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Workers at Two Guatemala Garment Factories Overcome a History of Violence and Vindicate Associational Rights

The WRC helped workers organizing unions at Guatemalan factories owned by Korean multinational SAE-A secure remedies for violence, death threats, and illegal firings.

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80,000 Shahi Exports Workers Will Finally Get Their Back Pay

In a major breakthrough in the efforts of the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union in Karnataka, India, the Worker Rights Consortium, and a growing list of labor rights advocates, to address the refusal of suppliers in Karnataka to pay the legal minimum wage—a violation that has affected 400,000 workers, who are collectively owed nearly $60 million—Shahi Exports,…

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Worker Rights Consortium and Worker Representatives Secure $1 Million Humanitarian Contribution from Barco Uniforms to Address Unpaid Severance at Closed Supplier Factory in El Salvador

The Worker Rights Consortium is pleased to report that Southern California-based Barco Uniforms, Inc. has made a humanitarian contribution of more than $1 million to the 200 former employees of Barco’s former supplier, the Industrias Florenzi factory in El Salvador. The purpose of this contribution is to successfully resolve the issue of unpaid severance benefits…

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El Consorcio de Derechos del Trabajador (WRC) y representantes de las trabajadoras(es) obtuvieron una contribución humanitaria de US$1 millón de Barco Uniforms para encarar las indemnizaciones pendientes debido al cierre de su fábrica proveedora en El Salvador

23 de diciembre de 2021 Al Consorcio de Derechos del Trabajador (WRC por sus siglas en inglés) le complace informar que la empresa Barco Uniforms, Inc., con sede en el sur del estado de California, Estados Unidos, ha realizado una contribución humanitaria de más de US$1 millón a aproximadamente 200 extrabajadoras(es) de la fábrica Industrias…

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Testimony from Workers Who Benefitted from Barco’s Contribution of $1 Million

“This is a joyful day that we thought would never come. My father fell ill during the past year, and I felt so sad because I wasn’t able to help with any of his expenses. But now I will be able to help buy him medicine. We appreciate all of the efforts by the organizations…

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Heartless at Heart and Mind: Cheated of severance, Thai workers who sewed kids’ clothes for El Corte Inglés struggle to feed and house their own children

Denial of legally due severance inflicts many hardships on garment workers. Due to chronically low wages across major apparel brands’ supply chains, weak social safety nets in the countries where they choose to produce clothes, and poor enforcement of local labor laws, most garment workers entered the Covid-19 pandemic with no margin of economic security….

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Sin corazón en Heart and Mind (Corazón y Mente): Robado de su pago de indemnización, trabajadoras y trabajadores tailandeses que cosían ropa infantil para El Corte Inglés luchan por alimentar y proveer vivienda a sus propios hijos e hijas

17 de diciembre del 2021 | COMUNICADO DE PRENSA — La denegación de la indemnización legalmente debida ocasiona muchas dificultades a los y las trabajadoras de la confección. Debido a los salarios que son crónicamente bajos en las cadenas de suministro de las principales marcas de ropa, las débiles redes de seguridad social en los países donde estas marcas eligen producir ropa…

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Coalition Calls Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act a Defeat for Corporations Complicit in Forced Labor and a Huge Victory for Uyghur Human Rights

Washington, D.C. — On the passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region released the following statement: We applaud the House and Senate for passing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, despite opposition from many of the nation’s most powerful corporations. By sharply constraining corporate complicity in forced…

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Worker Rights Consortium Urges Apparel Brands to Join International Safety Accord on Anniversary of Deadly Factory Fire

Since the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry went into effect in September, 155 apparel brands and retailers have signed this new binding agreement which expands the model pioneered by the Bangladesh Accord for protecting worker safety. The signatories include many of the world’s leading apparel brands and retailers….

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Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the STUM Union, is released from prison, but the threat to trade unionists and workers in Myanmar remains high

After six months of detainment in Myanmar’s notorious, Covid-ridden Insein prison,[1] Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the Solidarity Trade Union of Myanmar, was released and reunited with her family along with 5,000 other political prisoners on October 21, 2021. Among those released alongside Myo Myo were three workers from Xing Jia Footwear, whose only…

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