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Worker manufacturing rubber gloves at factory

Claims of Modern Slavery Prompt First Project in Nepal

Demand for rubber gloves because of Covid-19 saw profits soar at Top Glove, the world’s largest rubber glove maker. But this drew attention to labour abuses in their Malaysian factories, including forced labour and debt bondage. Campaigners raised these issues in the media and pushed governments to ban Top Glove products. New Zealand has been …

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members of the Rangsit Area Labour Union Group learn how to make videos for social media organising

Social Media Attracts Young Union Activists

Social media has been a driving force attracting a new generation of younger workers into union activities in Thailand. One effective strategy the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group (RLUG) identified was to ask for volunteers to help make short video clips providing union information for young factory workers. Four new women members, Bow, Patty, …

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Members of the Bangladesh Garment Workers Union calling for increased maternity leave entitlements for International Working Women's Day

Wins for Garment Workers During COVID Downturn

Bangladesh: Bolstered by labour rights training workshops for National Garment Workers Federation delegates during Covid-19, union members from eight factories submitted collective demands to owners to enforce maternity leave provisions, to ensure safe workplaces and protect jobs. These new skills were also used at Masud Apparels to successfully fight off an attempt by the employer …

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Off to Work: Supporting the Solomons

Travel around the islands is just one of the many challenges facing the only private sector union in the Solomon Islands, the Workers Union of Solomon Islands (WUSI), which has struggled for recognition by the sector. So transport and pay for two organisers were key items UnionAID funded to ensure the union could continue to …

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Lives Improved for Thousands of Workers

Manoharam from the Narikuravar Craft Cooperative beading a necklace The lives and livelihoods of nearly three thousand Dalit and Tribal workers and their families in the Madurai area have been significantly improved through their active involvement with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU). Projects funded by UnionAID have seen 2,790 scavengers, cobblers, basket weavers, street …

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New Approaches to Union Building Attract Younger Generation

An emphasis on bringing in a new generation of potential union leaders has seen the increasing participation of young women workers on Rangsit and Area Labour Group (RLUG) committees and in other union activities near Bangkok. All session reporting is conducted either by one man and one woman, or two women – to build confidence …

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BUILDING POWER IN THE PHILIPPINES CALL CENTRE INDUSTRY

Increasing repression of trade unions and COVID-19 restrictions have not stopped staff at BIEN in the Philippines continuing to build the power of call centre workers. Eight workshops with these workers have seen BIEN, the BPO Industry Employees Network, develop a comprehensive set of policies to reform the sector and give workers the security and …

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$US9.5 MILLION BACK PAY FOR BANGLADESH GARMENT WORKERS

Concern that garment members were having their employment terminated unlawfully because of the impact of Covid-19 on the industry, prompted the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) to take action. With no social security nor savings because of their low wages, these mainly women workers had nothing to fall back on when they were laid off, …

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Fight Back for Myanmar Democracy

The stop-work protest initiated by nurses and doctors two days after the recent coup in Myanmar is now a massive country-wide movement of young people, factory workers, teachers, engineers and civil society staff. Acts of defiance include a nationwide strike on February 22nd, the noisy banging of pots and pans by neighbours when activists are …

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Changing lives and livelihoods in Tamil Nadu

Shrinking debt and growing incomes are the new reality for 580 Dalit and Tribal workers from the hills and slums around Madurai, according to survey data collected in the field. These workers are all members of six new workers’ cooperatives established by our project partner, the Tamil Nadu Labour Union. The benefits of working collectively …

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