In the News

U.S. ignores abuse of Chinese workers

Buffalo News
12/18/2006

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When I asked Fisher-Price Toys, owned by Mattel, about a recent riot at a Chinese plant where Mattel toys are made, Fisher-Price shunted that and other questions to Mattel headquarters.

Mattel responded with an e-mail listing a number of purportedly do-good organizations it joined or helped found in countries like China.  

Included in the list are Business for Social Responsibility, Governance Metrics International, FTSE4Good and Domini 400 Socially Responsible Investment.

Steamed Over Sweatshops; Our probe of Chinese working conditions unleashes fury -- and ideas for reform

Business News
12/18/2006

Many major American retail chains and brand-name manufacturers have
answered criticism that they exploit "sweatshop" labor by adopting codes
of conduct and on-site monitoring of their Chinese suppliers. But a
BusinessWeek investigation found that in China, many factories have just
improved their skill at concealing abuses. Our Nov. 27 Cover Story,
"Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops," revealed that numerous Chinese
factories keep fake books to fool outside inspectors and distribute

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

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.

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.

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