October 9, 2013
Just six months after Rana Plaza building collapse and less than a year after the Tazreen factory fire, at least ten workers were killed Tuesday evening when a fire broke out at the Aswad Composit Mills garment factory in Gazipur, near Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.
October 4, 2013
Wall Street Journal and Toronto Star expose Gap sweatshop in Bangladesh.
October 3, 2013
Today, the Institute is releasing an explosive new report, "Gap and Old Navy in Bangladesh: Cheating the Poorest Workers in the World" Within a matter of hours, the Wall Street Journal will release a major article also focusing on the Next Collections sweatshop.
September 17, 2013
Thanks to your generous support, we have raised over $26,000 for the Bangladesh Injured Worker Relief Fund. So far, 396 worker families have received help.
June 24, 2013
Today marks two months since the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. Bodies, lives, hearts-broken by the quest for ever-greater corporate profits. To date, the Bangladesh Injured Worker Relief Fund has raised approximately $21,000 toward our goal of $50,000. Every penny has gone to workers in dire need. But they still need your help.
May 24, 2013
If a journalist with a hidden camera can walk into the factory and quickly document that “there was just one rickety fire escape for 400 people,” and that “many of the workers appeared to be children themselves,” how is it possible that the European labels have no idea where or how their garments are being sewn?
May 23, 2013
A CBS News crew went undercover at the Monde Apparels factory outside of Dhaka, where 1,400 workers-mostly young women, including dozens of 12-year-olds-were sewing one million boxer shorts for Wal-Mart, shirts for Wrangler and jackets for ASICS.
May 16, 2013
Injured workers speak out. "The iron bar that hit my back broke the tissue and muscle. I need further medical care. I have one sister who also works in a garment factory. I wonder if I will be able to lead a normal life," 20-year-old Jasmine Sultana told us.
May 10, 2013
Incredible news from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh today. Reshma, a woman trapped for 17 days underneath the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plana, was found and rescued alive. Death toll has reached 1040.
May 7, 2013
717 bodies have been recovered from the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building. Four hundred workers remain hospitalized. Six hundred workers have been released from the hospital. We estimate that some 200 of these workers are in need of emergency assistance.
Give. Today. For those who paid an unforgivable price for their jobs, making the clothes that we buy. Hundreds of severely injured workers have been sent home to make room for those even more severely injured. These workers are in need of care, but are being sent home with nothing ─ no medical care, no medicines, no rehabilitation, no money for food or rent. These workers and their families are in desperate need of help.
May 6, 2013
The death toll at the Rana Plaza building has reached 665 as of Monday morning U.S. Eastern Time while less than 50 percent of the rubble has been removed. Survivor, Morium Begum told us, "We demand justice as so many lives have been lost and so many others seriously injured and maimed. I wish it never happens again!"
May 5, 2013
Bangladesh death toll reaches 610 in Rana Plaza factory collapse. A widow filed murder charges. We believe this may be the first time in Bangladesh's history that factory managers have been charged with homicide for a workplace death.
20-year-old Shapla lost her left arm and sustained a serious head injury from the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. "I worked so hard to save a little money for the future of my son, for his education. Now my hope is dashed."
May 3, 2013
Death toll of Bangladesh factory has reached 511. The families of Rana Plaza workers report to a local labor union about workers accounted for, dead or still missing. The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) should be suspended until the country's garment workers have the right to freedom of association and the right to organize independent unions. Family of a missing worker, Beauty, recalls her last words: “I want to live for my kids…Save...save...save me!”
May 2, 2013
Rebeka worked for Ether Tex factory in Rana Plaza. She was trapped under the rubble with a concrete beam crushing her legs for 31.5 hours. At the age of 22, she lost her left leg and right foot.
Two U.S. clothing labels found on May 2, 2013 in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh--"School Uniform Central" and clothing for Zad Enterprises in Park City, Kansas.
May 1, 2013
Over 400 garment workers killed in Bangladesh factory collapse,
making this the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry. It does not have to be this way.
April 30, 2013
Statement by on the Rana Plaza factory collapse by Bangladeshi Labor Leader Abul Hossain, from the National Alliance for the Protection of Garment Workers.
April 29, 2013
To date, 2,370 workers escaped or have been rescued alive from Rana Plaza. Hundreds have been admitted to area hospitals. Very little hope is left that any further survivors remain.
