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Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan’s 2008 Spring Agricultural Season

Publication Date: 

October 10, 2008

At the end of March and in early April this year, Uzbekistan’s parliament ratified the ILO Convention on Minimal Age of Employment (No. 138, 1973) and the Convention on Prohibition and Immediate Action for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (No. 182, 1999). The very next month, however, under the direction of Uzbekistan’s central government, local authorities and school administrations forced thousands of children out to the fields for spring agricultural work.

Wal-Mart Workers in China

Publication Date: 

October 8, 2008

On September 29, ILRF and the National Labor College co-hosted a discussion with Anita Chan and Jeff Fiedler on Wal-Mart workers in China and the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU).

Anita Chan is a scholar at the Australian National University and has researched and written extensively on Chinese workers in the last two decades. Jeff Fiedler is President of the Research Associates of America and a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Questions ILRF Wishes the Candidates Would Answer

Publication Date: 

October 7, 2008

In this document, ILRF Executive Director Bama Athreya, outline some of the key questions related to global labor rights we wish the US presidential candidates would answer. As the candidates prepare for a debate tonight and workers around the world participate in World Day for Decent Work, we want to know how a new administration would promote decent work for all globally.

ILRF Pre-Hearing Brief Concerning Dole's Application for Increased Trade Benefits

Publication Date: 

October 3, 2008

The ILRF filed this pre-hearing brief related to the request by Dole Packaged Foods, LLC to expand the GSP preference program with the Philippines to add Pineapple Juice, not concentrated. The ILRF requests that the USTR hold open the review and defer making a decision pending resolution of the outstanding disputes between Dole Philippines (Dolefil) and local union representing its workers, AK-NAFLU-KMU (Amado Kadena), where there are still dozens of outstanding legal disputes related working conditions and freedom of association violations.

SweatFree School Uniforms Informational Packet

Publication Date: 

October 1, 2008

Youth in the 21st century are more connected to people around the world than in previous generations. Consequently, the role that youth play as consumers has dramatically changed over the years. In an effort to bring together the issues of where our products comes from and the labor rights issues associated to global supply chains, the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) has developed an opportunity for students to realize their role in ongoing globalization and the connections they have to workers around the world.

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