Worker Empowerment in South America
The Worker Empowerment in South America project seeks to improve respect for labor rights in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru by strengthening democratic, independent workers' organizations in the agricultural, platform (gig) economy, manufacturing, and mining sectors.
Many workers in South America continue to be subjected to abusive subcontracting, a lack of formalized work, and poor working conditions. Workers face threats, harassment, or violence if they try to form or join a union, to defend their rights or advance their interests. They often lack social protection, mechanisms for dispute prevention and resolution, and access to institutions that regulate their terms and conditions of work, among other challenges.
To increase the capacity of democratic workers’ organizations in target sectors, the project will:
- Help workers’ organizations to organize, mobilize, advocate for labor rights, and improve quality of jobs;
- Strengthen networks among workers’ organizations, CSOs, and institutions to increase respect for labor rights and job quality; and
- Strengthen engagement of democratic workers’ organizations with employers and governments to improve working terms and conditions, and labor market regulations that support labor rights and improve job quality.