Union Leaders Mobilize on Gender-Based Violence at Work

South Africa, gender-based violence at work, TotalShutdown, unions, COSATU, Solidarity Center

Gertrude Mtsweni and Rose Omamo, trade union leaders from Africa, recently joined hundreds of workers who participated with government and employer representatives in high-level deliberations on a draft global standard addressing gender-based violence at work. Energized after long days of intense discussions during the International Labor Organization (ILO) conference in Geneva, the women are now… [READ MORE]

Marie Constant: Empowering Domestic Workers in Lebanon

domestic workers, migrant workers, Lebanon, Madagasgar, unions, Solidarity Center

Marie Constant has worked as a domestic worker in Lebanon since 1997. Originally from Madagascar, Constant has been fortunate to have a good employer. But most migrant domestic workers are not so lucky. “In general, domestic workers [must] work from morning until evening with no specific break time and no holidays,” she says, speaking in French… [READ MORE]

Worker Rights Attacks Part of Human Rights Crackdown

Kazakhstan, freedom of association, unions, human rights, Solidarity Center

Human rights activists around the world celebrated the recent release from prison of two union leaders in Kazakhstan who were convicted of bogus criminal charges after participating in a peaceful workers’ protest against the forced closure of the country’s main independent union group, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (CITUK/KNPRK). Yet the convictions… [READ MORE]

Workers’ Delegation Reports on Violence, Zimbabwe Election

Solidarity Center, Zimbabwe, election, trade union, worker rights, SATUCC

Workers’ Delegation Reports on Violence, Zimbabwe Election Representatives of nine southern African trade union federations and the regional trade union organization, Southern Africa Coordination Council (SATUCC), reported a situation that went from calm on Monday to violent yesterday, as protesters vented anger at the delayed announcement of polling results  in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. As Zimbabweans… [READ MORE]

Court Victory, and Challenge, for South African Workers

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

The Constitutional Court of South Africa determined in a historic ruling late last week that workers placed by labor recruiters must be made permanent after three months at the company where they worked on temporary status, entitling them to the same pay, benefits and job security afforded to full-time employees, but labor organizations expect a… [READ MORE]