April 26, 2013
Update on the Rana Plaza factory collapse
April 24, 2013
An eight-story building named Rana Plaza collapsed at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, killing at least 180 workers with many more workers missing and an estimated 1000 workers injured.
March 20, 2013
Today, every major newspaper across Bangladesh is dominated by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights' call for increased wages for Bangladeshi workers and respect internationally recognized labor rights.
February 25, 2013
A briefing about what the Institute has achieved in 2012 with your support.
February 19, 2013
Australia's leading current affairs program, "Sunday Night," has released a strikingly powerful and disturbing documentary following the lives of Bangladesh’s shipbreakers, who do the most dangerous job in the world.
February 5, 2013
The Institute's Director, Charles Kernaghan, contributed to the "Think Tank" column in Women’s Wear Daily, a leading newspaper in the fashion industry, regarding factory safety and labor rights.
January 30, 2013
Workers and rights groups estimate that at least 50 child workers between the ages of 10 and 15 worked at the Smart Fashion sweatshop. The National Alliance for Protection of Garment Workers and Industries in Bangladesh demands that the international buyers of garments take responsibility. Two Smart Fashion executives have been arrested by the police.
January 29, 2013
The human face of tragedy. Photos of young women and girls killed and injured in the fire at Smart Fashion in Bangladesh—and those who survived.
January 28, 2013
Two eyewitnesses described what happened when the fire broke out: "One of the gates was locked when the fire broke out. We panicked and were trying to race down from the factory, but were trapped since the gate was locked." Among those who were killed, three were teenaged girls from 15 to 17 years old. These garment workers typically work at the Smart Fashion factory from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
January 26, 2013
At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, a fire broke out at the Smart Fashion garment factory in Mohammadpur in the western part of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Until now, we know that seven women garment workers were crushed to death as workers raced to escape the fire. Two of the women killed were just teenagers.
December 19, 2012
The Institute thanks you for your support in achieving the many successes in 2012. Please continue to support the Institute in 2013!
December 17, 2012
If not the deadly fire at the Tazreen Fashion, what will be Wal-Mart’s wake-up call? How many more deaths would be enough to make investment in fire safety “financially feasible”? By way of context, take a look at some of Wal-Mart’s “numbers.”
November 30, 2012
On Saturday night, November 24, well over 112 Bangladeshi workers were burned to death, trapped in a locked sweatshop, sewing garments for Wal-Mart, Disney, Sears, Sean Combs/ENYCE, Target, and others. Sign the petition to Wal-Mart and others! Tell them: Never Again!
November 27, 2012
A senior worker—an eye witness—relates what happened at the Tazreen factory, as flames engulfed the workers, many of whom were purposefully locked in.
October 12, 2012
If you worked in Liaobu or Houje VTech companies, resigned and lost remaining wages of the last month, we want to try to help you and others get the back wages you are owed.
October 10, 2012
“Why is Bain Capital refusing to tell the truth to the American people, acknowledging that Sensata Technologies pays their young women workers in China just 99 cents to $1.35 an hour to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week?" - Charles Kernaghan, Director, Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights
September 14, 2012
There has been another fatal accident in Bangladesh’s shipbreaking yards, the eighth so far in 2012.
September 10, 2012
New York Times article "Fighting for Bangladesh Labor, and Ending Up in a Pauper's Grave." Bangladesh linked to repression and even assassination.
August 15, 2012
Workers fear that 20-year-old Ms. Nazma may have been kidnapped, raped and either murdered or sold into the sex trade. Nazma disappeared on Wednesday morning, August 8, 2012, and has not been heard from since. She sewed blue jeans for Wal-Mart.
July 31, 2012
The Institute's Director, Charles Kernaghan, testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on working conditions and worker rights in China.
July 20, 2012
Over the course of the last four-and-a-half months, significant improvements have been made in regard to respect for labor rights and working conditions at the Rosita and Megatex factories in Bangladesh. However, ongoing serious problems still need to be addressed.
July 19, 2012
15-year-old Khorshed Alam was crushed to death at 3:30 am on July 17 when a huge metal plate fell on him in the SRS Shipbreaking Yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
July 11, 2012
We have watched as VTech has repeatedly claimed to be a "responsible and caring employer wherever it operates, and this includes mainland China." Unfortunately, after another review of VTech's operations, the Institute has once again been unable to find any concrete evidence at all that VTech is a "responsible and caring employer." Here's why.
