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Mining boss accused of paying for killings

Miami Herald
05/19/2006

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

05/06/2006

By Marques Casara, with the contribution of João Paulo Veiga

SÃO PAULO - BRAZIL

MAY/2006

SOCIAL OBSERVATORY INSTITUTE R. São Bento, 365, 18º andar Centro - Cep: 01011-100 São Paulo, SP, Brasil Phone/Fax: 55 11 3105-0884 e-mail: observatorio [at] os.org.br

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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)
05/04/2006

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.

Fair Trade Fashion Takes Off in Europe

Women's Wear Daily
05/03/2006

By Ellen Groves

PARIS - Ethical fashion is broadening its scope as major European

retailers respond to heightened consumer concerns about apparel

manufacturing that damages the environment or violates human rights.

British giant Marks & Spencer began selling its own fair trade-certified

cotton line in March, which guarantees higher prices for cotton

producers. High Street chain Topshop's initial one-month trial of

ethical brand People Tree was so successful at its Oxford Street

An Ugly Side of Free Trade: Sweatshops in Jordan

The New York Times
05/03/2006

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.

An Ugly Side of Free Trade: Sweatshops in Jordan

The New York Times
05/03/2006

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.

SPECIAL REPORT: The price of sparkle is child slavery

The Observer (England)
04/30/2006

Swarovski crystal beads, real and fake, are big business in India. But the children who stitch them into clothing suffer in appalling conditions, writes Dan McDougall

By Dan McDougall

A DECREPIT iron fan creaks in the corner of the windowless room, offering sparse relief from the rising humidity. The air is thick with the foul smell of old cooking oil and burning ghee floating up from the street kitchens and hissing braziers on the south Delhi street below.

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