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Más de 8 millones de niños trabajan en Latinoamérica

El Comercio (Ecuador)

Madrid, EFE

Un total de 8,5 millones de niños entre 5 y 14 años participan en actividades laborales en Latinoamérica, pese al esfuerzo de Gobiernos de la región, como el de Brasil y México, en erradicar el trabajo infantil.

Así lo pone de manifiesto el informe presentado hoy en Madrid por la ONG Proyecto Solidario y que ha sido elaborado por el sociólogo peruano Walter Alarcón.

Según el estudio, de esa cifra total, 2,7 millones de niños trabajan en "actividades consideradas entre las peores formas de trabajo infantil".

14 formas de trabajo infantil se consideran de alto riesgo

El Comercio (Ecuador)

Gabriela Quiroz. Redactora

El Ecuador concentra su atención en la definición de cuáles son las formas específicas de trabajo peligroso, nocivo o riesgoso para los adolescentes. Varias acciones apuntan hacia ese objetivo.

La iniciativa arrancó con 14 talleres regionales y culminó el 10 de mayo con la consulta nacional, entre empresarios, trabajadores, jóvenes, organismos estatales...

Firestone in Liberia rubber row

BBC News

By Caspar Leighton

Rubber tappers can collect up to six buckets of latex liquid in a day

Tyre maker Firestone has been accused of buying rubber from plantations that are illegally occupied by former combatants from Liberia's civil war.

It is one of three companies that the Liberian government and the United Nations have accused of profiting from the illegal rubber-tapping.

Their report says human rights are being violated at plantations across the West African country.

Oxfam blows whistle on sports manufacturers


JAKARTA (Reuters) - Giant sportswear companies have been accused of foul play ahead of football's World Cup finals in Germany next month by the international aid group Oxfam for their treatment of Asian factory workers. An Oxfam report found that Asian factory workers making the clothes, shoes and other apparel that will be showcased at the world's biggest sporting event have been sacked or threatened with violence when they have organised unions to lobby for better pay and conditions.

The report said an Indonesian factory supplying shoes for the world's top

Mining boss accused of paying for killings

Miami Herald

A former intelligence officer said he saw the head of the Colombian branch of a U.S. coal company pay to have two labor leaders killed, according to a court document.

By Gerardo Reyes

A former Colombian intelligence officer has claimed that he saw the head of the Colombian branch of a U.S. coal company hand over a suitcase full of cash to pay for the assassinations of two labor leaders, according to a document filed in a U.S. court.

Is this in fashion? C&A sells clothes produced in clandestine sweatshops that exploit illegal immigrants


By Marques Casara, with the contribution of João Paulo Veiga



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Published in May 2006 at "Observatório Social Em Revista".

RP is now 2nd most dangerous country for labor unions

Inquirer (Philippines)

By Marlon Ramos, Jerome Aning

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna -- The Philippines is fast becoming the most dangerous place for labor unions after Colombia, a US-based labor rights advocacy group said Tuesday as members of a 12-nation International Labor Solidarity Mission fanned out to various provinces to investigate killings, abductions and other attacks on labor leaders and supporters.

An Ugly Side of Free Trade: Sweatshops in Jordan

The New York Times

By Steven Greenhouse and Michael Barbaro

Propelled by a free trade agreement with the United States, apparel manufacturing is booming in Jordan, its exports to America soaring twentyfold in the last five years.

But some foreign workers in Jordanian factories that produce garments for Target, Wal-Mart and other American retailers are complaining of dismal conditions - of 20-hour days, of not being paid for months and of being hit by supervisors and jailed when they complain.