Noviembre 2007

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Guatemala City, Guatemala November 9, 2007

Global Workers came to Guatemala with several objectives: to secure the commitment of additional NGOs to join the network; to continue the advocacy with the US consulate; and to investigate a guest worker forestry case in the western highlands. Fortunately, all the objectives were successfully met. Global Workers is proud to announce that the Guatemalan Social Ministries on Human Mobility, the Center for Migrants in San Marcos, and the Social Ministries in Huehuetenango have committed to working with us to serve transnational migrants.

Guatemala City, Guatemala November 12, 2007

Global Workers had a very productive meeting with the US Consul General and his staff. Much to our delight, the consulate has taken our advice seriously and is putting in to practice our suggestions to reduce worker exploitation. Recently, they began distributing to every H-2B guest worker (approx 5,000 in 2006) a know your labor rights flyer with contact information for assistance. Global Workers had provided the consulate with the first draft (designed in collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center) during a previous visit.

Huehuetenango, Guatemala November 16, 2007

Huehuetenago, in the northwest highlands of Guatemala, is the largest migrant sending area in Guatemala. From here originate most of the approx. 4,000 forestry workers who go the US every year through the guest worker program to plant pine tree saplings. One of Global Workers’ partners in the US, contacted us to investigate a disturbing case. This NGO currently has several class actions pending on behalf of grossly underpaid pine tree workers.

Huehuetenango, Guatemala November 17, 2007

While investigating the coercive tactics of the US forestry companies (actually, the subcontractors the companies hire to recruit the guest workers) Global Workers learned first hand of the particularly exploitative conditions under which these Guatemalans labor legally in the US. Although illegal under US and Guatemalan law, the Guatemalan workers are required to pay upfront all of their transportation and visa fees to go to the US through the guest worker program.

Noticias

"Tribunal canadiense ordena a empresa indemnizar a trabajadoras mexicanas" (fuente: La Jornada)

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Guatemala, Guatemala - Hoy Global Workers Justice Alliance, la Pastoral de Movilidad Humana de la Conferencia Episcopal de Guatemala y La Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala hacer saber al publico nacional e internacional de la apropiación irregular de títulos de propiedad por parte de reclutadores de trabajadores migrantes temporales, con el informe "Confiscación de Títulos de Propiedad en Guatemala por parte de reclutadores en Programas de Trabajadores Temporales con Visas H-2B". Sigue el enlace para acceder el comunicado completo:

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