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New Report Details Systematic Labor Rights Violations in Colombia

New Report Details Systematic Labor Rights Violations in Colombia

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor released a report in response to the complaint filed by U.S. and Colombian unions detailing systematic labor rights violations in Colombia. The U.S. government acknowledged many of the serious issues raised in the complaint, including inadequate labor inspections and enforcement actions, abusive forms of subcontracting that prevent union organizing and keep the majority of Colombian workers in precarious jobs, and impunity for threats and violence against trade unionists, which creates a climate of fear.

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Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities

Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities

From domestic workers in New York City to garment workers in Bangladesh, women coming together to organize, demand fair treatment and address gender discrimination is critical to realizing women’s rights and economic justice. A new report from the AFL-CIO, the Rutgers Center for Women’s Global Leadership and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, Transforming Women’s Work: Policies for an Inclusive Economic Agenda, discusses the critical need to create an enabling environment for worker and community organizing, including inclusive macroeconomic and trade policies that promote decent work in the market and realign gender inequities in unpaid work in the home.

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Has Free Trade with Peru Weakened the Rights of Working People?

This week, the U.S. ambassador to Peru, Brian A. Nichols, discussed the impact of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in an interview but failed to acknowledge that the increase in exports from Peru to the United States has not created decent work opportunities for Peruvian workers. Increased production has not resulted in higher wages, respect on the job or greater social mobility; instead, export industries have been characterized by poverty wages and rampant labor rights violations.

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Six Years After Bagua Massacre, Trade Deals Continue to Threaten Worker Rights and the Environment

Six years ago this week, at least 32 people died in Bagua, Peru, during a protest against regulations the government put in place to comply with the recently inked United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Government forces opened fire on thousands of indigenous people who had blocked a highway, attempting to prevent extractive companies from taking advantage of new rules that made it easier to exploit the Amazon.

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Three Years After Colombia Deal, Workers Still Face Violence, Impunity and Unfair Working Conditions

Three years ago today, the U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement entered into force. At the time, many of the same promises that are being thrown around in the Fast Track debate also were being discussed in terms of Colombia—that the trade agreement would promote better labor conditions and create good jobs.

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U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

This week, the United Nations released its annual report on the Progress of the World’s Women. Called “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights,” this year’s edition is focused on economic empowerment. As the report highlights, while there has been important progress regarding gender equality, entrenched economic and social inequality remains throughout the world.

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Trade, Violence and Migration: The Broken Promises to Honduran Workers

AFL-CIO delegation to Honduras.

In 2014, thousands of refugees from Central America fled violence, repression and poverty and made the perilous, often deadly, journey to the United States. As many as 74,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border in 2014, some 18,000 of them from Honduras, where children and their families are fleeing their communities at a higher rate than in any other country in Central America. 

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Smoke Screen: One Industry Carve-Out Won’t Solve the Problem of Corporate Courts

According to recent reports (behind a paywall), U.S. trade negotiators for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal are floating a proposal to prevent tobacco companies from using corporate courts to sue national governments over anti-smoking regulations.

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