June 28, 2012
Tell AT&T, Motorola, Wal-Mart, Sony, Philips and Deutsche Telekom to stop profiting from the repression and denial of internationally recognized worker rights standards at the VTech sweatshop in China.
June 24, 2012
Telstra’s principled action may raise the bar across China, improving respect for human rights and working conditions. The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is more than willing to engage in a productive meeting with VTech representatives at any time.
June 22, 2012
VTech management should immediately commit to working with the company's major clients in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia to improve working conditions and respect for labor, human and women's rights.
June 21, 2012
500,000 workers demanding for an increase in their wages are locked out! Police fired rubber bullets at the striking workers, turned powerful water cannons on them and charged the workers, beating them with clubs.
May 23, 2012
"What does it mean if our shopping sprees rest on the misery of other human beings working in zones with no regulations, no protections, no labor laws?" Check out this song about sweatshops by Lonnie Ray Atkinson and Anitek!
May 4, 2012
On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 32-year-old Mansur Ali was crushed to death at the Sima shipyard, while dismantling a huge hydraulic door in the engine room of a ship named the Tinos.
The PBS Series Craft in America "Threads" features Terese Agnew and her marvelous work of art, Portrait of a Textile Worker. Watch preview here.
May 3, 2012
The retailers, Chinese management and the Bangladeshi authorities want to fire and get rid of the top elected union leaders at the Rosita and Megatex factories. Over 90 percent of the workforce voted for these leaders, and just last week, over 4,000 workers signed a petition demanding their reinstatement-especially for Mr. Helaluddin and Mr. Belal.
May 1, 2012
Mr. Aminul Islam, an organizer for the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity, was reported missing on April 4, 2012. He was found dead on April 5, 2012. The workers say he supported them and taught them their legal rights. They say that since his death they have "zero security."
March 28, 2012
Please help. It does not have to be this way. Write Liz Claiborne, Macy's, J.C. Penney, and Kohl's.
March 22, 2012
Megatex management unilaterally slashed the workers' wages by 20 to 47 percent!
March 14, 2012
BHS/Arcadia Group, Dressmann/Varner Group and de Bijenkorf responded to sweatshop conditions at their suppliers, Rosita and Megatex factories in Bangladesh.
Rosita and Megatex management have alerted the workers that foreign buyers may soon visit the factories and coached workers to tell monitors that everything is fine. More workers continue to be fired and work hours remain as long.
March 9, 2012
Please send a brief personal note to the retailers urging them to send senior management representatives to Bangladesh to meet with the workers and the Institute in order to guarantee that Bangladeshi labor laws and the ILO worker rights standards are finally respected.
The nearly 300 illegally fired workers pressing for reinstatement are blocked from entering the Export Processing Zone. To date, 14 elected labor leaders from the two Workers Welfare Associations have been fired from Rosita Knitwears and Megatex factories.
December 23, 2011
We would like to ask Ms. Kardashian and other celebrities: Why is it that they hide their factories in China? Why is it that they refuse to provide the American people with the names and addresses of their supplier factories? What are they afraid of?
December 19, 2011
“I challenge Hasbro’s executives to imagine their own sons and daughters working under such miserable sweatshop conditions,” said Institute director Charles Kernaghan. “It does not have to be this way.”
December 8, 2011
After the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights and the Salvadoran union FEASIES exposed serious worker rights violations at Style Avenue, the collegiate labels producing in the factory committed to an extensive remediation plan to end the violations, improve working conditions and finally bring Style Avenue into compliance with Salvadoran labor law.
November 15, 2011
Corporate greed is driving the race to the bottom in the global sweatshop economy, pitting American workers against desperately poor workers across the developing world, based on who will accept the lowest wages, least benefits and most miserable living and working conditions. Please help! Fight Back! Become a member of the Institute!
October 25, 2011
Please sign this petition to the Obama Administration to protect U.S. jobs.
October 14, 2011
Style Avenue workers confirm with 100 percent certainty that they sewed “Dallas Cowboys Football” baby creepers in July and August 2011. It would be important for the Dallas Cowboys Merchandizing Corporation to acknowledge and support the legal rights of workers sewing their garments across Central America—their right to organize independent unions and to a collective contract.
