Indonesia’s Labor Laws Discourage Investment and Leave Workers Worse Off: Experts

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Even so, David Welsh, country director of Southeast Asia of the Solidarity Center, a nonprofit aligned with the U.S.-based labor federation AFL-CIO, said the reforms, in the garment sector at least, risk amounting to a “race to the bottom”–slashing benefits to appease big international brands that can afford to pay. During the three months ended August–the… [READ MORE]

Gender Violence Study in Brazilian Garment Factories Provides a ‘Wake-up Call to Action’

The vast majority of Brazilian textile and shoe factory workers who took part in a recent study say they have experienced some form of violence at work, often gender-based violence and harassment—to the extent that “for many women, work is synonymous with suffering,” writes the Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell.

Can Malaysia Solve Its Big Migrant Worker Challenge?

Dave Welsh, country director for labor rights group Solidarity Center, said that historically, migrant workers in Malaysia were initially operating outside “the purview of what were very bad labor laws” which were harshly enforced. Malaysia’s laws, he added, were “very transparent and completely, deliberately almost proudly out of whack with any international labor law norms, and… [READ MORE]

From the Gallows to Labor Laws, Malaysia Is Rewriting the Rule Book

In the works is a radical overhaul of labor laws, which will redefine the lives of more than six million impoverished migrant workers. “The conditions [in Malaysia] are appalling,” said the Solidarity Center’s Dave Welsh. “If even a modicum of what trade unions put forward is enacted into law, this is a huge game changer.”

Thai Electronics Firm Compensates Exploited Workers in Rare Award

“Companies also need to do more to ensure workers never pay [recruitment] fees in the first place,” said Neha Misra from the Solidarity Center regarding a rare award reimbursing at least 10,000 Burmese migrants for the excessive and illegal fees they were charged to secure jobs at an electronics manufacturer in Thailand.

U.S. Blocks Import of Goods from Five Nations in Rare Anti-slavery Crackdown

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The United States has blocked the import of goods suspected to have been made with forced labor from five countries. Neha Misra, senior specialist in migration and human trafficking for advocacy group Solidarity Center, welcomed the “significant step” and said economic pressure could boost the drive for full labor rights for workers in global supply… [READ MORE]