Fighting for worker justice in the global economy.
Dec 14, 2012 -- January 31, 2013 Update: Hunger strike lifted. See the Asotrecol website for an update. ...Read more »
Dec 14, 2012 -- The Mexican Congress pushed through a labor law package in a lame duck session in November 2012 that has been praised by employers and blasted by unions. Final approval came despite massive protests by Mexican labor unions, supported by international interventions, including a U.S. congressional letter initiated by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). ...Read more »
Sep 21, 2012 -- October 24, 2012 Update: Both houses of the Mexican Congress have passed a package of labor law changes that will roll back protections for workers as described below. The Senate version passed this week and now must be approved or reconciled with the version passed by the lower house. ...Read more »
Sep 14, 2012 -- An International Day of Action is being organized by Witness for Peace and others for Monday, September 17, in support of the Colombian workers on a hunger strike demanding justice from General Motors. Join an action or organize your own; the health of the workers is deteriorating. September 22 Update: Following the International Day of Action, the General Motors workers in Colombia suspended their hunger strike to show their "commitment to a definitive solution to our demands, and to d ...Read more »
Jul 26, 2012 -- The AFL-CIO this week released a new report that says the Colombian government has failed to fully implement its Labor Action Plan. The Plan was signed in April 2011 and paved the way for U.S. congressional approval of the Free Trade Agreement in October 2011, which was implemented, prematurely, in May 2012. ...Read more »
Jun 29, 2012 -- Another round of negotiations for what is billed as the largest-ever free trade agreement takes place the first week of July in San Diego. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will establish new rules for trade and investment impacting worker rights, health care, the environment, financial regulation, and consumers. Negotiations originally involved the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam but Canada and Mexico are joining ...Read more »
Jun 6, 2012 -- In its 2012 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights released June 6, 2012, the International Trade Union Confederation found that Latin America remains the most dangerous region of the world for trade unionists, with Colombia again leading the world, followed by Guatemala. ...Read more »
May 25, 2012 -- The Congressional Monitoring Group on Labor Rights in Colombia this week released a letter to President Obama expressing “deep concern and alarm” regarding a recent increase in violence against trade unionists in Colombia. The May 17, 20 ...Read more »
May 21, 2012 -- On May 15, four masked men kidnapped and tortured labor rights defender José Enrique Morales Montaño, a member of the Workers' Support Centre (Centro de Apoyo al Trabajador, CAT) in Mexico. ...Read more »
May 1, 2012 -- Leading U.S. apparel brands are urging the Guatemalan government to resolve the long-pending CAFTA labor complaint filed by six Guatemalan unions and the AFL-CIO four years ago. ...Read more »
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