Workers and Their Unions Take Action on COVID-19

  • March 6, 2020
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As the novel coronavirus spreads, unions and worker associations around the world are demanding safe and healthy conditions for workers who must remain on the job, and that they be compensated during forced work site closures and not laid off to ensure high returns for corporate shareholders.

The following is a small sample of union actions around the globe, reported in large part from Solidarity Center staff in close contact with union partners.

Ukraine, Nova Poshta, covid-19, worker rights, coronavirus, unions, Solidarity Center

Labor Initiatives (LI) is providing legal assistance to workers by distributing COVID-related information through its phone line. Credit: LI

Myanmar Garment Workers Stand Strong, Win New Pact

Bosnia and Herzegovina Labor Law Changes Hurt Workers

‘Hunger or the Virus’: COVID-19 & Informal Workers

Ukraine Workers Mobilize Against COVID-19

Women & Their Unions Stand Strong in COVID-19

Union Win: No Layoffs in Tunisia Private Sector in COVID-19

Morocco, hotel workers, COVID-19, worker rights, unions, Solidarity Center

Hospitality workers in Morocco are seeking wages during layoffs. Credit: UMT

COVID-19: Maldives Unions Fight Jobs Bleed, Harassment

Thai Union Organizer Connects COVID-19 and Worker Rights

Thailand, COVID-19, coronavirus, worker rights, Solidarity Center

Thai union organizer Mongkol Yang-ngam (far left) is fielding worker queries about COVID-19 online. Credit: Wasana Lamdee

South Africa, ILO Convention 190, gender-based violence at work, women, gender, worker rights, Solidarity Center

Women union activists in South Africa and around the world are using social media to urge that governments ratify C190. Credit: SACTWU

Myanmar Factory Uses COVID-19 to Union Bust

Liberia: Healthcare Workers Raise Alarm

Stepping into the Breach: Unions Provide Key Aid in COVID-19

Morocco Hospitality Workers Stand Strong in Face of Pandemic

COVID-19: Bangladesh Garment Workers Stand Up for Rights

Worker Rights Experts Field Questions in COVID-19 Queries in Ukraine

COVID-19: Workers Mobilize Across Middle East/N. Africa

COVID-19: ‘Maquila Workers Shouldn’t Bankroll Employers’