Guatemala has the lowest unionization rate of any country in Latin America, and brave worker activists who struggle to form unions in this adverse context are in many cases illegally fired, threatened, attacked and murdered. In this context, the Solidarity Center offers technical expertise to local partners who are pushing for robust enforcement of labor laws and for an end to the rampant impunity for the widespread human rights abuses committed against unionists. The Solidarity Center partners with national and local union bodies and rights activists to educate Guatemalan workers on their basic rights under domestic labor law and international labor standards, assist them in adjudicating labor rights violations, and help them improve their wages and working conditions through unionization campaigns. Our union allies in the agriculture, apparel and domestic work industries are developing the leadership capacity of traditionally marginalized workers, including women, indigenous and informal economy workers. We also work to develop public policy platforms that bring together all segments of Guatemala’s union movement to advocate reforms that benefit all workers. In addition, as Guatemala is currently one of the principal departure countries for migrant workers seeking better livelihoods in the United States, the Solidarity Center works with the Regional Inter-Union Committee for the Defense of Migrant Worker Rights (CI Regional) on a national and Central America-wide level to promote the rights of migrants through multi-stakeholder social dialogue and policy advocacy.

Media Contact

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Communications Director
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Unions Protect Agricultural Workers’ Rights: Report

Where unions establish collective bargaining, they initiate the strongest mechanism for protecting agricultural workers’ rights, health and dignity according to a new report prepared for the Solidarity Center by researchers at Penn State’s Center for Global Workers’...

The Union Difference in Guatemala Banana Plantations

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 a Solidarity Center report. (The report also is available in Spanish.) “What...

Report: Death Threats Among Anti-Union Violence in Guatemala

Threats, including death threats, and intimidation were the most common forms of violence against union activists and workers seeking to form unions in Guatemala last year, according to a new report by the Network of Labor Rights Defenders of Guatemala (REDLG). (Read...

Guatemala: Global Action Needed to End Murders of Union Members

Since 2007, 64 trade unionists have been murdered in Guatemala, and hundreds more union leaders and members have been kidnapped, tortured and threatened with death—all part of an ongoing pattern of violations against worker rights, according to Britain’s Trade Union...

INTERVIEW: Guatemalan Aluminum Workers Describe Abuse

When Emeterio Nach suffered a shoulder injury at his job, he asked his supervisor at the Ternium aluminum processing plant in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, for time off to see his doctor. After the supervisor denied his request, Nach asked again. The supervisor continued to...

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