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ILAB News Release: [12/27/2012]
Contact Name: Laura McGinnis or David Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-4653 or x5945
Release Number: 12-2523-NAT

US Department of Labor awards $2.2 million grant for projects to strengthen worker organizations in Haiti and Peru

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced a $2.2 million grant award to strengthen worker organizations in Haiti and Peru. The grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs will fund projects implemented by the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, also known as the Solidarity Center.

"Supporting the ability to organize and protect their rights is important to leveling the playing field for all workers," said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. This grant will help organizations in Haiti and Peru engage in productive, effective negotiations with governments and employers on behalf of vulnerable workers."

The projects will improve the capacity of worker organizations in both countries to better protect the rights of vulnerable workers and to engage in effective advocacy and dialogue. In Haiti, the Solidarity Center will work with the apparel export sector, focusing particularly on issues related to freedom of association, sexual harassment and forced overtime. In Peru, the project will focus on responding to the needs of temporary and fixed-term contract workers.

Since 1995, ILAB has worked with other governments and international organizations to improve working conditions around the world. ILAB's Office of Trade and Labor Affairs has funded technical assistance projects to improve worker rights, livelihoods and labor law compliance in more than 72 countries around the world.

For more information about ILAB's technical assistance projects, visit http://www.dol.gov/ilab/.