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Amnesty blasts Indigenous policies

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to revoke the Northern Territory intervention that discriminates against Indigenous communities, as the Australian government tries to justify its continuation to the United Nations (UN). On August 5, Amnesty said: “Over three years, the Northern Territory Emergency Response has taken away many rights from Aboriginal communities.” It urged people to email the leaders of Australia’s major political parties to “demand that, regardless of the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 September 2010

Victory for Safe Jobs and the Environment: High Court Halts Deadly Shipbreaking on the Beaches of Bangladesh

18 March 2009 As a result of a petition filed by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), the Bangladeshi High Court has directed the Department of Environment (DoE) to ensure that all shipbreaking yards operating without environmental clearance close their operations within two weeks. None of the 36 shipbreaking yards in Chittagong currently have an environmental clearance. The decision therefore effectively shuts down an industry that has been highly criticized by (...) read

date of on-line publication : 27 March 2009

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

A Valentine’s day report : worker justice and basic rights

> Prepared by the U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project and The International Labor Rights Fund, February 13, 2007, 15 p.

Colombia is the largest flower exporter to the United States, followed by Ecuador. Approximately 60% of all flowers sold in the U.S. come from Colombia and almost a third of Ecuador’s yearly production is exported to the U.S. for Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, workers earn poverty-level wages, making less than half of what is needed to meet basic needs ; 55% of women workers in Ecuador’s flower plantations have been the victims of some form of sexual harassment in the workplace ; 66% of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 February 2007

Recover the community’s ability to produce : the experience of El Ceibo in Argentina

> ReVista (Harvard Review of Latin America), fall 2006, "Social enterprise : making a difference"

Low-income sectors often face tough obstacles and tensions that make it hard to act collectively. But a small group of people, made up of 40 families in a poor Buenos Aires neighborhood, overcame those barriers and organized to change the conscience of residents in Palermo, a trendy Buenos Aires neighborhood, through a collective of garbage recyclers known as El Ceibo . « We don’t recover the material first, we recover people, don’t forget that all of us have a very hard personal history. (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 December 2006

Global corporations opposing new Chinese labour law strengthening worker’s rights

Public and media discussion often focuses on the role of the Chinese government in suppressing workers struggles and in not enforcing existing labour laws. Yet, multinationals play a significant role, too. Despite claims that they are raising human and labour rights standards abroad, which in many cases is used as a justification to operate in countries such as China, they often do the opposite. A good example is the emerging difference between China and American and other foreign (...) read

date of on-line publication : 7 December 2006


Guest workers seek Global Horizons : U.S. company profits from migrant labor

> CorpWatch, November 3rd, 2006 (...)

« About 170 Thai migrants paid thousands of dollars to recruiters in Thailand for the opportunity to work in the bountiful orchards of Washington state. Their tale illustrates the pitfalls of the H-2A guest worker program which is a mainstay - along with undocumented labor - of the U.S. agricultural system.
According to the Seattle Times, the migrant workers said they paid up to $8,000 each to Thai recruiters. Global Horizons, a California-based company, works with recruiters abroad and obtains H-2A agricultural guest worker visas, flies workers to Washington and sets them up in housing, as required by the federal program. Global Horizons denies working with any recruiter who received payment from a migrant worker. »  read

date of on-line publication : 16 November 2006


Africa: Africans Lash Out at Chinese Employers (...)

Deep in the tunnel of the Collum mine, coal dust swirls thickly, and it’s stifling for workers such as Chengo Nguni. He describes his $2-a-day job with a sigh: His supervisor yells incomprehensibly in Chinese. His rubber boots leak. The buttons to control the flow of ore out of the mine often deliver an electric shock. But the worst thing about life in the Chinese-owned mine in southern Zambia is that there is no such thing as a day off. Ever.  read

date of on-line publication : 26 October 2006


Whose Miracle? How China’s workers are paying the price for its economic boom

> ICFTU, Dec 2005, 69pp (...)

A report showing that whilst China’s economy is currently experiences huge growth, the majority of the population is yet to benefit, as numbers of newly unemployed rise and workers’ rights are frequently ignored. Furthermore, this report warns that "its deeper integration into the WTO risks further exacerbating this meteoric plunge into inequality."  read

date of on-line publication : 9 February 2006

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