The Solidarity Center Podcast

Billions of Us, ONE Just Future

Conversations with workers (& other smart people) worldwide
shaping the workplace for the better
Hosted by Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau

 

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Mexican Auto Workers Win Landmark Victory
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Mexican Auto Workers Win Landmark Victory
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Thousands of workers in Mexico recently formed an independent union at a GM auto plant in Silao, in central Mexico, voting out a union that did not operate in their interest. Maria Alejandra Morales Reynoso, general secretary of SINTTIA, the union that now represents the workers, discusses why this victory is a milestone for many […]

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Justice for Wage Theft: Campaign Champions Migrant Workers
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Justice for Wage Theft: Campaign Champions Migrant Workers
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The co-founder and director of the Plantation Rural Education and Development Organization in Sri Lanka describes the work of the Justice for Wage Theft Campaign, a global network of unions and migrant rights organizations, including the Solidarity Center, that formed during the pandemic to push for governmental and employer reforms to ensure migrant workers have […]

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‘I Feel Strong When I See Other Women with Us’
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‘I Feel Strong When I See Other Women with Us’
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Union women in Nigeria are not waiting for their governments to ratify Convention 190, the international treaty that addresses gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in the world of work—they are taking action now to ensure workers benefit from the incredibly powerful rights it provides. This week’s Solidarity Center Podcast looks at how Nigerian unions are […]

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Thai Fast Food Workers Fight for a Fair Share
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Thai Fast Food Workers Fight for a Fair Share
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In Thailand, Apantree Charoensak, a former union leader who led a campaign to organize fast food workers at KFC, describes on this week’s Solidarity Center Podcast how workers overcame the company’s opposition to successfully form a union and win better wages and working conditions. “They said they would get me out of the company, if […]

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‘No’ to State Violence: Reimagining Policing
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'No' to State Violence: Reimagining Policing
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The latest episode of The Solidarity Center Podcast looks at how workers in Colombia and Nigeria who have been targeted by police brutality as they wage peaceful protests to address inequality are joining—and leading—large movements to demand new levels of accountability and reform for the agencies charged with protecting and serving their communities. Find Out […]

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Jordan Agricultural Workers Win [email protected]!
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Jordan Agricultural Workers Win [email protected]!
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Worldwide, agricultural workers have few rights on the job. The latest Solidarity Center Podcast shows how agricultural workers in Jordan recently joined together to collectively campaign for—and win—a landmark law that will bring them safer jobs, overtime pay and even guaranteed 10 weeks paid maternity leave. More than half of agricultural workers in Jordan are […]

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Young Workers Struggle to Find Good Jobs
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Young Workers Struggle to Find Good Jobs
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Around the world, young people with few job options are forced to take whatever work they can find, no matter how low the pay or insecure the work. Many sign on with platform-based jobs to get by. Others leave their country with the hope of finding decent, secure work elsewhere, looking for a chance to […]

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Nigerian Informal Workers Demand Decent Work!
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Nigerian Informal Workers Demand Decent Work!
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Informal economy workers in Nigeria are using their collective power, building coalitions with allied organizations and making key gains by joining together through the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON), a nationwide association with hundreds of branches across the country. “Poor working people must have access to basic social security, but it doesn’t start […]

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Colombia Workers Risk Lives for Better Future
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Colombia Workers Risk Lives for Better Future
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Defying violent state repression, a diverse coalition of Colombian workers and their unions, Black and Indigenous communities, environmentalists, young people and rural workers made big gains in defeating proposed laws that benefiting the rich at the expense of working people. Francisco Maltés, president of the Unitary Workers Center (CUT), describes how they did it—and where […]

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Myanmar Workers Stand Up for Democracy!
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Myanmar Workers Stand Up for Democracy!
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Speaking from a safe house in military-controlled Myanmar, Phyo Sandar Soe, assistant general secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions-Myanmar, describes how workers have been on the frontlines for democracy since the February 1 coup and says the international community can best help workers fighting for their rights by staying out of the country.   […]

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Produced by Adam Yoffe. 

This podcast was made possible in part by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement No.AID-OAA-L-16-00001 and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s)and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID/USG.

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