job safety and health

Low-Wage Workers Risk Lives in Cambodia’s Building Boom

  • June 2, 2017
  • Tula Connell and Jennifer Bognar (research)

In Cambodia’s booming construction industry, where up to 250,000 workers toil on building projects during peak season, laborers wear sandals or flip-flops and cloth gloves, if they have gloves at all, their heads covered only with towels or soft hats they bring to work. One-third are women, who receive lower wages and are limited to… [READ MORE]

Farm Workers March across Mexico for Fair Wages

  • March 21, 2017
  • Gladys Cisneros

Dozens of day-labor farm workers (jornaleros) demanded improved wages, democratic representation, an end to sexual harassment and access to clean water as they marched across Mexico in a national caravan, “Fair Wages and Dignified Life.” The workers, who left Baja California March 4 and arrived in Mexico City on March 17, sought to raise renewed awareness… [READ MORE]

Georgia Alloy Factory Workers Make Big Gains in New Pact

Workers at the Zestafoni Ferroalloy factory in Georgia’s Imereti region successfully negotiated a contract after five months of negotiations with their employer that includes wide-ranging workplace safety and health improvements, wage increases and social benefits. The three-year pact finalized earlier this month at the country’s largest silicomanganese processing plant establishes 40 hours as the standard… [READ MORE]

Garment Workers Urge Justice for Rana Plaza Tragedy

Meherunnesa joined the crowds gathered in Dhaka over the weekend to commemorate the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. Her son, Abul Kalam Azad, was one of the more than 1,100 garment workers killed on April 24, 2013, as the multi-story building pancaked in a preventable accident that also left thousands… [READ MORE]

Thousands of Peru Mineworkers Struggle for Decent Work

  • March 29, 2016
  • Oscar Muro

Oscar Muro, Solidarity Center program officer in Peru, reports on his late February fact-finding journey to the Minera Aurifera Retamas (MARSA) mine, where subcontracted mineworkers, represented by a strong union, won a national labor inspection finding that calls for 2,464 outsourced workers to be moved to permanent contracts. The workers subsequently went on a weeklong… [READ MORE]