A US Department of Labour report has raised significant concerns about workers' rights and labour law enforcement in Peru's textile and apparel sectors - leading to new questions regarding the labour rights record of a key member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....
It responds to claims filed by the International Labor Rights Forum, Perú Equidad and seven Peruvian worker rights organizations that allege Peru's law governing employment contracts for non-traditional export (NTE) sectors (which include agricultural products) is incompatible with freedom of association.
The Labor Department is raising significant concerns about the ability of Peruvian textile, apparel and agricultural workers to freely organize in a report released Friday. The report is a response to a complaint filed last year by Peruvian labor unions, which have accused their government of failing to comply with labor standards established under a 2009 trade agreement with the United States.
Ese escenario “alienta a las empresas que buscan socavar las libertad de asociación a no renovar los contratos cortos a los trabajadores que intentan formar o participar de un sindicato”, indicó el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., tras revisar una denuncia presentada en julio de 2015 por el International Labor Rights Forum y varias organizaciones sindicales y de derechos humanos peruanas.
While the state often fails to offer police protection to activists who have received threats, the “widely documented” corruption of police officers in Honduras discard police protection as a viable option, they highlight.
Activists even reject police protection themselves in some cases, like Nelson Geovanni Nuñez Chavez, of the Federation of Agro-Industrial Workers. Congress members suggested the U.S. embassy provide funding for private protection for Nuñez, as well as Tomas Membreño, a fellow activist at FESTAGRO.
If Trump’s candidacy for President does nothing else to benefit society, perhaps it will shine a much-needed spotlight on the exploitative practices of the modeling industry, which has long escaped regulation and relies heavily on young, female, and mostly migrant labor. Legislation that explicitly brings modeling agencies under existing employment agency laws and regulations could help ensure that modeling agencies, like Trump’s, are appropriately regulated.
In one case “14 workers on a melon plantation, which is 60%-owned by Fyffes’ subsidiary Suragroh were allegedly hospitalised after being poisoned by noxious chemicals.” The International Labour Rights Forum reports that 150 workers became sick as they were not provided with the necessary safety equipment. This is not the first time that Suragroh has violated labour rights.
THE INTERNATIONAL Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) and the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) have issued a joint report encouraging companies at all levels in the seafood supply chain to establish mechanisms that ensure workers the ability to exercise their rights.
The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) and Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) today released a joint report that documents the achievements that can be made in improving working conditions in seafood processing facilities -- if workers are able to negotiate directly with employers to resolve problems.
A group of international labor, environmental and human rights organizations, including Human Rights at Sea, has sent a letter to Karmenu Vella, the E.U. Commissioner for fisheries, maritime affairs and environment urging the Commission to to maintain pressure on Thailand on human rights abuses in the nation’s fishing industry...