Blog: August 2010

Rally for Justice for Bangladesh Workers

Workers in the Bangladesh garment industry are paid 20 cents an hour and often face hazardous working conditions that have lead to the death of several workers.  Recently the government-appointed wage board raised the minimum wage for Bangladesh workers in the garment industry to $43 USD a month. Some labor unions accepted this while others were not satisfied because they had originally called for a wage of $72 USD a month.

Labor activists in Bangladesh arrested

Despite the recent wage increase of US$42 (3000 taka) per month, up from less than $1 per day, workers have been demanding at least US$72 (5000 taka) per month to simply meet the rising cost of living in these urban areas. Factories in Bangladesh supply garments for retailers such as Wal-Mart, Gap, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sears, some of the world’s most recognized brands, yet workers in Bangladesh make less than their counterparts around the world.

Ramadan Brings No Peace for Vulnerable Domestic Workers

No country in the world has formulated adequate schemes to respond to the abuse that occurs in the home toward domestic workers, but it is especially necessary to formulate laws and systems for the protection of domestic workers in countries with high levels of young migrant domestic workers.  According to the Committee for Asian Women, in their report Decent Work Deficits: The situation of domestic workers in India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines, it is estimated that there are 100,000 women domestic workers f

United Steelworkers and Los Mineros Unite in a Joint Commission to Pursue Organizing Rights

The United Steelworkers (USW) share a common vision to promote fair labor rights with Los Mineros and have been supporting their strike over the years. “We call on the U.S. Congress to halt delivery of all funding to Mexican security forces so long as they are used to attack workers who are exercising their freedom of association,” Gerard declared.

Evaluating Strategies for Combating Child Labor in India

My project has been largely focused on evaluating the newest initiative implemented by the International Labor Organization’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC) and funded by the United States Department of Labor called “Converging Against Child Labor”.  The project’s backbone is a poverty alleviation strategy.  It focuses on bringing welfare support to families so that they can improve their livelihoo

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