New Report Reveals Appalling Violence Against Worker Rights Activists

7 01 2010

URL: Source: International Trade Union Confederation.

This is an Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights which reveals an appalling record of union-busting, anti-union laws, intimidation, and violence against worker representatives over the past year.


Justice for All: The Struggle for Worker Rights in Guatemala

11 12 2009

URL: Source: Solidarity Center.

This report examines Guatemala through the lens of core worker rights and labor standards. It is a testament to the courage and perseverance of Guatemalan workers, who must struggle every day to exercise the rights we often take for granted.

ITUC annual survey of trade union rights violations

1 12 2009

URL: Source: ITUC.

According to the report on workers’ rights in 143 countries, over 76 trade unionists defending workers’ rights died as a result of targeted killings, and many more experienced physical attacks and other forms of intimidation. The number of killings in Colombia, which is deemed the most dangerous place on earth for trade unionists, reached 49 – an increase of 10 over the previous year. Nine unionists were murdered in Guatemala, which in recent years has witnessed an increase in violent attacks against trade union representatives and members. In a number of instances, governments were either directly or indirectly involved in the killings. Some 7,500 cases of workers’ dismissal as a result of their involvement in trade union activity were recorded in a total of 68 countries, including 20 countries in Africa alone.

DR-CAFTA and Workers’s Rights: Moving from Paper to Practice

19 11 2009

URL: Source: Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). This year, the 111th Congress and the Obama Administration are preparing to move forward on pending trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. Passage of these trade agreements have stalled due to a variety of concerns including labor rights practices, especially in Colombia and Panama. The current discussion is on charting a course of action for governments prior to a vote in the U.S. Congress on the trade agreements such as establishing reasonable and timely benchmarks that demonstrate improvements in a given area and authorizing an international body to monitor compliance.

Building National Campaigns: Activists, Alliances, and How Change Happens.

4 10 2008

URL: Source: Oxfam International.

For many organizations, campaigning is a new type of activity and few have had the opportunity to help each other build capacity to campaign. Oxfam International’s book, ‘Building National Campaigns’ draws on it’s experience in supporting national labour-rights campaigning initiatives at local and national level. This companion online resource provides you with inspiration for planning your own campaigns and feature photos and campaign materials from Colombia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and USA.

Unprotected Employment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A GenderEquality and Workers’ Rights Perspective.

4 10 2008

URL: Source: Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).

This report notes that the nature of employment is rapidly and dramatically changing around the world, including in Arab States. The increasing flexibility of labour markets at global and local levels has led to a rise of informal employment, self-employment and typical forms of employment. This process, termed as informalisation, has been accompanied by an increase of insecurity and poverty. Informalisation also has a gendered nature with differential earnings, choices and locations of activities, level of competition, and time allocated to work, with significant implications for women, especially young women in Arab States. While employment is the main path out of poverty, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Agenda underscores the significance of quality as well as quantity of jobs generated.

The Degradation of Work—Trafficking in Persons from a Labor Perspective

10 03 2008

Source: The Solidarity Center

The Kenyan Experience, focuses on one country, Kenya, it finds that workers around the world are victims of the excesses of a global economic system that rewards wealth and exploits the poor.