The Future of Youth in Central Asia - On the challenges and opportunities for youth employment in three countries

Date and time: 18 Nov, 12:00 - 13:00

Central Asia Solidarity Groups and the Swedish Development Forum are pleased to invite you to a lunch seminar on November 18 at 12-13.00 CET. Register here Globally, the proportion of people unemployed and not enrolled in education is considerably higher among youth than for the rest of the population. This trend is also apparent in […]

November 15, 2021, Calendar, Seminars

Migrant agricultural workers in Italy are exploited

A Senegalese migrant worker displaying harvested tomatoes at an Italian tomato farm. Photo: Trafficking in Persons Office, Flickr

Of: Chiara D'Agni and Sofus Malte Rønberg

The agricultural sector in Southern Italy depends heavily on foreign labor forces coming from other EU member states or third countries. However, seasonal agricultural workers are more likely to experience violations of their rights. This is in order to reduce the producers' wage costs as well as the prices charged to consumers in many countries including the Nordics.

April 27, 2021, Magazine, News article

Workers in Bangladesh are denied the right to strike

Bangladesh does not allow its EPZ workers to exercise their trade union rights. Photo: Solidarity Center (2015), Flickr

Of: Nagaad Kadir Abdimaxmud

Bangladesh is the most dangerous country to be employed in, according to a report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). In the report, Bangladesh is the country that most restricts trade union rights. The strikes at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 resulted in 12 people being fired, 350 prosecuted and 522 unidentified workers reported.

April 16, 2021, News

Strong unions halt the crisis for gender equality

Together, the trade union movement works globally with gender equality, here at a seminar in Benin. Photo: Lina Karlsson

Of: Sofia Östmark

Around the world, more women than men have lost income and jobs during the covid-19 pandemic. That is why strong unions are especially important right now. Together, we can put an end to the serious, historic decline for women in working life, says Sofia Östmark, Chancellor at Union to Union.

March 12, 2021, Debate

Difficult conditions for household employees abroad

The fact that it is work that is carried out in isolation in the employer's home makes household employees extra vulnerable according to the IDWF. Photo: canva.com.

Of: Linnea Boström

Worldwide, domestic workers work in precarious conditions and, during a pandemic, their situation becomes more difficult. Within a system that lacks structure, there are household employees who work for Swedish development aid workers. "It became a lot of personal responsibility," says Anna-Carin Matterson, a former employee of the Swedish embassy in Zambia.

December 10, 2020, Interview

Trade union development cooperation is more important than ever

People in India who have lost their jobs are moving home

Lots of people in India's big cities have lost their jobs during the corona crisis. Many have been forced to walk home to their villages. Photo: Rajesh Balouria / Pixabay

Of: Sofia Östmark

Millions of workers and their families are at risk of poverty due to the corona pandemic. Now the world must increase its focus on social security systems and cooperation between unions and employers. To achieve the global goals, independent and democratic unions are crucial, writes Sofia Östmark at Union to Union.

May 28, 2020, Debate

Cuba's medical exports - socialist solidarity or modern slavery?

Hospital in Cuba

For almost 60 years, Cuba has attracted attention for sending medical brigades to crisis-stricken regions, such as the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. Photo: Julia Spaton Goppers

Of: Julia Spaton Goppers

Many may associate Cuba with charming cars from the fifties, Che Guevara, cigar production and Hemingway's depictions of the sea and nature. The list can be made long, but at present Cuba's exports of medical personnel to the rest of the world are probably the most noticed. Normally, more than 30 Cubans work in 000 different countries, but since the outbreak of the coronavirus, […]

May 27, 2020, Chronicle

Do your new shoes contribute to wars and conflicts?

We often hear that we have to cut back on shopping, but what we may not associate it with is consumption's connection to peace and security, the debater writes.

Of: Alexandra Davidsson

Buying new shoes, clothes and mobile phones is part of everyday life in Sweden. But our casual overconsumption does not only create environmental problems. It also contributes to wars and conflicts around the world, writes Alexandra Davidsson at the association Conscious Consumption.

November 20, 2019, Debate

Feelings of guilt do not create decent working conditions

It is easy to feel guilty when the workers who produced our food receive extremely low wages. But guilt does not solve any problems, writes Vsevolod Lukashenok. Photo: Bernadette Wurzinger, Pixabay

Of: Vsevolod Lukashenok

In mid-October, the global aid organization Oxfam launched a campaign for decent working conditions in the food industry. The campaign had a simple and clear structure - to serve a three-course meal for only 2 kroner. The price corresponds to the sum that the workers who have grown and picked the raw materials receive for the food served. "The world's most unfair restaurant" was Oxfam's slogan […]

November 11, 2019, Chronicle

What do you know about those who produce your food?

Many of the workers who produce our food earn so little that they themselves cannot afford to eat. In addition, many suffer from diseases after spraying crops without protective equipment. Rice plantations are sprayed here.

Of: Elin Williams

Have you bought coffee, rice or crushed tomatoes in the last week? Maybe avocado, tea or bananas? Me too. You do, of course. We live in a time where many of us attach great importance to what we eat. We know how to eat healthy, climate-smart and good. How to make a healthy brunch or […]

November 8, 2019, Guest chronicle