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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Cambodian Garment Workers Die While Making Clothes for Big Brands like Old Navy and Gap

August 24, 2014 by  
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Photo by Luc Forsyth for IndustriAll Global Union Labor-rights group IndustriAll Global Union recently reported that two Cambodian garment workers have died from exhaustive working conditions–making 2014 the first year that garment workers have died on the job. The labor group blames the garment factories, which manufacture clothes for major Western brands such as Old Navy and Gap, for forcing the workers into long overtime hours for meager pay in unsafe conditions. Poor working conditions and chronic malnutrition due to “poverty pay” have also been blamed for mass faintings in the past . READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: garment worker deaths , garment workers , IndustriAll Global Union , inhuman garment worker conditions , meager pay , poverty pay

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Hunger Strike at a Garment Factory Gets Violent in Bangladesh

August 10, 2014 by  
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A hunger strike ends in violence when police fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and water canons at a protest by garment factory workers in Bangladesh this past week. The raid may have ended the 11-day strike but the fight continues on and protestors are still demanding changes from the factory. After not receiving owed salary, overtime, or a bonus for three months, the workers have been protesting to change the working conditions. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , eco-fashion news , fire , garments , human rights , hunger strike , India , police , protest , Tazreen Fashions , Tuba Group , Worker rights

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Paramilitary Troops Squash Garment Worker Protests In Bangladesh

September 28, 2013 by  
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Five months after the Rana Plaza  factory complex collapsed, killing 1,129 people, and drawing attention to unsafe working conditions that permeate the international fashion industry, Bangladeshi garment workers took to the streets in protest. The action–Bangladesh’s largest worker protest to date–was meant to communicate worker demands for a higher minimum wage. The current base wage for garment workers is 3,000 takas, about $38 per month. Such a low wage is unthinkable, especially when you consider that these workers make clothing for some of the most successful brands in the world, including  H&M ,  Walmart , and  Zara . After five days of unruly protest during which 50 people, including six policemen, were injured, Bangladesh’s government deployed paramilitary troops to drive the workers from the streets. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , fashion industry , garment workers , labor unions , military violence , minimum wage , protests , worker safety        

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Almost 2,000 Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant at Risk of Thyroid Cancer

July 22, 2013 by  
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This past December TEPCO reported to the World Health Organization that only 178 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant faced danger from radiation – however the utility now states that almost 2,000 workers are at risk of thyroid cancer. The 1,973 people were exposed to 100 millisieverts of radiation. Ten percent of the group were part of cleanup crews tasked with containing one of the worst nuclear disasters in recent history. Not all of the workers have been tested, but all are eligible for annual screenings paid for by TEPCO. Read the rest of Almost 2,000 Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant at Risk of Thyroid Cancer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fukushima daiichi , Japan , nuclear plant , radiation , robot , strontium , TEPCO , thyroid cancer , tritium        

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Why valuing your workers as assets makes financial sense

April 25, 2012 by  
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A handful of companies in high-growth Asia currently are valuing their employees as assets — rather than expenses or liabilities — and reporting on them in their financial statements.

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Disneyland Paris Will Turn Heat from Its Computers Into Energy

October 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Sean MacEntee / CC Part of the magic of Disneyland is that you never see what’s behind the “magic” – the workers in the mascot costumes, the networks of underground tunnels, and all the computers that keep everything running. But for once, it’s more interesting to see what’s going on with those computers than with Mickey and Goofy- because the heat they generate is being recovered as energy for nearby homes and offices…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Baked Eggplant Manicotti

October 11, 2011 by  
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Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch The weather outside always determines what I am willing to cook. And with the cold and rain, a full day of cooking seems like the perfect medicine (if you are me). Now, you can simplify this recipe a lot by not making the ricotta and tomato sauce from scratch. However, if you do make them, you will not regret it. Enjoy this dish with your family and friends, and a fruit-forward Merlot. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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China To Begin Additional Taxes On Fossil Fuel Production, Rare Earths Mining

October 11, 2011 by  
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It’s not exactly a carbon tax, but it’s a step in the right direction: AP reports that China will begin a nationwide tax on oil, natural gas, rare earth elements, salt, and other metals–with the estimated $615-770 million a year raised used to “help local governments pay for costly obligation imposed by Beijing to provide additional education, health and other services.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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First Takes: Unilever Gets to Zero in the UK; Schneider In, HP Out at DJSI, & More…

September 8, 2011 by  
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Unilever hits its zero-waste-to-landfill goal for its U.K. manufacturing options, American Le Mans Racing hops on the green bandwagon, and more in our morning news roundup.

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