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PEZA police, guards violently dispersed workers on strike

Worker's Assistance Center (WAC)
09/25/2006


Several police and security guards once again violently dispersed union members on strike injuring at least ten in front of a Korean-owned factory this morning.

Armed with firearms, clubs and backed-up with water tanks, several elements of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) police and Jantro security guards violently assaulted union members on strike at the Chong Won Fashion Inc. (CWFI).

PEZA police, guards violently dispersed workers on strike

Worker's Assistance Center
09/25/2006

Several police and security guards once again violently dispersed union members on strike injuring at least ten in front of a Korean-owned factory this morning.

Armed with firearms, clubs and backed-up with water tanks, several elements of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) police and Jantro security guards violently assaulted union members on strike at the Chong Won Fashion Inc. (CWFI).

Wal-Mart Declares War on Organic Farmers: Partners with Agribusiness for Corporate Takeover

Natural Newswire
09/22/2006

Contact:

Mark Kastel, 608-624-2042

Ronnie Cummins, 218-226-4164

Steve Sprinkel, 805-290-0988

CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN: A report released today by The Cornucopia Institute, the nation's most aggressive organic farming watchdog, accuses Wal-Mart of cheapening the value of the organic label by sourcing products from industrial-scale factory farms and Third World countries, such as China.

Nestlé Poses a Problem To Labour Party Conference

The Independent (UK)
09/18/2006

..."Nestle has carelessly bought cocoa from plantations that use child slave labour," says Bama Athreya, executive director of the International Labour Rights Fund. "We saw child slave labour on these farms."

I asked the company: can it guarantee that child labour is not used in its Ivory Coast supply chains? A spokeswoman replies: "Nestle has actively participated in the chocolate industry's effort to address labour concerns on cocoa farms." (Translation: no.)

Prison Labor: The New Slavery

New America Media
09/18/2006

By Chris Levister

As a child Ayana Cole dreamed of becoming a world class fashion designer. Today she is among hundreds of inmates crowded in an Oregon prison factory cranking out designer jeans. For her labor she is paid 45 cents an hour. At a chic Beverly Hills boutique some of the beaded creations carry a $350 price tag. In fact the jeans labeled "Prison Blues" -- proved so popular last year

2 Int'l labor group express concern over workers' plight

Worker's Assistance Center
09/16/2006

With negotiation for their demands for improved benefit stalled, union members of a Korean-owned garment factory gets the backing of two international labor groups.

Now labor rights advocates the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) in the US and the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) in Canada have already express concern with the plight of workers on protests at Chong Won Fashion Inc. (CWFI) operating inside the Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).

Garment Workers Reject Proposed Minimum Wage in Bangladesh

Asia Pulse
09/14/2006

By Narayabganj

Thousands of garment workers staged violent demonstrations in Narayanganj industrial area Wednesday demanding minimum wages at Tk 3,000 (US$43.60), rejecting the Wage Board's recommendation of Tk 1,604, released Tuesday. The National Minimum Wage Board formulated a draft proposal fixing minimum wages for the workers in the export-oriented garment sector at Tk 1,604 at entry level. However, this recommendation was not a consensus decision.

56 empresas emplean a menores

El Comercio, EcuadorInter Press Service
09/13/2006

Redacción Negocios

Por primera vez en la historia laboral del Ecuador, las empresas y los empleadores que ocupan mano de obra infantil serán multados por esta ilegalidad.

Así señaló el ministro de la cartera de Trabajo y Empleo (MTE), José Serrano, al presentar los datos de las inspecciones hechas desde el 17 de agosto pasado.

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