October 13, 2011
The Dallas Cowboys and Ohio State University and Wal-Mart are implicated in a sweatshop scandal, producing their licensed goods at an illegal sweatshop in El Salvador, where women are just paid pennies per garment and stripped of their rights.
October 3, 2011
Abuses of worker rights are rampant at the Chinese-owned International Business Garment Manufacturing (IBGM) plant in Jordan.
Police have forcibly entered a factory where women were on strike to protest beatings and abhorrent working and living conditions. Police tear-gassed and beat the women. The workers had tried to file an official complaint only to be denied entry at the Jordanian Labor Court. All the while, the factory where they work has been given “Gold List” status.
September 29, 2011
The U.S. and Jordan have a Free Trade Agreement contingent upon the rights of workers in Jordan to organize. Workers there are being denied both these rights and a decent human existence while the U.S. continues to send aid to Jordan.
September 15, 2011
"[...] He said, if you try to do anything now, I‘ll kill you right here. …After all the struggling, I was crying, I was crying a lot… he violated me." Anowara was raped in early June 2008 and came forward to tell the truth in August 2011.
September 14, 2011
U.S. Companies Hide Behind Jordanian Government Whitewash of Rape Allegations.
September 9, 2011
The AP articles have been widely distributed. The article was picked up by major media in the U.S. as well as media in Canada, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Germany, Bangladesh, India, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and so on.
September 8, 2011
The Director of Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Charles Kernaghan, responded to the flawed "investigation" by the National Center of Human Rights in Jordan.
September 7, 2011
According to an AP article of 7 September 2011, "Rape Case Turns Focus to Jordan's Factory Problems," the Jordanian sweatshop owner blames U.S. unions and the state of Israel for his factories' problems.
August 30, 2011
More rapists emerged at Classic Sweatshop; more trouble and abuse occurred in Jordan. Please ask Queen Rania and Princess Basma to intervene to stop the sexual abuse and gross violations.
August 6, 2011
What is it that Wal-Mart, Target, Hanes, Macy's and the other corporations cannot understand about the sexual abuse of young women at the Classic sweatshop in Jordan?
August 5, 2011
A giant whitewash is in the making. Wal-Mart, Hanes, Target, Macy's, Kohl's and Lands' End appear to be joining forces with the Jordanian Government to declare that there are no rape victims at the Classic sweatshop factory.
July 28, 2011
In addition to rape victim testimonies, the investigation at Classic must also focus on alleged accomplices as well as other evidence and the alleged serial rapist, Anil Santha, must be required to take a polygraph test.
July 22, 2011
26-year old Bangladeshi woman, “Nazma,” has found the courage to testify about how she was raped by her boss, Classic factory general manager Anil Santha, while sewing clothing for Hanes, Target, Macy's and Wal-Mart.
Read Nazma's testimony below and you will know everything about the gross human and women's rights abuses at the Classic factory.
July 14, 2011
Take a look at comments on Sri Lankan news websites to see Sri Lankans' reaction and former workers' testimonies.
July 13, 2011
June 24, 2011
Please read the testimony of "Nazma" and call Hanes. Ask them to move aggressively to remove the accused rapist Anil Santha and to make sure no young woman is every again abused in the Classic factory.
June 21, 2011
Women Transforming, an NGO in El Salvador, demands Ocean Sky management to stop threatening and verbally abuse workers.
June 20, 2011
Wall Street Journal article on the widespread sexual abuse of young woman worker at Wal-Mart and Hanes suppliers in Jordan
June 14, 2011
Three more testimonies from workers at Classic Fashion in Jordan
June 9, 2011
It appears that PR Newswire has collapsed under pressure from Wal-Mart and GAP, and is starting to take down our press release. Please tell Wal-Mart to immediately end the sexual abuse, rape, torture, and beatings of the young women guest workers at the Classic Factory in Jordan.
May 4, 2011
Workers producing for Adidas-Reebok, Puma, Gap, Columbia, Perry Ellis win major improvements following publication of
Institute/Women Transforming Report
April 18, 2011
The strike at the General Motors plant in Halol, India is now the longest strike in the last two decades in the state of Gujurat.
April 14, 2011
While General Motors workers at the Halol Factory in India are in the fourth week of their strike--fighting for basic health and safety improvements, ending the abuse of temporary workers, and the right to organize an independent union--local GM Halol management is aggressively advertizing to hire replacement workers.
