Blog: November 2010

Re-examining the role of labor suppression in economic development

These arguments are based on outdated assumptions and broad generalizations about the role of labor in economic development. In fact, organized labor often plays a positive role in economic growth, undergirding greater political stability, workshop discipline, and smart growth policy contributions. Governments need to reexamine economic policies that assume a relationship between economic development and labor repression, and adjust policies to reflect current reality.

Attack on Alien Tort Statute Threatens Future of International Human Rights

The court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch, which was widely welcomed by multinationals, undermines the original 1789 law aimed at upholding universally accepted and obligatory norms of human rights. By eliminating the binding responsibility of corporations to engage in socially responsible business, it is likely to foster a culture of impunity and a lack of accountability, which in turn will seriously jeopardize the state of human rights around the world.

Bangladesh’s New Wage is Still a Poverty Wage

The agreement promises an increase from 1,662.50 taka ($24) per month to 3,000 taka ($43) per month, which may seem like a monumental increase from outside Bangladesh. But in Bangladesh, a worker with a family of average size (4.8 members) who works a typical 10 hour work day will require 11,282 taka per month just to feed herself and her family members. This excludes necessary allowances for rent, transportation, or healthcare.

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