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The Solidarity Center's mission is to help build a global labor movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent and democratic unions.


Solidarity Center 2013 Annual Report
                                        
In 2013-2014, the Solidarity Center worked with allies in more than 60 countries to support workers through organizing, bargaining, advocating and building a collective voice. Find out more in the Solidarity Center 2013 Annual Report.





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Bangladesh Worker Rights Defense Fund

Bangladeshi union organizers are in peril and need your help. Please donate now to support them as they reach out to garment workers in unsafe factories. Find out more.

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Donate Now! West Africa Ebola Emergency Fund

Workers in West Africa are at high risk of contracting the deadly Ebola virus because many come in daily contact with the public in their jobs as nurses, market vendors or domestic employees. Women workers are especially vulnerable, as they are caregivers. Many workers and their families are suffering from the illness—or living in danger zones.

Ebola could strike as many as 1.4 million people in the next few months, according to U.S. health officials.

Your donation can help slow the spread of Ebola and save lives. 

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Your tax-deductible contribution to the West Africa Ebola Emergency Fund will assist Solidarity Center union allies in Liberia and Sierra Leone in providing workers with prevention education, material support and financial assistance. (Read more)


U.S. Delegation to Honduras: ‘Overwhelmed’ by Rights Violations

October 17, 2014—In a recent Solidarity Center delegation to Honduras, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Labor Council President Josyln Williams, a Solidarity Center Executive Board member, and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the leading Democratic member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, examined firsthand how union and human rights activists are struggling to defend the rights of working Hondurans and ensure the basic livelihoods and survival of Honduran families.

The Solidarity Center delegation intersected with a parallel delegation of AFL-CIO leaders, including AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, a Solidarity Center board member, and Larry Cohen, Communications Workers of America president. Both groups met with Solidarity Center partner unions and numerous worker and human rights activists.


Kailash Satyarthi, Solidarity Center Ally, Wins Nobel

October 10, 2014—Labor and human rights activist and long-time Solidarity Center ally Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee announced this morning. He shares the prestigious award with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived a brutal 2012 Taliban attack for her stance on girls’ education.

As a grassroots activist, Satyarthi has led the rescue of more than 78,500 child laborers and survived numerous attacks on his life as a result. As a PBS profile describes Satyarthi’s work: “His original idea was daring and dangerous. He decided to mount raids on factories—factories frequently manned by armed guards—where children and often entire families were held captive as bonded workers.”


Building & Wood Workers Win Meany-Kirkland Award
October 10, 2014—The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and its affiliates received the 2014 AFL-CIO George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award in a ceremony last night in Washington, D.C., where they were honored for their work in bringing justice to construction workers worldwide, specifically for the migrant workers whose labor makes global sporting events possible.

“Your leadership has been tireless, and your campaign has shed light on the dangerous and exploitive working conditions of migrant workers,” said AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre as he presented the award to BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson.

Swaziland Bans Unions

October 9, 2014—Swaziland has ordered all worker and employer federations to stop operations immediately, a demand issued yesterday in a resolution by the government cabinet. The order effectively disbands the Trade Union Confederation of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), a Solidarity Center ally.

Minister of Labor and Social Security Winnie Magagula, quoted in the Times of Swaziland, said that in the wake of the resolution, “all federations are non-existent in terms of the Industrial Relations Act and should stop operating immediately until the amendment of the Industrial Relations Act has been passed by Parliament.”

The move runs counter to international labor standards, including the right of freedom of association.

“This is a blatant and outrageous attack on the ability of working people to form associations of their choice and stand up for their rights,” said Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau. “By denying workers a voice at work, the Swazi government is preventing workers from achieving safe and healthy workplaces and wages that will support themselves andtheir families.”


Uzbekistan among 13 Countries at Bottom of Child Labor Report

October 9, 2014—In Uzbekistan, empty classrooms and children working in cotton fields during the annual fall cotton harvest contributed to the country’s ranking as among those with the worst forms of child labor in the world, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The annual “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” placed Uzbekistan among 12 other countries at the bottom of the report’s rankings and one of three, along with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea, that received the assessment as a result of government complicity in forced child labor.


ProDESC Founder Ancheita Wins Human Rights Award

October 7, 2014—Alejandra Ancheita, founder and executive director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC (Project for Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights), today won the prestigious international Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The award recognizes her courage and tireless search over the past 15 years for new ways to advance the rights of some of the most vulnerable workers in Mexico, including mine workers, migrant workers, child laborers and agricultural workers.

Ancheita, a Mexican lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of vulnerable and excluded workers, migrants, communal landowners and indigenous communities, founded ProDESC in 2005. ProDESC is a long-time Solidarity Center ally whose work includes an ongoing campaign seeking justice for miners denied their right to organize for improved working conditions at the La Platosa mine in La Sierrita, Durango, Mexico.


Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work
October 7, 2014—Unions worldwide are mobilizing around World Day for Decent Work, held annually on October 7 to raise public and official awareness of the critical need for labor rights for the vast numbers of workers who toil in unsafe, unhealthy conditions; receive wages that cannot sustain them and their families; have no voice at work through union representation; and no access to retirement security, health care or other fundamental protections.

Some 39 percent of the global labor force—1.2 billion women and men—live in poverty, surviving on less than $2 a day per person. With fewer jobs available in the formal economy, millions of workers are forced to survive by laboring as street vendors, domestic workers and cab drivers. The vast majority of these informal economy workers are women.

Advocacy Efforts Towards Post-2015 Development Agenda

October 2, 2014—This is a crosspost from the nonprofit organization Global March Against Child Labour.

Only a year is left for the United Nations (UN) to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ... It is therefore imperative to ensure that the global focus on elimination of child labor and child slavery is not undermined. The proposed goals ... will form the basis of UN Member Nations’ further discussion for finalizing the post-2015 development agenda.

A special session on child labor, child slavery and education at the 69th UN General Assembly was convened by the Global March and A World at School to advocate for inclusion and integration of elimination of child labor and child slavery in the post-2015 development agenda.

Some of the stakeholders that participated in the event at New York on September 23 were UNICEF, U.S. Department of State, Solidarity Center, ILRF, Child Labour Coalition, USAID and Global Campaign for Education. (Read the full article.)

 
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