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From Bangladesh to Burma and throughout Asia, the AFL-CIO assists workers in their struggles to form unions and maintain them. In Burma, trade unions are trying to register new unions under a recently passed labor law. In Bangladesh, workers in shrimp processing plants are seeking to improve their working conditions.

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With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

Charlie Fanning
A migrant worker in Malaysia. Photo Credit: Malaysia Trades Union Congress.

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. 

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