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‘The Nobel Prize is for Labor Movements Around the World’

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler welcomed UGTT Secretary-General Houcine Abassi in a ceremony honoring his work. Credit: Solidarity Center/Kate Conradt

The Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail,  UGTT ), a longtime Solidarity Center partner, was at the forefront of the four organizations that recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said today. In a ceremony at the AFL-CIO honoring UGTT Secretary-General Houcine Abassi, Shuler praised Abassi’s courage and tenacity and called the UGTT’s work “inspirational to us in the United States.”

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Swazi Union Receives 2015 AFL-CIO Human Rights Award

Swazi Union Receives 2015 AFL-CIO Human Rights Award

Over the past year, Swazi workers have not been deterred from taking part in union meetings even though the gatherings were  repeatedly broken up by police . They turned out in large numbers for the annual May Day rally, although they were  threatened with arrest  if they did so. And they took all these actions in an environment in which  unions were banned  and free speech squelched.

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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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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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Got a T-Shirt? Chances Are Child Labor Was Involved

Got a T-Shirt? Chances Are Child Labor Was Involved

Cotton production involves the most child labor and forced labor in the world, according to the 2014 “ List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor ” by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

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Two Years after Fatal Tazreen Fire, Life Worse for Survivors

Shahanaz, who survivied the deadly Tazreen blaze, says her health continues to worsen. Photo: Randall Kindle/Solidarity Center

Nov. 24 marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh that killed 112 garment workers. 

Since then, at least 30 garment workers have died in factory fires and 844 have been injured in 68 incidents, according to data collected by Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the capital. Many of the survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again. 

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Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work'

Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work'

Three times each month, dozens of women gather in dusty courtyards in rural towns in Manikganj, Dinazpur or other districts across Bangladesh to learn all they can about the only means by which they can support their families: migrating to another country for work.

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Swaziland: Textile Workers Sickened from a Dangerous Chemical

Swaziland: Textile Workers Sickened from a Dangerous Chemical

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Workers continue to be sickened at a Swazi textile factory where dozens of workers required hospitalization earlier this month after the plant began using the dangerous chemical butyl acetate to clean clothing stains. The workers, who went to the hospital at their own expense, reported chest pains, severe headaches, vomiting and bleeding, and some collapsed.

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