Workers around the world face serious threats for democratically organizing -- an internationally recognized freedom.
In more than 25 years in the field, ILRF has continuously found that where workers are empowered, they feel the most dignity in their work. The freedoms to organize and collectively bargain are fundamental but, unfortunately, frequently violated rights.
One worker in a sea of many does not have a great deal of power in relation to the employer. By binding together in unions and other worker organizations, however, workers have been able to bargain for increased wages, better working conditions, improvements to health and safety, and the right to have a genuine voice in the decisions that impact their daily lives. Different unions coming together into a movement helped create the middle class and improved the lives of all Americans, including a minimum wage, social security, laws against child labor and anti-discrimination laws.
But workers around the world face systemic barriers to organizing, including egregious acts of violence and intimidation. Companies and governments fire workers who attempt to organize, close or relocate factories and farms to eliminate union presence, criminalize activists, and hire migrants and children as replacements. Thousands of workers over the past decade have been arrested, harassed, and even killed for defending this internationally recognized freedom. ILRF works with partners around the world in some of the most dangerous and difficult places for workers to organize, supporting them in their quest for dignity and justice at work.