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Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Fabulous news for working people in Myanmar: The government has officially recognized the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and registered the federation as representing “all Myanmar.”

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IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

The notion that unionization and higher wages decrease income inequality is a fundamental premise of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center and our allies. But now a surprising source has reached the same conclusion: the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Swazi Human Rights Leaders Released from Prison

Swazi Human Rights Leaders Released from Prison

Imprisoned Swazi human rights leader Mario Masuku and student activist Maxwell Dlamini were granted bail today by the Supreme Court of Swaziland, according to the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). The two were charged with terrorism and jailed in May 2014 for slogans they allegedly shouted at a May Day rally.

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'Ethnic Cleansing' in the Western Hemisphere: The Impending Deportation Crisis in the Dominican Republic

The deadline has now passed for hundreds of thousands of workers and families in the Dominican Republic to register with the government and they now face the threat of becoming stateless and being deported. There is a long legacy of discrimination against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. However, since a September 2013 Supreme Court ruling that revoked the citizenship of those born in the country since 1929 who could not prove their parents’ migration status, they have been facing increasing levels of violence and discrimination and reports indicate that law enforcement authorities have been “cleansing” neighborhoods of so-called undesirable elements—mainly by detaining Dominicans with Haitian features. Now, these workers and families could be deported to the Haitian border, though many may not have any ties to Haiti, speak little or no Creole, and lack eligibility for Haitian citizenship.

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Rana Plaza, 2 Years Later: Garment Workers Under Siege

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April 24 is the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,130 garment workers. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell reports that in the months after the 2013 tragedy, global outrage spurred much-needed changes, including the closing of dozens of unsafe factories, the adoption of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and, most significantly, the formation and recognition of workers’ unions by the Bangladeshi government.

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How Much Progress for Women in Past 20 Years?

How Much Progress for Women in Past 20 Years?

As more than 8,500 union members and other civil society activists gather at the United Nations in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women meeting, new research shows women have made some gains in the two decades since the landmark global meeting on women in Beijing but continue to suffer from economic insecurity and widespread discrimination and inequality in the workplace.

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Haitian Workers Say They Were Shot for Asking to Be Paid

Five Haitian construction workers in the Dominican Republic were shot on Feb. 2  after asking for unpaid wages, according to press reports. An eyewitness told Solidarity Center staff in Santo Domingo, the capital, that a sergeant of the national army fir​e​d​ ​upon and wounded the five workers, who were not taken to a hospital until a delegation from the Haitian Embassy arrived.

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Haiti’s Workers Still Struggling Five Years After Devastating Earthquake

Five years ago today an earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving another 1.5 million homeless. The disaster was followed by a string of tropical storms and a cholera epidemic that killed at least 8,000 people. Haiti is slowly rebuilding, albeit unevenly. More than 85,000 displaced Haitians still live in tent camps. Despite billions of dollars in international aid and philanthropy going to Haiti, poor management of the funds and rampant subcontracting has hindered the recovery. Workers and unions have been on the front lines in the reconstructions efforts in Haiti providing direct assistance, with unions like AFT and the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center leading numerous aid and relief projects.

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Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Each year on Dec. 10, the global community marks International Human Rights Day, anchored in the founding document of the United Nations, which asserts that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights. 

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Court Orders Dominican Republic to Recognize Citizenship

Children born in the Dominican Republic with Haitian parents regained their citizenship rights. Photo: Ricardo Rojas

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the Dominican Republic to reform all national laws blocking the recognition of citizenship for children of undocumented parents born in the country.

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