Workers & Human Rights

Haiti Garment Workers Demand Wage Boost to Survive

Hundreds of garment workers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, staged a peaceful demonstration this week to protest the firing of some 45 union leaders from the Haitian garment workers’ federation, GOSTTRA, and to push for a badly-needed minimum wage increase. According to GOSTTRA, the union leaders were fired to intimidate workers and discourage further demonstrations. A series… [READ MORE]

Low-Wage Workers Risk Lives in Cambodia’s Building Boom

  • June 2, 2017
  • Tula Connell and Jennifer Bognar (research)

In Cambodia’s booming construction industry, where up to 250,000 workers toil on building projects during peak season, laborers wear sandals or flip-flops and cloth gloves, if they have gloves at all, their heads covered only with towels or soft hats they bring to work. One-third are women, who receive lower wages and are limited to… [READ MORE]

Buenaventura Port Workers Call for Formal Jobs

The Colombia Port Workers’ union is calling on the Ministry of Labor to follow up on promises it made during a congressional hearing this week and resume discussions with the union and the Buenaventura Port Society over formalizing 3,500 illegally outsourced workers in Buenaventura, Colombia’s largest port. Solidarity Center union partners, organized within the Mesa… [READ MORE]

Design Students Connect with Cambodia Garment Workers

Knowing that conditions in garment factories around the world should be improved is not the same as seeing those workplaces firsthand and talking with garment workers about their daily experiences on the job, as three Parsons Design students found out when they traveled from New York City to Cambodia. “Hearing their stories, and seeing that… [READ MORE]

Workers Bring Colombia’s Largest Port to a Halt

  • May 19, 2017
  • Solidarity Center

Workers in Buenaventura, Colombia, who are waging an indefinite work stoppage to call attention to the lack of jobs, good wages and basic public services in their community, have brought port operations and local commerce to a halt. As the country’s largest seaport, Buenaventura accounts for 60 percent of the country’s maritime trade and in… [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]

Dangerous Work: Attacks on Journalists Increase

  • May 3, 2017
  • Kate Conradt

A free press is a hallmark of democracy. Yet around the world, journalists are under threat for doing their job, risking their lives to report the news, ask difficult questions and hold the corrupt to account. According to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) study released for World Press Freedom Day, “journalists face killings, attacks,… [READ MORE]

May Day: Standing up for Worker Rights across the Globe

  • May 2, 2017
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From Cambodia to Zimbabwe, in Serbia and Honduras, hundreds of thousands of workers and their families celebrated International Workers Day, honoring the dignity of work and the accomplishments of the labor movement in defending human rights, job stability, fair wages and safe workplaces. Together, workers and their unions are demonstrating their commitment to sustaining and… [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]

Solidarity Center Safety Training: Empowering Workers

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, this week, 50 children held torches alight, “beacons of life” to mark the four-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed 1,130 garment workers—including their parents. Together with the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), which sponsored the event, the orphaned children prayed for their parents and stood vigil outside the… [READ MORE]

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