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Call on Original Marines to end intimidation of factory workers

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Original Marines is facing international criticism for its ongoing failure to respect and uphold the rights of women and men making its products in Indonesia. Although the iconic Italian company claims to have ‘always helped families’, this has not been the experience of the families of workers who lost their jobs trying to improve working […]

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Nestle – Not so pure

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Nestle claims to endorse the pure life, but dirty practices continue at the factories that produce its products Almost 10,000 people have joined the campaign to get Nestle to respect trade union rights in Indonesia. The IUF began the online campaign after 53 union members at the company’s factory in Panjang, Indonesia were fired as […]

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Make IT Fair

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The Make IT Fair campaign, together with GoodElectronics, is putting the pressure on big IT companies like Apple and Samsung to give a fair deal to the people that make their products. Apple is now the world’s largest corporation, valued at more than half a trillion US dollars. Workers in factories that manufacture Apple products, […]

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Wal-Mart receives wooden spoon on workers’ rights

The International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) has released its latest Working for scrooge report, which exposes companies with some of the worst records on respecting freedom of association in 2011. Four companies were singled out for individual scrutiny because of their poor labour practices. Culprits include the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable producer, Dole […]

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Protocol shows promising signs for workers in Indonesia

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The region’s first Freedom of Association Protocol is showing promising signs for factory workers in Indonesia.

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2011: a busy year for all

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It has been a busy year for the Oxfam labour rights team and our supporters who have contributed to supporting labour rights throughout the past 12 months. Thank you for all of your support! We have been part of some great campaign achievements through this year. Here are a few: Historic protocol seeks to protect […]

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Life is bittersweet for Nestle workers

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The Nescafe factory in Panjang, Indonesia, has fired almost two thirds of the SBNIB union membership. According to the IUF the workers were fired after a breakdown in negotiations over wages. The Nescafe workers had struggled for five years before finally gaining recognition for their independent trade union in March this year. After such a […]

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Women Inspiring Change

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More than 5 million Indonesian women work in factories. Their wages are very low and they receive 30% less than their male counterparts. But many are actively trying to change this situation…

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Sneaky Business marches through Indonesia

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More than 240 people from around the world have joined Sneaky Business—an online march to demand workers’ rights in the footwear industry.

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Sneaky Business: Support Footwear Workers' Rights

Sneaky Business Toolkit

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Want to help promote a new global action in support of workers’ rights? The Sneaky Business toolkit provides you with everything you need.

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Abuse part of daily bread for Converse workers

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Women making Converse sneakers at the Pou Chen Group factory in Sukabumi have been kicked, slapped and taunted by their supervisors.

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My thoughts on democracy and protest

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As workers, getting our message or opinion across to multinational corporations can be difficult. This is what makes the role of protests so important…

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Sri Lankan garment industry struggles to attract women workers

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As Sri Lankan apparel firms prepare to spend 55 million rupee ($492,061.24 AUD) on a public relations campaign to attract more female workers, union leaders argue that ensuring better working conditions is the best way to improve sector’s image.

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Time for action! Oxfam delivers your messages to The Just Group

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In December last year Herald Sun investigations confirmed that home-based workers in Australia who sew labels such as Portmans and Jacqui-E work under poor conditions with wages as little as $2 an hour.

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2011 Labour Video Competition

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Have you seen a film that has inspired you to support labour rights? LabourStart’s second Labour Video of the Year competition is now open for nominations.

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Domestic worker rights: Dignity overdue

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Domestic workers are among the most exploited workers in the world. According to human rights and labour organisations, action to support domestic workers rights is well and truly overdue.

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What women want? The voice of women workers at the UN

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Union delegates at the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women report that while increasing numbers of women are participating in tertiary level science and technology education, this has not translated into equal career opportunities or equal pay.

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Strong women, extraordinary challenges

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As a migrant worker Nining was under pressure to survive in her new environment as well as to provide support to her parents and family back home. At the same time, Nining could not stand the way that workers were treated and exploited within the factory.

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Working women with families

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Another friend of mine recently became a single parent. Her baby is less than a year old, but her husband deserted both of them. To get by as a single mother she works full time at the footwear factory.

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Bangladeshi union leader illegally detained, in ill-health

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At 1:15 am on December 14 last year, twelve plain-clothed officers arrived at the home of Mashrefa Mishu, Garment Workers Unity Forum President and long time human rights activist.

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Mexican labour activists face violent threats

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A series of threats targeting Mexican labour advocates have prompted an urgent international response calling for the protection of their lives.

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Cambodian labour activist arrested

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There is increasing concern for the human rights of Cambodian labour activists following the recent arrest of Phnom Penh based union leader, Sous Chantha.

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