Dark Side of the "White Gold" of Uzbekistan. The Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) supports the campaign against forced labor and persecution of human rights defenders in Uzbekistan. The country officials have created one of the largest public systems of forced labor, designed to ensure the production of cotton—the "white gold" of Uzbekistan.
Declaration of the Union Rights' Defence CentreAnd yet we still hear news around the world about the harassment of workers, attacks on trade union activists, arrests, new legal limits on union rights or strikes, lock-outs and dismissals. Greece and Bahrain, Iran and Egypt, Columbia, Peru, Canada, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Korea, Indonesia and Pakistan are on the map of trade unions and workers activists' battles with persecution. It is sad to admit, but most of the countries of our region, the former Soviet Union countries, are also in this list.
Failure to provide trade union rights is the source of growing inequality, poverty, food and environmental problems. Attacks on labour and trade union rights today are at the end of the day, attacks on our future. To protect it we have to have that unique instrument, the organization of employees, which we can set against the growing power of corporations and financial institutions, and neoliberal policies of governments.
Trade union rights are the key to this.
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