A documentary by Canadian CBC News the fifth estate finds that the working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry widely remain dangerous. The promises that were made after the Rana Plaza collapse last year seem to have been forgotten. Wal-Mart for example compiled a list of factories that did not meet their standards. The documentary shows that the company still buys from banned factories. ... →
In a new report, the NGO China Labor Watch reports on labor rights violations in 6 factories that produce toys for the company Mattel. The NGO revealed several legal and ethical violations such as discrimination and pollution. However, labor rights violations are seen as the most critical issue. The factories cut wages and benefits of their workers by not paying for overtime, working hour trickery and voluntary social insurance. ... →
Last week, we already reported on the failure of wage talks in the South African gold mining industry, the probability and the dangers of strikes. On Tuesday night, the protests started with 80.000 people participation. According to the National Union of Mineworkers, the labor action could last until Christmas. Of the 23 companies that are affected by the protest, 17 already had to halt operations or have a very low productivity. ... →
Swedish fashion group H&M is planning to produce some of its clothes in Ethiopia. The first test orders have already been made and mass production can start in the spring of 2014. The change is justified with production costs: In recent years, H&M was able to produce in China partly under inhuman conditions and by engaging in wage-dumping. ... →
On Monday, one of the leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers was shot on her way to work at Lonmin’s Marikana mine. The shooting is only the latest case in a series of deadly incidents relating to the fragile labor environment of the South African platinum mine.
Corruption and Human Rights Violations in the Philippines
Nine years have gone by since the strike of unionists of Nestlé Philippines has begun and still there is little hope for a resolution of the conflict. In 2008, the Supreme Court has filed its third decision on the issue urging Nestlé to restart negotiations. So far, the company has ignored the court’s ruling, because according to the corporation, the workers are laid off work already since 2002. ... →