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Freedom at Work 2012: Democracy and an Economy for All

Publication Date: 

August 23, 2012

In many parts of the world, freedom of association in the workplace has come under increasingly hostile attacks. In 2011, 75 labor activists were murdered and thousands more were harassed, fired, arrested or abducted for defending workers’ rights.

Yet beyond these heinous acts, workers face deep-rooted barriers to realizing the right to freely associate and bargain collectively in the workplace. The increasing mobility of capital, the rise of precarious work, and the growing power of multinational companies all threaten workers’ ability to organize and collectively bargain.