U.S. Trade Decision Key Step for Bangladesh Worker Rights

Workers in Bangladesh—especially millions of poorly paid garment workers who often risk their lives in dangerous factories—won a new tool to advance their rights when the United States suspended preferential trade benefits with the country. Yesterday’s announcement that the United States suspended its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) agreement with Bangladesh based on chronic and… [READ MORE]

10 Injured in Violent Attack on Tunisian Trade Union

Ten people were injured today after they were attacked by a mob of men wielding knives, sticks and rocks at the Tunisian Labor Federation (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail UGTT) in the capital, Tunis. As trade unionists held an overnight vigil to commemorate the 1952 assassination of Farhat Hached, UGTT founder and first general secretary,… [READ MORE]

Union Members Stave off Attack on Tunisian Trade Union

The offices of the Tunisian Labor Federation (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail, UGTT) in Tunis, Tunisia, were attacked at 8:45 a.m. today by up to 200 people wielding rocks and bottles. Union supporters, including a  Solidarity Center staff member, rushed to the scene and barricaded entry to the offices. Ever since last year’s elections, the… [READ MORE]

One Dead and Four “Disappeared” in Algeria Following Peaceful March

Brutal and violent government repression of worker rights activists has resulted in the death of a community guardian and the disappearance of four others in Algeria. On July 11, 2012, some 45,000 community guardians engaged in a peaceful march, following the 30-mile-long route between Blida and the capital city of Algiers. They planned to submit… [READ MORE]

Mexico: Union Election Results Marred by Irregularities

Attorneys are challenging the results of a July 5 union election at a Canadian-owned silver mine in Durango, Mexico, that a team of international observers says was marred by “serious irregularities.” The Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y Similares de la República Mexicana (SNTMMSSRM, known as Los Mineros) lost by a single vote… [READ MORE]