April 8, 2011
Without strike fund, workers remain on strike at the GM Halol Factory in Gujurat State, India, reaching the point where their families are really hurting.
April 6, 2011
Workers manufacturing the popular GM Cruze and Aveo vehicles are paid just 47 to 92 cents an hour. Many of them suffering from permanent spinal cord injuries. This is not the General Motors we know in the United States.
March 4, 2011
Sign the petition to Ford demanding that they act now!
March 3, 2011
Please sign onto a statement we are sending to Mr. Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford. We want Ford to provide compensation of at least $72,126 for the young man whose left hand was maimed while making Ford parts.
February 26, 2011
600 flyers were distributed to Ocean Sky workers. Workers called the hotline and confirmed all the violations, harsh treatment and daily humiliations that the women workers have faced.
January 31, 2011
Management cracking down, labels conducting investigation, and the Salvadoran Ministry of Labor considering how to respond
January 24, 2011
Women at the Ocean Sky sweatshop in El Salvador are paid just eight cents for each $25 NFL T-shirt they sew. Their wages amount to just 3/10ths of one percent of the NFL shirt's retail price!
January 5, 2011
The Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights in collaboration with the Jordanian Ministry of Labor freed five guest workers who had been imprisoned under false charges while working at the Galaxy Fashion factory in the Al Hassan Industrial Park in Jordan.
December 10, 2010
On the International Human Rights Day, a group of high school students near Chicago challenge Sears to respect the rights of young workers across the developing world.
November 29, 2010
In response to an October 2010 Institute/NLC report documenting illegal sweatshop conditions at Jordan's largest garment factory, Classic Fashion Apparel, workers report some significant improvements. Classic sews garments for Wal-Mart, Hanes, Macy's and others.
Five garment workers have been imprisoned on trumped up charges. Galaxy's owner threatened all the workers to sign a clearly concocted letter insisting that Galaxy is a "good factory" and that "there are no problems." Those who refused to sign the letter would be jailed just like the other imprisoned workers.
November 24, 2010
Four workers, Rabiul, Badol, Jashim and Manik, have been arrested for protesting brutal labor conditions at Galaxy factory, which produces for Wal-Mart, Hanesbrands, Macy's, GAP/Banana Republic, and Kohl's.
An interesting exchange, including a letter we received last night from the managing director of the Galaxy Apparel factory in the Al Hassan Industrial Zone in Irbid, and the workers' response to management's claims
November 10, 2010
Please write to Wal-Mart and Hanes, urging them to meet with workers at Classic Fashion. The workers are asking representatives of Wal-Mart, Hanes and Macy's, as well as U.S. and Jordanian Government officials, to participate in a joint meeting in the Al Hassan Industrial Park in Jordan.
We suggest the U.S. and Jordan government officials, Wal-Mart, Hanesbrands and Macy's engaging in a civil dialogue with Classic workers to ensure that Classic remains a productive and successful apparel manufacturer and that labor rights are respected in Classic factory.
Indian, Nepalese and Sri Lankan workers at Classic Fashion found the monitoring report has little credibility, questioned corporate audits, and denounced violations at Classic Fashion.
Letters from Indian, Nepalese and Sri Lankan workers at Classic Fashion
Wal-Mart, Hanes, Macy’s labels sewn under illegal and abusive conditions
For nearly three years, Jordanian Government has blocked the entry of any further Bangladeshi workers in response to Bangladeshi guest workers' open denunciation of labor and human rights violations at Jordanian factories. This ban has recently partially been lifted. Young Bangladeshi women are allowed to work in the garment factories, but not men.
October 18, 2010
Charles Kernaghan testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the proposed Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.
Tim Waters, Political Director of the United Steelworkers Union, testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the proposed Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.
October 11, 2010
Mr. Montu Ghosh was released on bail, after having spent 73 days in prison.
October 6, 2010
October 4, 2010
A very important and progressive labor leader, Mr. Montu Ghosh, remains in prison for accompanying Bangladesh's 3.5 million mostly young women garment workers in their struggle for a 35 cent an hour minimum wage. Please sign a joint letter to Bangladesh's Minister of Labor.
September 28, 2010
How is this possible? The abusive sweatshop Alianza Fashion has been, at least in the past 6 months, certified by the U.S. apparel industry’s Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) program.
September 22, 2010
Workers at the Alianza Fashion factory in Guatemala, sewing clothing for Briggs New York, Sag Harbor, Fashion Bug, Alfani and JM Collection—are fired and blacklisted for daring to exercise their legal right to organize.
