Petition to Remove Guatemala from the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Generalized System of Preferences (2005)

Publication Date: 

June 15, 2005
A second petition filed by WOLA and USLEAP, updating and incorporating their 2004 petition to which the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) had not yet responded, urging the USTR to review the government of Guatemala's failure to enforce its labor laws. This second petition again presents an argument that Guatemala should not remain a beneficiary of preferential trade treatment due to the labor abuses cited therein.

Asian Migrant Workers at Ramatex in Namibia

Publication Date: 

May 1, 2005

This report presents the key findings of a pilot research project on Asian migrant workers working at Ramatex, conducted from 31st August 04 to 4th October 2004. This pilot research was funded by the International Labor Rights Fund, and jointly facilitated by the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation (ITGLWF).

Wal-Mart's Pay Gap

Publication Date: 

April 15, 2005

Wal-Mart company documents released April 15 reveal that CEO H. Lee Scott, Jr., made $17,543,739 in total compensation last year – nearly twice the average of $9.6 million for leading U.S. CEOs as a whole, according to Business Week. Thomas Coughlin, the Vice Chair of the board who recently was accused by Wal-Mart officials of spending company money on personal items such as alligator skin cowboy boots, has had some of his compensation suspended, but not his $1 million-plus salary.