Turkish trade unionists have piled into anti-government protests, marching into Istanbul's Taksim Square banging drums and waving banners.
The owners didn't build fire escapes. They'd locked the doors on the upper floors "to prevent theft," trapping workers in the flames.
The labor action plan for workers' rights added to the controversial U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is failing, say a Colombian senator and union leaders.
Tunisia was the site of the first blooming of the "Arab Spring." The assassination of Tunisian leftist politician Chokri Belaid by unknown gunmen has thrown this North African country into turmoil.
Egypt's independent unions and their confederation are extremely upset by present Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's labor takeover plan.
Mexico, the large U.S. trading partner and southern neighbor, is on a path of "low-wage development," including weakening its labor law and oppressing independent unions.
While actions took place in U.S. supporting Walmart workers, 112 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed in a factory fire as they reportedly worked overtime for American clothing retailers, including Walmart.
A plan to gut labor protections has spurred unrest in Mexico's streets.
Blanca Velasquez left the country this month and suspended a two-year legal battle she has had with the government, according to the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center.
The Labor Department, Colombia and the ILO signed another agreement to protect workers' rights, even as a hunger strike by Colombian workers continued.