Bangladeshi garment workers speak out against intimidation and violence

January 3, 2016 by  
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A new International Labor Rights Forum report has revealed a shocking amount of abuse, intimidation, and violence faced by Bangladeshi garment workers everyday in the country’s billion-dollar apparel industry. In Our Voices, Our Safety: Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out , the nonprofit interviewed over 70 people who describe the threats on their health and livelihoods by factory managers. Many of the world’s leading apparel brands outsource work to Bangladeshi garment factories, including Gap and Walmart. READ MORE>

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California rules that Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor

June 17, 2015 by  
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Uber is well-known to city dwellers as a welcome alternative to the taxi cab – at the swipe of a smartphone, a driver magically appears to whisk riders away. While Uber may be a revolution in convenience, its labor practices are the subject of scrutiny and debate. Uber considers its drivers to be “associates,” not employees, and as such they are not entitled to benefits. This also makes the company exempt from certain labor laws and from paying social security, Medicare, and payroll taxes. However this may all change thanks to a recent California Labor Commission ruling, which declared that Uber must recognize a driver as an employee, not a contractor. Read the rest of California rules that Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apps , California labor , California Labor Commission , labor advocacy , labor rights , self-driving car , share economy , start-ups , tech bubble , Uber

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Apple Supplier Pegatron Accused of Employing Minors and Imposing Overtime

July 29, 2013 by  
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US-based non-profit China Labor Watch has just issued a report which finds that three factories making Apple products impose excessive overtime on their workers and employ minors. The advocacy group said on Monday that the plants, run by the Pegatron Group violated Apple’s own standards for workers’ rights. According to the report, 70,000 employees at the three Pegatron sites work an average of 69 hours a week, “many of whom” are minors, while some other workers are interns from vocational schools. Read the rest of Apple Supplier Pegatron Accused of Employing Minors and Imposing Overtime Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: advocacy groups , Apple facilities , Apple factory China , apple human rights , apple products , apple workers , child labor , China Labor Watch , human rights , labor exploitation , labor rights violation , labor standards China , Pegatron        

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15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

June 1, 2013 by  
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Following the deaths of 1,127 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, more than 40 of the world’s leading apparel brands have signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh . This accord holds the clothing companies legally accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in the South Asian nation. Yet dozens of apparel brands have failed to sign the accord, including a number of major US labels. Read on to see 15 of the most egregious holdouts. READY MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh , apparel workers , bangladesh safety accord , garment industry , labor rights , Rana Plaza , worker safety , workers rights        

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Chinese Government Officials

March 27, 2012 by  
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China this week meeting with Chinese government officials , seeking to clear up trademark and labor issues with the company’s second-biggest market. In recent weeks, Apple has come under fire for harsh working conditions at the infamous Foxconn factory, where most of the company’s iPhones and iPads are produced. Apple might now be considering whether to acquire its own manufacturing or research facilities in the country, according to Bloomberg News . Read the rest of Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Chinese Government Officials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple CEO , china , chinese labor , computers , foxconn , foxconn factory , gadgets , iPad , ipod , labor , labor rights , mac , macbook , smartphones , tim cook

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