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Nigeria: Workers Report Long-Term Toll of Violence

Even as an uneasy but relative peace takes hold in northeastern Nigeria, the death toll and violence of the past several years is having long-term effects on returning teachers, healthcare workers and civil servants in Borno state, according to a joint survey completed by public-sector unions last month. The unions, with Solidarity Center support, documented… [READ MORE]

Global Unions Rally for 350 Fired Georgia Workers

Some 350 workers at the Georgia chemical company Rustavi Azot recently were dismissed without notice or compensation and nearly 2,000 more threatened with firing unless they accept new, short-term contracts. The actions by the company, which produces mineral fertilizers, ammonia, sodium cyanide and nitric acid, generated protests in Rustavi and Tbilisi, garnered international support and… [READ MORE]

Workers’ Equality Forum: Share Your Story!

Sam Oliver, a union shop steward at the Sime Darby Rubber and Oil plantation in Liberia, where workers live in company-provided housing, says “people lived in deplorable” conditions before joining the General Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (GAAWUL). Today, says Oliver, a warehouse clerk on the plantation, “through the intervention of this union,… [READ MORE]

Child Rights: Laureates and Leaders Step Up

Writes Solidarity Center’s Tim Ryan: “Over the past 20 years, awareness and activism around the issues of child labor, slavery and human trafficking have grown significantly, mirrored by both growing economic inequality and broad concerns about that inequity. [There] is a clear recognition that decent work for adults can create a more secure environment for… [READ MORE]

BANGLADESH: Wage Strike Sparks Government Crackdown

  • January 6, 2017
  • Timothy Ryan

In mid-December, a strike in Ashulia, an industrial suburb of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, and a ready-made garment sector hub, quickly snowballed into widespread unrest. Garment workers abandoned their factories to call for a living wage in response to ever-rising costs. Mass arrests and firings ensued. The minimum wage for a Bangladeshi garment worker is $68… [READ MORE]

Libya Union President Survives Assassination Attempt

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This is a crosspost from the Arab Trade Union Confederation. Nermin Sharif, president of the Libyan General Federation of Trade Unions, was subjected to a failed assassination attempt at dawn today, when her booby-trapped car exploded just before riding it. The Arab Trade Union confederation condemns this cowardly terrorist act, and wishes safety for all… [READ MORE]

ILO: Global Wage Growth Hits Four-Year Low

  • December 20, 2016
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

Workers around the world are losing ground in their paychecks as annual growth in real wages around the world fell to 1.7 percent in 2015, down from 2.5 percent in 2012, according to a new International Labor Organization (ILO) report. Wages have stagnated primarily in developing and emerging economies, especially in Latin America and Eastern… [READ MORE]

Kazakhstan Seeks to Dissolve Unions

Union leaders tell the Solidarity Center that the Kazakhstan government has launched a campaign to intimidate union members and to malign and discredit the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CFTUK). In addition, the regime has initiated legal action to liquidate the confederation, while leaving intact a government-aligned federation. Yet even in the face of threats… [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]

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]

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