Speed is Key in Reforming Bangladesh’s RMG Sector

We need to hold every new deal we see in supply chains up to the now gold standard of the Accord,” says Shawna Bader-Blau, executive director of the Solidarity Center. “No more Rana Plazas. We need something better and it is up to us to make it happen, and freedom of association is key…”

Five Years After Rana Plaza, How Much Has Changed in Bangladesh?

“Markets and corporations don’t magically conjure up shared prosperity,” said executive director of the Solidarity Center Shawna Bader-Blau. “It’s the agency of individual citizens coming together collectively… that push governments and corporations to make changes to the way our economies and democracies work that make them more fair.”​  

Five Years After Rana Plaza, Leaders Emphasize Need for Brands to Sign Accord Renewal

Shawna Bader-Blau, executive director of the Solidarity Center, said, “Every time there is new initiative to regulate corporate behavior through supply chains, it is incumbent on all of us to insist freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining be included… It just doesn’t happen. Most of the time, multi-stakeholder initiatives … center on… [READ MORE]

Towards a Global Compact that Safeguards the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families

A dialogue organized by the Council of Global Unions Working Group on Migration (CGU-WGM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) was convened during the third round of negotiations on the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in New York this week, moderated by Neha Misra, Solidarity Center senior specialist for migration and human… [READ MORE]

Workers Want Meeting with President

According to a report by Ledriz and the Solidarity Center, the failure to pay what workers are legally entitled to is wage theft. It is also a violation of international labor standards, as well as national legislation on the employment of workers said the report, Working Without Pay: Wage Theft in Zimbabwe.

Workers Protest Factory Shutdowns

Roughly 2,000 garment workers protested yesterday outside three factories after the owner abruptly shut down operations and fled​, leaving them without severance or pay for the month of January.​ The Solidarity Center’s William Conklin suggested that factories be required to put down a deposit that can be used to pay severance for workers.

How Short-Term Contracts Are Putting Cambodia’s Pregnant Factory Workers in a Precarious Position

While the perpetual use of short-term contracts creates uncertainties for workers of all stripes, pregnant women are particularly vulnerable. Somalay So, a program officer at labor rights group Solidarity Center, said there have been cases where even inquiring about the premier’s $100 “baby bonus” promise can put a target on workers’ backs for dismissal.

The Bangladesh Sustainability Compact: An Effective Tool for Promoting Workers’ Rights?

The impetus for the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact was the Rana Plaza industrial disaster, which took the lives of roughly 1,200 garment workers. The compact required the fulfillment of several time-bound commitments by the Bangladesh government—labor law reform, protection of the right to freedom of association and ensuring fire and building safety. Jeffrey Vogt argues the compact… [READ MORE]

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