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.
The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report is a powerful tool to hold governments accountable for their failures to prevent human trafficking. The report ranks governments worldwide into one of three tiers based on their efforts to combat and prevent trafficking and forced labor, with the lowest ranking of tier three carrying economic sanctions. The release of the 2016 report has been met with mixed reviews from labor and anti-trafficking groups.