Trade and Labour

Parasites of Workers’ Sweat and Toil

Sep 18th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

Workers’ rights in Malaysia are slowly being eroded by a government that places more importance on the well being of companies and corporations, rather than workers, be it local or foreign. one such phenomenon is the rise in the practice of workers being supplied to employers by outsourcing agents and companies, whereby the supplied workers [...]

Marchers Turn up Heat over Living Costs, Housing

Sep 7th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

Thousands marched to the SAR government headquarters in Lower Albert Road on 4 September, warning of mounting social unrest if the administration fails to tackle the housing problem and spiraling inflation. The pro-government organizer, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, said up to 5,000 protesters took part in the march, which began at the Central [...]

IMF Unions Demand Fair Trade in Trans-Pacific Agreement

Sep 1st, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

IMF affiliates from countries in Asia-Pacific and the Americas met in Geneva on August 29 to discuss the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A joint trade union strategy was defined to make the creation of quality jobs and the promotion of fundamental labour standards an explicit goal of the agreement. GLOBAL: The Trans-Pacific [...]

No Chains – Second Step Forward

Jan 20th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

No Chains – Second Step Forward 22 January 2011 Bangkok/Buenos Aires Second Launch of Global Brand “No Chains” On 22 January, 2011, the ‘sweatfree’ brand No Chains will present the second group of T-shirt designs, symbolizing and calling for a world free of slave labour. The ‘second launch’ will take place in both Bangkok and [...]

Rising Labour Shortage Hits Delta Regions in China

Nov 29th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

The economy’s twin engines, the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas, are spluttering due to a shortfall of migrant workers, especially in the service and manufacturing industries, amid soaring living costs and stagnant salaries. “The labour shortage has hit customer services and the home service sectors since spring, and it is becoming more serious recently,” said [...]

Iceland ‘best country for gender equality’

Oct 12th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

Iceland remains the country that has the greatest equality between men and women, according to an annual report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). It is the second year in succession that Iceland has topped the foundation’s Global Gender Gap Report. Nordic nations dominate the top of the list of 134 countries, with Norway in [...]

FBI: 6 Accused in Forced Labour of 400 Thai Workers in US

Sep 5th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

Six recruiters were accused on September 2 of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the United States and forcing them to work, according to a federal indictment that the FBI called the largest human-trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history, The indictment alleges that the scheme was orchestrated by four employees of labor recruiting company Global Horizons Manpower [...]

Red Dust: A Documentary about Women’s Struggle for a Safe Working Place

Aug 9th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

Red cadmium dust drifted freely in China’s nickel-cadmium battery factories owned and operated by GP BATTERIES (GP), one of the world’s top battery manufacturers. Ren, a migrant worker originally from Sichuan, suffers from frequent headaches and breathing difficulties. If untreated, the cadmium poisoning can lead to kidney failure, cancer, and even death. RED DUST tells [...]

Protect Labour Rights in North and East Sri Lanka

Jun 27th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour

Representatives of labour unions in the tripartite National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) say they are concerned that labour rights could be prone to violations as Sri Lanka pushes to attract investors and industrialists to the North and East. They hope to raise this issue with the NLAC before long. There are constant violations of labour [...]

Workers Held For Protesting Against Celebrations

May 2nd, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Trade and Labour, uncategorized

Ahmedabad police on Saturday detained nearly 500 workers, mostly women, associated with the Indian Link Workers’ Union of Ahmedabad near the Majoor Mahajan office at Lal Darwaza for protesting against the Swarnim Gujarat celebrations. The police said the women workers had organised a protest against the Swarnim Gujarat celebrations alleging that the event made no [...]