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Cancer-Causing Children's Clothes Found In Wal-Marts In China

All Headline News
06/01/2006

By Mary K. Brunskill - All Headline News Contributor

Beijing, China (AHN) - U.S. mega-store Wal-Mart announced on Wednesday several brands of children's clothes will no longer be sold in Wal-Mart stores in China because they were found to contain a dye that may cause cancer.

Nine children's brands sold in Wal-Mart stores in Guangdong province contained clothes that contained a dye that could decompose into toxic aromatic amine compounds, the Beijing News reported.

A Wal-Mart in Beijing was also selling some of the brands, reports the AP.

Por cada dólar que el trabajo infantil genera, el país pierde 6’

El Comercio (Ecuador)
06/01/2006

Redacción Negocios

Para Juan Rolando C. su jornada de trabajo en la terminal terrestre de Quito se inicia a las 06:00 y puede concluir a las 19:00, “según como esté el día”.

Cuando recién aclara la mañana, Juan Rolando busca los buses interprovinciales para aplicar sus habilidades con la escoba y la pala. De su buen desempeño con estas herramientas dependerán sus ingresos económicos del día.

When truth doesn't pay

06/01/2006

After decade of activism, NGOs wonder what big-label confessions are worth

By Adria Vasil

Ten years after Nike and Gap first opened their factory doors to inspectors, after ten thousand corporate codes of conduct and armies of corporate responsibility specialists, are the workers of the world any better off?

'Where's my pay package?'

Market Watch
05/31/2006

Investors address board on wage disparity

By Jennifer Waters

(Corrects reference to the proportional relationship of top-executive salaries to store-worker pay.)

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Along with all the hoopla and grandstanding planned for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s marathon annual meeting Friday, there will be a shareholder proposal aimed at reining in the 1,000-to-1 difference in pay scales between executives and store associates.

'Where's my pay package?'

MarketWatch
05/31/2006

By Jennifer Waters

(Corrects reference to the proportional relationship of top-executive salaries to store-worker pay.)

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Along with all the hoopla and grandstanding planned for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s marathon annual meeting Friday, there will be a shareholder proposal aimed at reining in the 1,000-to-1 difference in pay scales between executives and store associates.

Más de 8 millones de niños trabajan en Latinoamérica

El Comercio (Ecuador)
05/30/2006

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)
05/27/2006

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...

Oxfam blows whistle on sports manufacturers

Reuters
05/24/2006

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

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