India

Kailash Satyarthi: Unions Essential to Ending Child Labor

  • August 10, 2017
  • Nathan Benevides

Kailash Satyarthi, a Solidarity Center ally, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for his lifelong efforts to end child labor. He began this work much earlier, in 1986 in Jharkand province—one of India’s poorest regions at the time, a place where child labor was common across a variety of industries. Since then, Satyarthi has freed… [READ MORE]

Democracy Thrives When Workers Share Economic Pie

The United States and India are connected by a common philosophy and a common history of resistance to oppression. And trade unions are key to greater equality and inclusion, said Fred Redmond, international vice president of the United Steelworkers, at a conference in Delhi this week that focused on how democracy in Asia can be… [READ MORE]

Kailash Satyarthi, Solidarity Center Ally, Wins Nobel

Labor and human rights activist and long-time Solidarity Center ally Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee announced this morning. He shares the prestigious award with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived a brutal 2012 Taliban attack for her stance on girls’ education. As a grassroots activist, Satyarthi has led the… [READ MORE]

Migrant Workers ‘Shouldn’t Have to Be Tortured to Have Work’

Three times each month, dozens of women gather in dusty courtyards in rural towns in Manikganj, Dinazpur or other districts across Bangladesh to learn all they can about the only means by which they can support their families: migrating to another country for work. In leading these information sessions, the Bangladesh Migrant Women’s Organization (BOMSA)… [READ MORE]

With Union, Street Vendors, Bidi Rollers No Longer Invisible in India

Each day this week leading up to International Women’s Day March 8, the Solidarity Center will highlight an example of how women and their unions are taking action to improve women’s lives on the job, in their unions and in their communities. India passed a landmark Street Vendors Act this month that, for the first… [READ MORE]

World Day for Decent Work: Migrant Workers Often Exploited

At age 22, N. Naga Durga Bhavani left her small village in India for Bahrain,  where she hoped a job as a domestic worker would help pay for her young daughter’s heart surgery. But when she arrived, after paying labor recruiters the equivalent of nearly two months’ wages, she says her passport and papers were… [READ MORE]

India: 2.5 Million Miners Now Have Worker Compensation

Some 2.5 million mine workers in Rajasthan, India, will now be covered by worker compensation for job-related  illnesses and injuries, a victory that stems from a multiyear campaign by safety and health advocates. The decision this week by the state of Rajasthan, in northwest India, also provides compensation to widows of miners who died from… [READ MORE]

Fighting for Agate-Processing Workers in India

Agate-processing workers have achieved their first major legislative success in India’s Gujarat state—official recognition that their jobs can kill them. Agate processors polish gemstones against a grinding wheel to produce jewelry and other ornamented items. Working at home or in small shops, agate workers often lack masks or other protective equipment to prevent inhalation of… [READ MORE]