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Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Dr. Mark Anner
Center Director, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

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Unionized workers on Guatemala banana plantations earn more, work fewer hours, face less sexual harassment, and have safer workplaces, including during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Center report, which is published with the Solidarity Center. (The report also is available in Spanish.) The report finds that non-unionized workers in the country’s south earn less than half the hourly pay of unionized workers in the north, while working 12 hours per week more. Thirty-nine percent of all bananas sold in the United States are produced in Guatemala.
Banana Union
The Center for Global Workers’ Rights and the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State are proud to welcome the seventh cohort of Masters of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights! The new cohort consists of nine students who bring a wealth of experience promoting labor rights across a range of geographic, industrial, and organizational contexts.
In response to concerns about workers during the coronavirus pandemic, center director Dr. Mark Anner and the Global Labour University collaborated to create a free online course to provide “unionists, scholars, and practitioners from around the world with critical knowledge on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in global supply chains and labor’s response to protect workers.”
Mark Anner
The pandemic has created urgency and obstacles for new research on the world of work. In summer 2020, four M.P.S. students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights stepped up to this challenge by writing capstone papers on the implications of the pandemic
Global Supply Chains in Times of COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, it exposes and intensifies deep-seated inequalities, with pressing implications for workers’ rights. Here at the Center for Global Workers’ Rights, we are tracking these developments closely, even as many of our immediate plans have been disrupted.
Members of the Korean Women’s Trade Union who work in non-teaching positions in public schools picket to demand fair compensation during the stay-at-home order. Photo Credit: Korean Women's Trade Union