eliminating child labour in agriculture needs guaranteed living wages, fair crop prices and freedom from debt
In 2019 the United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYECL). The prospects of any progress towards this goal are extremely dim. As we have already witnessed, decades of neoliberal policies created...
Despite political repression and restrictions on rallies and public activities, HKCTU organized a public event on On May 1st, International Workers' Day. The public exhibition and leafleting drew public support despite a heavy police presence. The activity raised...
Translation of an article by Ming Pao reporter, LAW KA Ying, published in Ming Pao on May 2, 2021. Lee Cheuk Yan, General Secretary of HKCTU, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for two cases of unapproved assembly of "8.18" and "8.31" in 2019. This year, he need to...
On International Workers' Day we will have all sorts of demands in different countries, depending on different situations. But I think what unites us is that we know that working people deserve better. We know that we need to come together to build the economic,...
In the face of brutal political repression, our sisters and brothers in Hong Kong and Myanmar cannot mobilize and rally freely on May 1st, 2021, International Workers' Day. We ask all unions to include their voices and demands in your rallies. Our sisters and brothers...
Trade unionists at Coca-Cola Philippines are being red-tagged. Why is the company failing to uphold freedom of association?
"Red-tagging" in the Philippines is an orchestrated campaign of fear and intimidation that denies workers their fundamental human right to freedom of association. It not only forces workers to give up their right to freely choose their union. It creates the conditions...
Fear in the Philippines. How “red tagging” by the police & military also kills the right to freedom of association
When President Duterte called on the police and armed forces to "kill them all" in March 2021, he was referring to anyone suspected of being involved in the armed communist insurgency. Like his war on drugs that cost the lives of anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people...
Protesters are gunned down in the streets of Yangon. But Accor’s luxury Novotel Yangon Max is declared “ALL Safe”
Accor's luxury five star Novotel Yangon Max continues to host events and welcome guests, with occupancy well over 50%, even as military forces follow the order to "annihilate" all protesters and hunt down all those who joined the Civil Disobedience Movement. This...
missing the 6th point in Myanmar: all political detainees & human rights defenders must be released!
The Five Point Consensus on Myanmar issued by the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on 24 April 2021 could be an important step towards ending violent repression by the military junta in Myanmar. Just prior to the meeting the Indonesian government, which hosted the emergency...
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14th IUF Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2022
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