The Global State of Workers’ Rights: Free Labor in a Hostile World | Freedom House

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On August 31, 2010, Freedom House released The Global State of Workers’ Rights: Free Labor in a Hostile World, an assessment of trade union and worker freedoms in 165 countries. According to the findings of this first-of-its-kind report, one-third of the global population lives in societies in which workers’ rights suffer a significant degree of repression. The report found substantial problems in every region of the world except Western Europe, with the most serious abuses occurring in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Fourteen countries received the lowest rating of Very Repressive, including Belarus, Burma, Cuba, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Vietnam.
 
The country ratings in The Global State of Workers’ Rights: Free Labor in a Hostile World reflect conditions in calendar year 2009. The full survey, including individual reports for 50 countries, is available below.