September 9, 2010
After nearly a month of imprisonment, Ms. Kalpona Akter, director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, Mr. Babul Akhter, director of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, and Mr. Aminul Islam organizer for BCWS's district office in Savar have been granted bail and will be released from prison tomorrow, just one day before the very important Eid Al Fitr religious holiday.
August 19, 2010
Bangladesh's garment workers are among the hardest working women and men in the world, but also the most exploited. With an hourly wage of 21 cents an hour, they earn the lowest wages in the world.
August 9, 2010
AFL-CIO and TUC in U.K. stand in solidarity with Bangladeshi garment workers in their struggle to earn higher minimum wage.
July 28, 2010
Garment workers in Bangladesh produce clothing for Wal-Mart in exchange for wages that keep them in poverty; let Wal-Mart know that these workers deserve their modest demand of a 35-cent-an-hour minimum wage, not one cent less!
June 30, 2010
June 17, 2010
Support Workers Striking Honda in China. Workers strike to win $1.34 an hour wage -and respect.
June 15, 2010
A young female Bangladeshi garment work discusses her life on a starvation wage.
Tell your family, friends and colleagues. Spread the word. Sign the petition. We can help some of the poorest workers anywhere in the world win justice. Your solidarity will only take a second- but together we can have an enormous impact!
June 10, 2010
According to Bangladesh Institute for Labor Studies, for a garment worker to live just one step past misery, she would have to earn at least 37 cents an hour.
June 9, 2010
The workers are asking for 43 cents an hour, which would allow them to climb out of misery and at least into poverty--where they could hang on by the fingertips and live with a modicum of decency.
May 4, 2010
Reebok/Adidas respond to "NFL and Reebok Fumble" report and confirm factory violations.
April 13, 2010
Producing computer mice & webcams for Microsoft, HP and other companies
March 8, 2010
Workers contradict H&M statement and demand justice.
March 5, 2010
21 Workers Die, 31 Injured in Bangladesh Factory Fire
February 11, 2010
Workers in India, including children, will die young grinding gemstones for Valentine's Day. We can make a difference: Sign the petition.
February 4, 2010
Women workers in El Salvador are forced to work so fast that they cannot get up to use the bathroom or drink water when sewing Reebok NFL Peyton Manning jerseys.
January 11, 2010
Eight more workers killed in shipbreaking yard.
December 16, 2009
A growing coalition is forming to challenge Wal-Marts punitive sick leave policies.
Walmart workers speak out.
Wal-Mart shoppers speak out about sick Wal-Mart workers and abusive Wal-Mart sick leave policy.
Wal-Mart workers: We can help you! Contact us with your stories.
October 20, 2009
Workers continue to be maimed and killed in Bangladesh's shipbreaking yards.
The International Metalworkers Federation, with 25 million members from 200 unions in 100 countries-has signed the petition to the G20 and is circulating it to their members.
October 13, 2009
Major victory at the Nicotex factory. The workers have won all of their legal rights including their right to organize. The full agreement, between factory managment, workers, and CEADEL can be seen here.
September 30, 2009
Transcripts of shipbreakers describe working and living conditions at Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards.
September 24, 2009
A gallery of the images from Bangladesh, showing the horrific conditions that these workers must work/live in and the damaging effects on the environment. (September 2009)
September 22, 2009
Two workers burned to death and three severely burned at the Kabir shipbreaking yard on September 5, 2009
September 21, 2009
An interview with workers of Lucky Shipyard, a shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh.
Interview with a worker for Lucky, a shipbreaking yard.
Demand that G20 Leaders Protect Workers not just Bankers.
August 19, 2009
Press and updates on the July 2008 report on the Israeli-owned abusive Musa garments factory in Jordan.
August 13, 2009
NLC responds to the Jordanian Ministry of Labor attempts to deny or minimize abuse of workers at the Musa factory.
Popular Israeli clothing brands are linked to an abusive Jordanian sweatshop where trafficked Bangladeshi workers are cruelly exploited.
August 10, 2009
August 10, 2009 Update: Workers continue to be genuinely excited and pleased with all the recent improvements in the R.L. Denim factory.
August 5, 2009
Honduras three principal labor centrals, CUTH, CGT and CTH have called for a national strike tomorrow, August 6, 2009.
