Gendered Injustice: The Struggle of Women Flower Workers in Colombia

Publication Date: 

April 1, 2009

This report provides an introduction to the Colombian flower industry, its exploitation of women, and the struggle of Colombian flower workers for justice, as well as what allies in the United States can do to support these workers. Its analysis is based on contributions, reports and testimonies from flower workers, trade unionists and activists, mainly in Colombia, and on a combination of independent research, public materials and company documents.

A Lipton Worker Speaks out About Disposable Jobs!

Publication Date: 

March 3, 2009

This video provides real testimony from one of Lipton's 730 temporary workers in Khanewal, Pakistan. These workers are outsourced by an agency, denied all benefits entitled to the 22 regular workers and cannot join the workers' union. Workers want Unilever (Lipton's owner) to recognize them as real employees so that they can bargain for decent work!

ILRF Testimony on Military Aid to the Philippines--House Committee on Foreign Operations

Publication Date: 

March 1, 2009

ILRF's Director of Policy submitted testimony to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Sub-Committee on State, Foreign Operations regarding the alarming reports of human rights abuses by military officials from 2001 - 2007 in the Philippines.

2009 Chocolate Company Scorecard

Publication Date: 

February 12, 2009

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This scorecard ranks major chocolate companies by their commitment to ending child labor and ensuring transparency in their cocoa supply chains. To find out the bitter, bittersweet and sweet chocolate companies, check out this guide!

Don't forget to click here to send an e-mail to the bitter companies!

Middle School Lesson Plan

Publication Date: 

February 9, 2009

This lesson plan can be used on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or any day of the year to educate students about the conditions under which their flowers are grown. Teachers can use the "flowers" case study to talk about globalization, trade and worker rights in a more general sense.