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The Sour Taste of Pineapple

Publication Date: 

October 20, 2008

Since the 1960’s, pineapple production has quadrupled and export has tripled worldwide. While profits for some have tremendously expanded under such development, this report demonstrates how pineapple workers, their families and communities, and the environment in the largest pineapple producing nations have not enjoyed the benefits of such growth.

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.

Sweatshop Solutions?

Publication Date: 

October 10, 2008

This is an account of a particularly abusive factory in Bangladesh which produces children’s wear, primarily for Wal-Mart. It reveals how one of the world’s most powerful companies is influencing lives and working conditions in one of the poorest countries in the world.

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.