gender-based violence… [READ MORE]

Zimbabwe State Security Releases ITUC Africa Director

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Hours after state security agents forcibly removed and detained ITUC-Africa Secretary General Kwasi Adu Amankwah in Harare, Zimbabwe, Amankwah was released and allowed to continue his official visit, according to the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). State security agents took Amankwah to Robert Mugabe International Airport in the early morning hours today where he… [READ MORE]

Colombia Food Workers Union Denounces Leader’s Murder

In Colombia, the national union of food workers, SINTRAIMAGRA, is denouncing the murder of one of its union leaders and is asking the government to identify, capture and prosecute those who perpetrated the crime. Shortly before he died, Edilberto Niño Cristancho told authorities he was stabbed 18 times by two assailants as he boarded a… [READ MORE]

For More Fair African Economies, Make AGOA Work for All

The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has done little to build economies that work for all Africans but, if better utilized and combined with meaningful commitments to human rights and development, AGOA could undergird the establishment of strong, sustainable and diversified economies in sub-Saharan Africa, say 16 civil society organizations. In a statement distributed… [READ MORE]

Colombian Palm Workers Gain Long-Sought Recognition

  • March 28, 2018
  • Lauren Stewart

After years of hardship for workers due to illegal corporate employment practices and a lack of recognition of their rights, a Colombian union of subcontracted palm workers won direct employment contracts for 730 of its members. Successful negotiations followed a 20-day strike earlier this year that brought management of the largest palm oil producer in the… [READ MORE]

Women Farm Workers: Achieving Justice on the Job

Women farm laborers are among the most exploited workers around the world—forced to endure long days in harsh conditions, paid subsistence wages and often subject to physical and psychological violence on the job. Yet they are standing up for their rights and demanding workplace justice through their unions and worker associations, as two Solidarity Center… [READ MORE]

Zimbabwe Women Stage Sit-In for Husbands’ Unpaid Wages

Hundreds of women in western Zimbabwe who have waged a week-long sit-in at Hwange Colliery Co. Ltd. (HCCL), demanding unpaid wages for their husbands who labor in the company’s coal mines, say they are set to march to tourist-packed Victoria Falls. There, says the women’s spokesperson, Thokozile Ncube, “we will tell the world everything about… [READ MORE]

Year in Review: Bangladesh Campaign to Silence Workers

  • December 29, 2017
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As part of our year in review series, we are highlighting the 12 most popular Solidarity Center web stories of 2017. This story received the most reach on our Facebook page in January. Read the full story here. The Solidarity Center warns that the broad crackdown on garment workers, union leaders and worker rights activists in… [READ MORE]

Year in Review: Earl Brown Memorial

  • December 28, 2017
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As part of our year in review series, we are highlighting the 12 most popular Solidarity Center web stories of 2017. This story received the most reach on our Facebook page in February. Read the full story here. The Solidarity Center and the global labor movement lost a passionate civil-rights champion, tireless defender of workers, brilliant intellect… [READ MORE]

Year in Review: Video: Worker Power in Global Supply Chains

  • December 27, 2017
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As part of our year in review series, we are highlighting the 12 most popular Solidarity Center web stories of 2017. This story received the most reach on our Facebook page in March. Read the full story here. A new Solidarity Center video makes it easy to understand how global supply chains, government inaction, poverty and… [READ MORE]