migration

U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking

“Defunding the programs that protect vulnerable people’s human rights and meet their basic needs is a nonsensical approach to combating trafficking,” said Shawna Bader-Blau, the executive director of the Solidarity Center, a global workers rights organization that operates in 60 countries and has been affected by the Trump administration’s decisions.

Why Amnesty Does Not Solve Gulf Labor, Kefala Issues

In Gulf Cooperation Council countries—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—amnesties for workers in irregular status are frequently declared, indicating that irregularity is a common and recurring phenomenon within the governing kefala, or work-sponsorship, system. However, even if implemented perfectly, amnesty is a temporary fix, and effective solutions to reduce the… [READ MORE]

Kenya, Kuwait Unions Sign Migrant Workers’ Agreement

The Central Organization of Trade Unions-Kenya (COTU-K) and the Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF) signed a cooperative agreement last week in Kuwait City, formalizing the federations’ effort to jointly address issues affecting workers who migrate from Kenya to Kuwait for employment. “It is crucial to bring together unions from countries on both ends of the… [READ MORE]

Court Victory, and Challenge, for South African Workers

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]

Migrant Workers & Children Exploited in Kazakhstan

Workers who migrate from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan for jobs often do not receive their wages, are forced to work in unsafe and abusive conditions and even are kidnapped and held against their will in forced labor, according to a new report. “Invisible and Exploited in Kazakhstan” also found that children are forced to labor, with… [READ MORE]

Teen Widow of Migrant Worker Struggles for Justice

  • January 2, 2018
  • Krishma Sharma

Three years ago, Roshan Khatum, 14, was married to Sabir in Nepal’s Dhanusha District. (Although child marriage has been illegal in Nepal since 1963, Nepal has the third highest rate of child marriage in Asia.) Shortly after they married, Sabir left for Saudi Arabia for work. Unable to find jobs to support their families, some… [READ MORE]

‘Imagine If Migrant Workers Had Labor Rights’

“Why does being low-wage and a migrant mean being sentenced to a lifetime of being separated from your family? It shouldn’t and doesn’t have to,” says Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau. Speaking at a United Nations meeting on migration today in New York, Bader-Blau contrasted the unchallenged right of capital to move freely across… [READ MORE]

Empowering Migrant Workers in Global Supply Chains

Many of the more than 150 million migrant workers around the world endure abusive conditions—and one of the most exploitative phases of transnational labor migration takes place before migrants even leave their home country: recruitment for work abroad. Forced to take on debt to pay the exorbitant fees  labor brokers charge to secure a job,… [READ MORE]

Migrant Workers Day: Strong with a Union in Hong Kong, SAR

When Pobsuk Gasing migrated to Hong Kong, SAR from Thailand in 1991 for employment as a domestic worker, her employer was abusive, she says. Yet Pobsuk was unable to change jobs because breaking her contract meant losing her legal right to stay in the country. Her husband had died and she needed the salary to… [READ MORE]

Good Jobs, Worker Rights Key to Human Development

Equitable and decent work for all and strategies such as promoting collective action, trade unionism and other worker rights are essential to achieve worker well-being, according to a report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released today. “People are the real wealth of nations, and human development focuses on enlarging people’s choices,” according to the… [READ MORE]