Nepal Quake Recovery, Done Right, Could Ease Migration Pressure

Two years after Nepal’s powerful earthquake, slow pace of reconstruction offers an opportunity for the nation to change its economic model, which leans heavily on remittances from Nepali migrant workers. It is a “unique moment” to create jobs that protect workers’ rights, pay fair wages and boost the economic status of its citizens, according to… [READ MORE]

How Much Is a Worker’s Life Worth?

According to AKM Nasim, senior legal counselor, Solidarity Center, cases under The Fatal Accidents Act of 1855 take a long time to be resolved, and the court fee is unaffordable for a Bangladeshi laborer. “In fact, a case was filed demanding compensation by the wife of a road accident victim named Mozammel Hossain under this… [READ MORE]

Worker Rights Activism and Human Rights Activism Must Be Linked

“Workers around the world are confronting serious challenges to whether they can exercise their rights and work with dignity. Among them are labor markets and systems that generate, rather than alleviate, poverty; and governments that fail to protect workers​,” says Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau.

Workers Toil for Nothing

“While governmental institutions in Zimbabwe are complicit in these [wage theft] violations, top managers continue to receive high salaries and generous benefits,” said the report, which was carried out in collaboration with the United States-based Solidarity Center.​  

Unions Strive to Level the Playing Field for Africa’s 34 Million Migrant Workers

Throughout the Solidarity Center’s recent conference, “Achieving Fair Migration: Roles of African Trade Unions and Their Partners,” union leaders and migrant rights advocates explored the xenophobia, racism and sexism migrant workers face, and sought to increase vital connections between unions and civil society organisations to campaign for laws and policies to level the playing field… [READ MORE]

Interview with Shawna Bader-Blau

“You don’t leave your human rights in one country when you cross into another. You don’t check your human rights at a border; you keep them with you”—Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau in interview with International Catalan Institute for Peace.

The Conditions at Bangladeshi Apparel Factories Are Still Horrible. What Happens to Workers Who Speak Up Might Be Worse

The factories reopened in late December, but a “really intense” security presence is everywhere, Jennifer Kuhlman from the Dhaka office of the Solidarity Center, an AFL-CIO allied organization, told me: not just in Ashulia, but also in other industrial areas across the country. She said the arrests, the mass firings and the continuing heavy surveillance… [READ MORE]

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