Liberia: Workers Get out the Vote, Monitor Elections

Liberia, elections, Solidarity Center

For the first time, the Liberian labor movement was an organized and active participant in the country’s presidential election, engaging in get-out-the-vote efforts and monitoring polling sites. Asserting their right to participate in the democratic process, 50 people associated with Liberia’s labor federation, the Liberia Labor Congress (LLC), helped monitor 10 precincts and more than… [READ MORE]

75+ Union Members among Those Killed in Somalia

Somalia, bomb blast, Solidarity Center

At least 300 people are now confirmed dead and 500 injured from the weekend’s double car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that targeted two areas, including a busy hotel and shopping district. More than 75 union members are among the dead. Among them, at least 50 transport union members and more than 25 hotel workers…. [READ MORE]

Workers Empowered: 2016 Solidarity Center Annual Report

Solidarity Center, Thailand, Annual Report, Ford,

Over the past year, the Confederation of Trade Unions-Myanmar (CTUM) added 7,000 members and the El Salvador sugarcane cutters union, SITRACANA, affiliated 936 new members between with Solidarity Center support. Meanwhile, through cooperation with the Solidarity Center and Iraqi unions, the government of Iraq began implementing the labor law that went into effect in 2015…. [READ MORE]

Zimbabwe Vendor Ban Targets Vulnerable Workers

Zimbabwe strike, wage theft, informal economy, Solidarity Center

The government in Zimbabwe is moving to ban market vendors in Harare at a time when more than 90 percent of the workforce labors in the informal economy and 85 percent or more Zimbabweans are seeking decent work. “People who are into street vending are not into it for their liking, but are being forced… [READ MORE]

UN Report: Freedom of Association Key to Democracy

South Africa, Solidarity Center, mine workers, migrant workers, human rights

Freedom of peaceful assembly and association lie at the core of any functioning democratic system, according to a report by the new Annalisa Ciampi, the new United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. “It is the combination of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and… [READ MORE]