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Groups Faults China's Wal-Mart Suppliers

Associated Press
12/08/2006

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Several Chinese suppliers of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fail to pay legally required wages or provide health insurance and allow poor working conditions, a New York-based labor group says.

A Wal-Mart spokesman said Friday it was looking into the claims in a  report issued this week by China Labor Watch. Managers at two  companies cited in the report denied the accusations.

The real price of cheap clothes: Bangladeshi sweatshop labourers paid just 3p an hour

Independent (UK)
12/08/2006

Bangladeshis making cheap clothes for Asda, Tesco and Primark are paid as little as 3p an hour, according to a report that claims to reveal the grim truth about Asia's sweatshops.

Basic pay in factories that cut and sew fabric for budget chains could be just £8 a month for an 80-hour week, investigation for the charity War on Want found.

Gov’t deports American human rights lawyer

Inquirer (Philippines)
12/08/2006

CEBU CITY -- An American human rights lawyer has been banned from the Philippines ahead of next week’s summit of Southeast

Asian leaders in Cebu province, officials said.

Brian Campbell of the Washington-based International Labor Rights Fund was detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) in Manila late Wednesday after flying in from the United States via Hong Kong.

Campbell, who wanted to attend a “jobs and justice” conference organized by activists on the sidelines of the Association of

US labor lawyer turned back at NAIA

Inquirer (Philippines)
12/07/2006

CEBU CITY -- (UPDATE) An American labor lawyer scheduled to attend a civil society conference parallel to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business Forum here was denied entry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) late Wednesday evening.

Brian Campbell is believed to be the first foreign activist on the way to attending alternative forums and activities in the course of the

12th ASEAN Summit to be turned away.

Immigration officials on Thursday confirmed stopping Campbell and putting him on the next flight back to Hong Kong.

Stopping Firestone: Getting Rubber to Meet the Road

Foreign Policy in Focus
12/07/2006

By Roxanne Lawson and Tim Newman

Liberia is rich in natural resources and Africa’s largest producer of natural rubber. It is also one of the world's poorest countries. Liberia's impoverishment is directly related to the wealth generated from its natural resources; wealth that because of a history of inequality and exploitation benefits multinational corporations and some wealthy Liberians at the expense of the citizens of Liberia. However, many Liberians, along with international allies, are actively resisting this unjust system.

China Suppliers to Move to Wal-Mart Town

Associated Press
12/06/2006

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Chinese companies may be the next source of job creation in Wal-Mart's hometown, following in the footsteps of U.S. companies that have flocked to northwest Arkansas to work more closely with the world's largest retailer.

A leading executive search firm, Cameron Smith Associates, and another area company that works with foreign producers will host a conference in China next month to show manufacturers there how they can boost business by opening local offices to manage their accounts with Wal-Mart Stores Inc...

 

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