As Zimbabwe heads to the polls for parliamentary and presidential elections in two days, the country is again poised for another tightly contested and controversial struggle for popular support between those seeking to transition the country to multi-party democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights and an entrenched security and political establishment led by an aging autocrat, Robert Mugabe, seeking to hold on to the spoils of power.
As part of a six-day worldwide labor solidarity campaign, American union members protested outside the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., yesterday in support of greater trade union rights and protections in Mexico.
Celeste Drake, trade policy specialist for the AFL-CIO, sends us this.
It’s been more than seven months since the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (Columbia FTA) went into effect, and many U.S. workers are wondering exactly how the agreement is benefiting workers in either country. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. For America’s workers, the U.S. trade deficit with Colombia is on track to exceed last year’s deficit—never good news for job creation or wage growth. Meanwhile, Colombian workers still face momentous obstacles when trying to exercise even the most basic of workplace rights, including the right to organize unions and act collectively for better working conditions.