June 30, 2009
June 30, 2009 update on the Honduras coup from the NLC office in Central America.
June 29, 2009
The military coup d'état in Honduras is a dangerous step backward for Honduras and threatens democracy across Central America.
June 29, 2009 update on the Honduras coup from the NLC office in Central America.
June 19, 2009
Metro Group Statement in German.
Metro Group's statement about putting production back in R.L. Denim.
Metro agrees to return orders to the R.L. Denim factory. This is a huge victory for workers in the developing world.
June 4, 2009
June 2, 2009
R.L. Denim factory in Bangladesh has the quickest and most serious turnaround we have seen!
May 18, 2009
NLC director Charles Kernaghan's letter to the Metro Group asking them not to cut and run from the R.L. Denim factory.
"Now that the factory has been cleaned up and conditions improved,
Why should the factory be closed?"
United Steelworkers, UNITE and Ver.di release unprecedented Joint Statement in support of R.L. Denim Workers in Bangladesh (5/18/2009)
May 11, 2009
Metro Group's response to the National Labor Committtee's report claiming human rights violations at RL Denim (5/3/2009)
May 9, 2009
NLC Director Charles Kernaghan's letter to the Metro Group CEO, asking him to stop abuse at the R.L. Denim plant in Bangladesh.
April 23, 2009
23-04-2007 La empresa Just Garments cierra en medio de abusos ¡Las trabajadoras necesitan apoyo!
March 8, 2009
National Labor Committee responds to Chi Fung Garment Factory in El Salvador about NFL/Reebok jerseys, Adidas, and Soffee.
March 6, 2009
March 6, 2009 update on the NLC's Women Exploiting Women report. The Nicotex factory management has fired nine workers for speaking out about abuse at the factory.
February 26, 2009
February 23, 2009
I write on an urgent matter, seeking your intervention and assistance regarding one of your contract factories in Guatemala—the Nicotex factory...
February 17, 2009
October 20, 2008
Letter from NLC Director Charles Kernaghan to Sirius radio star Howard Stern about the abuses suffered by Kiryung Electronics factory workers who produce Sirius satellite radios. (October 20,2008)
September 10, 2008
In a sign of good faith, the foreign guest workers at the Mediterranean factory in Jordan ended their work stoppage today and returned to the plant.
September 8, 2008
Update: Workers sewing for Hanes and Wal-mart at the Mediterranean plant in Jordan are now being starved by management and are threatened with the risk of being shot. The situation is getting desperate. (9/8/08)
September 5, 2008
Workers continue to be trafficked and subject to unfair wages, hours, and living conditions in Jordan.
August 13, 2008
Great news! Regular workers at the Kai Da factory report significant improvements in both work hours and pay. However, there is still room for improvement as temp workers still suffer grueling hours and low wages. (08/11/08)
August 11, 2008
Further disclosure on K'NEX's relationship with the Kai Da factory in Shenzhen. The International Council of Toy Industries which certified the factory apparently allows for the use of 14 year-old child laborers and prison labor. (8/11/08)
July 21, 2008
Bring a National Labor Committee Speaker to Your University or Union Conference!
July 16, 2008
Sesame Street and K'NEX Investigating Sweatshop in China
July 14, 2008
July 9, 2008
Toyota's Response to the Report for WOSU.
May 22, 2008
Model Letter to Steve Rendle, President of North Face. Urge him to respect women's and worker rights at the Youngone Factory in El Salvador.
May 12, 2008
Please make a contribution to help the people of Burma. Every dollar will go directly to the people of Burma, without a cent being siphoned off by the military dictators. (May 12, 2008)
Toyota and Suzuki continue to support the brutal Burmese dictators as Burmese citizens suffer murder, rape, and starvation.
April 3, 2008
Letter written to Jeffrey Schwartz, President and CEO of Timberland Co., by Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, and Li Qiang of China Labor Watch concerning worker abuses in Timberland's Kingmaker Factory in China. (December 2004)
NLC Alert: Jose Gilberto Soto, a trade union leader from New York/New Jersey of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters assassinated in El Salvador while there to meet with trade leaders.
March 27, 2008
Letter to Michael Eisner from the Shah Makhdum workers, who ask him not to cut and run from the Shah Makhdum sweatshop.
