Labor Rights en Targeting Teachers: The 'dirty war' against Colombia's unions COTORRA — In Colombia, just 4 percent of workers belong to unions — one of the lowest rates in the hemisphere.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Colombia Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:15:00 +0000 John Otis 5690740 at 'Meet the New Boss' PUENTE SOGAMOSO — The dark legacy of violence against organized labor often keeps workers from demanding better conditions and denouncing abusive labor structures.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Diplomacy Colombia Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:44:00 +0000 John Otis 5693873 at How Mexico's pro-industry unions undermine workers' rights MEXICO CITY — "Protection unions" help employers in Mexico minimize costs and stand firmly in the way of workers as they try to boost their wages and working conditions. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Mexico Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:15:00 +0000 John Otis 5696899 at American unions stand up for Latin American workers BOGOTA — Organized labor in the United States — which has often viewed foreign workers as job-stealing foes — is increasingly collaborating with overseas labor activists to strengthen unions and help workers combat the cruelties of the global economy. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Colombia Tue, 01 May 2012 02:16:56 +0000 John Otis 5702580 at Bangladesh's garment workers brave deadly fires to make luxury American clothing ASHULIA — These are the garment factories of Savar and Gazipur — an engine of the nation’s economic growth, both a boon to and the bane of existence for a desperate, disposable workforce of 3.6 million people toiling inside into the night. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Asia-Pacific Tue, 01 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Maher Sattar 5702637 at Spain divided as labor rights erode MADRID —  The devaluation of the once-esteemed profession of waitering is representative of much broader changes in the Spanish labor market.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Global Economy Spain Wed, 02 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Guy Hedgecoe 5702752 at Black South African youth shut out of secure jobs CAPE TOWN – By any measure, but especially in this country with a history of street protest and a trend of violent crime, the issue of unemployment is a social time bomb. Yet the tripartite alliance government, made up of the African National Congress (ANC), the Communist Party and Cosatu, stands accused of delivering empty promises.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights South Africa Thu, 03 May 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Alex Duval Smith 5702914 at Nicaragua’s Marxist government gets religion on free trade zones MASAYA — President Ortega has attracted foreign investment to create free-trade zone jobs in response to the country’s massive unemployment problem. It might not be the socialist promise of the original Sandinista Revolution in the 1980s, but in Nicaragua — the second poorest country in the hemisphere — attracting foreign investment and creating jobs is revolutionary in its own right.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Americas Fri, 04 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Rogers 5702993 at The mysterious murder of a Bangladeshi labor activist DHAKA – His colleagues say Islam's murder was retaliation for standing up for workers, rights in Bangladesh, which has the lowest wages in the world and where a series of factory fires has claimed more than 300 lives in recent years. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Asia-Pacific Mon, 14 May 2012 10:01:00 +0000 Maher Sattar 5704124 at Technically legal, Brazil’s sex workers left out of unionization push <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">RIO DE JANEIRO &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">While other industries have unionized and steadily built up worker protections, Brazil&rsquo;s sex workers have been unable to follow suit as they have in other countries where the sex trade has been legalized, plagued by social stigma and strict laws around prostitution.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights sex industry Want to Know Brazil Sun, 20 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Tuttle 5704740 at Egypt's labor movement finds its own strength <p>CAIRO &mdash; Although Egypt&rsquo;s labor movement has been born anew in the days and months since the January 25 uprising, wooing workers from the official government union to a growing network of independent ones, activists are finding an impatient audience these days.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Labor Rights Thu, 24 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Mai Shams El-Din 5705391 at Slave labor on the rise in Russia <p><span style="line-height: 21px; ">VOLGOGRAD &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21px; ">Russia&rsquo;s recent economic growth has given rise to slave labor schemes enticing waves of migrant workers from Russia&rsquo;s poor regions and former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Russia Sun, 27 May 2012 12:08:59 +0000 Khristina Narizhnaya 5705637 at Locked Out: Canadian workers pay heavy price in foreign acquisitions <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">LONDON, Ontario &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Electro-Motive had employed Londoners to build locomotives for over six decades, but 480 unemployed workers say Caterpillar bought their factory for the technology, never intending to continue operations in Canada.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Canada Thu, 31 May 2012 10:15:00 +0000 Bilbo Poynter 5706198 at Walker's victory: Fair or not, for unions, hard times bring hard lines <p>LONDON &mdash; &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">The GOP and the Democrats have each spun the vote to suit their agenda, but the deeper one dives behind the Red-Blue rhetoric, the more the result fits into a global pattern of backlash by debt-laden voters against those who are insulated from the vagaries of the market in a way most can only dream of.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Debt Crisis Global Economy United States Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:58:00 +0000 Michael Moran 5706958 at In Nicaragua, Sandinista membership a prerequisite for government work <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">MANAGUA &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">It may be wishful thinking &mdash; not to mention a touchy political issue in a country with a history of US interventionism &mdash; but the 23,439 former state employees and their federation of unions hope to find justice in the Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Rights Americas Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Tim Rogers 5707011 at