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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Haiti: Oxfam trains camp residents to manage water delivery

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In the camps where Oxfam works in Port-au-Prince, displaced people are beginning to pay for their own water, an important step towards empowering them to take responsibility for the resource.

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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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Jeans sandblasting and the real fashion victims

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A growing number of global denim brands have taken action to end the life threatening practise of sandblasting. But there is still a long way to go towards a global ban. Labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Benneton and Diesel are refusing to take action.

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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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WASH on film: setting the scene

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I’ve just returned from visiting tiny Pon Chea village where we began making our film about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). It’s really removed and remote, and a difficult location because the people here are so poor. However, the potential for improving people’s lives is amazing and that’s why Oxfam is here.

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Filming in Cambodia

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I’ve been working on the development of a film about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in rural Cambodia. Over the next few weeks I’ll share my experiences about the process.

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Cambodian workers sacked after asking for living wage

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More than 300 illegally dismissed Cambodian workers remain locked out of their workplaces despite official orders for their reinstatement.

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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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Working around the clock

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I’m aware that because I work the night shift the condition of my body isn’t great—I’m unfit, easily tired and frequently sick…If there were something I could wish for, it would be that the factory provides something to help us improve our nutrition, so that I can stay healthy while working night shift.

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Dengue Fever

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Before I fell ill, I hadn’t been feeling well enough to work for two or three days. But I still went to work because I wouldn’t be able to get sick leave without a certificate from the factory clinic.

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Dyeing rivers: Environmental concerns for China’s garment sector

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Investigations by environmental NGO Greenpeace East Asia have uncovered serious environmental degradation, including high concentrations of heavy metals, in Chinese manufacturing centres Xintang and Gurao.

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Rights for the hidden

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Home-based workers are the hidden seams of the garment sector; while these workers are largely invisible, many parts of the garment industry would not hold together without their contribution. Yet home-based workers are vulnerable to exploitation and economic insecurity.

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14,000 years for Sri Lankan workers to earn Nike CEO pay

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Did you know it would take the average Sri Lankan sportswear worker 14,000 years to earn the Nike CEO’s annual pay?

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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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Haiti one year on: creating jobs to help rebuild lives

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A year after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on 12 January 2010, 80% of Haitians still lack any formal employment. In this video we introduce some of the individuals we’re supporing in Haiti to help rebuild the local economy.

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31 die in Bangladesh factory fire as brands do too little, too late

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31 workers have died in another garment factory fire in Dhaka.The tragedy is not the only of its kind to impact the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh—since 2000 more than 300 workers have lost their lives in factory fires.

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From blogging to sandblasting: activist talks in Turkey

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It is day three at the Clean Clothes Forum here in Turkey. 180 activists have come to a small island called Bandirma, off the coast of Istanbul. We’re here to share ideas and information for how we can effectively support workers around the world to get a fair deal.

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Literacy…an invaluable gift unwrapped

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Whether working in a Phnom Penh garment factory or living in a remote rural village, literacy can be a ticket towards a better life.

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When disaster strikes

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At this time my country is experiencing a lot of disasters. These disasters have major impacts on communities, and place a great burden on the lives of many Indonesians.

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Rebuilding communities in Haiti: video update

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Carrefour Feuilles, in Port-au-Prince, was one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by the earthquake. In this video, Oxfam International media officer Julie Schindall talks about how Oxfam is helping members of this community to rebuild their lives.

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Labour activists jailed in Vietnam

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Last month three Vietnamese labor activists were jailed for up to 9 years after initiating strikes for better pay. Despite a difficult climate for industrial action, many Vietnamese workers have been active in advocating for improved pay and conditions.

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