Mass Sackings Send Chill through Cambodian Garment Factories

“The sackings send a chilling message,” said William Conklin, Cambodia country director for the Solidarity Center, a U.S.-based charity promoting labor rights. “But these factory workers are very brave people. In the face of intimidation and harassment from employers and management, they will continue to assert themselves.”

The Tunisian Inspiration: Countering Authoritarianism with Social Justice Unionism

“[W]hen faced with authoritarian regimes or institutions that deny people their basic rights, unions and other civil society organizations face a choice: Step up, form coalitions and build true economic and political freedom. Or, appease the ruling elite which will, eventually, work to destroy the labor movement,” writes the Solidarity Center’s executive director, Shawna Bader-Blau.

Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery ‘fairytales’

Anti-slavery certification schemes, accolades and awards are hardly reliable indicators for the public when choosing between companies, according to Neha Mira, a trafficking expert with the U.S.-based workers’ rights charity Solidarity Center. “The same time as you’re giving a gold star to a company, they’re firing workers for trying to organize in the workplace …… [READ MORE]

Future of Work Round Table

“Today’s global supply chains contain large quantities of temporary and contract labor. There is virtually no legal accountability for lead firms when it comes to human rights, as they subcontract out the vast majority of the work – and their responsibility,” says Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center executive director.

The Human Pain in Every Morsel You Eat

“People coming together undoing those legacies of disenfranchisement, feudalism and slavery to create real voice and power: That is what we see when we see agricultural workers coming together,” says Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center executive director  [Starting minute 5:00], in this podcast interview.