The following letter in support of the workers of Shah Makhdum was circulated and signed by members of Congress and presented during the Disney Corporate Shareholders' Meeting on March 19, 2003
This article contains text from a transcript of a question posed to Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, about their lack of support for Bangladeshi women in the Shah Makhdum Factory.
February 28, 2008
The improvements at the Legumex fruit and vegetable processing plant following March 18, 2007 signing of the agreement between company management, the U.S. buyer, the Center for Education and Support for Local Development (CEADEL) and the National Labor Committee have held strong.
February 15, 2008
An introduction to the private right of action, the legal basis of the the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act.
December 20, 2007
December 14, 2007
Trafficked workers suffer violence (including rape) and illegally low wages at the Classic factory in Jordan sewing clothing for Wal-Mart and other companies. (12/14/07)
December 12, 2007
December 5, 2007
Transcript of the National Labor Committee Director's discussion with Fox New's Bill O'Reilly about Victoria Secret's sweatshop in Jordan.
December 4, 2007
Violations to the rights of the workers and abuses in the STAR Factory in Honduras that produces for Nike, NFL, and Anvil.
November 29, 2007
I write to urge your immediate intervention to help resolve a crisis at the D.K. Garments factory in Irbid, Jordan, where Victoria's Secret garments are sewn...
Under enormous pressure, the workers had to call off their strike and return to work.
November 27, 2007
Union members working in the Nike and NFL clothing factory in Honduras are fired for forming a union. now they are intimidated by military and police.
November 21, 2007
NLC Director, Charles Kernaghan, releases an update on sweatshop crucifixes in Trinity Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral
November 5, 2007
Would GAP knowingly seek out 10 to 13-year-old children being held as bonded laborers in India to sew its children's line of clothing—Kids who were forced to work 16 hours a day for no wages and beaten with rubber hoses? No, of course not. But will it happen again? Yes. And it will happen to other companies as well.
November 2, 2007
A Letter from adidas to the government of El Salvador complaining of El Salvador's human rights record.
October 25, 2007
Charlie Kernaghan's testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
October 21, 2007
The Fribo factory, exporting duty-free to the U.S. under the Central America Free Trade Agreement, continues to violate every law in Guatemala, as the Guatemalan Ministry of Labor appears paralyzed and unable to move.
Wokers sweing for Briggs New york (Kellwood Corp.), United, Koret, and J.M. Collection clothing labels at the Sam Bridge factory in Guatemala suffer forced overtime, illegally low wages, and constant abuse.
October 2, 2007
Trafficked guest workers at the J.R. Textiles Factory in Jordan suffer poor working and living conditions, are cheated of their wages, and are denied residency permits. The factory sources for the Gap, Ameno, Vertigo Paris, and Yuka Paris (10/02/07)
Continuing labor rights violations and worsening conditions have reached crisis levels at two Jordanian export factories.
October 1, 2007
Urgent crisis for workers striking at the Cotton Craft Factory in Jordan's Al Tajamouat Industrial City. Workers are cut off from electricity and water. (9/22/07)
September 24, 2007
English-language translation of the yellow union certification at the KB Manufacturing plant in Granada Nicaragua. This sweatshop produces for Sears and J.C. Penney
Nicaragua Ministry of Labor's legal recognition of a union at the KB Manufacturing plant in Granada. Workers at this sweatshop sewed for Sears and J.C. Penney
Nicaragua Ministry of Labor inspectors found numerous health and safety violations at the KB Manufacturing plant. Workers at KB were sewing for Sears and J.C. Penney
Interview with workers from the Legumex frozen food processing plant in Guatemala
September 19, 2007
September 8, 2007
Foreign corporations, particularly those belonging to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai work to weaken China's human and worker rights laws.
August 1, 2007
July 1999 Update: Another Doall Worker Abused and Fired "They mistreat you for the fun of it"
July 6, 2007
Endorsements of Fribo Agreement (July 5, 2007) between Fribo workers, P.A. Group, Fribo management and NLC.
July 5, 2007
The management of the Fribo S.A. apparel factory has agreed to take all of the necessary steps to bring the factory into full compliance with Guatemalan labor law and the relevant codes of conduct on labor compliance by its U.S. customers, so that the legal rights of the workers are respected.
Daisy Fuentes and other labels to be sewn under humane conditions. July 5, 2007.
June 21, 2007
Workers Occupy Factory in Honduras, owed thousands of dollars in back wages, benefits and severance pay. June 21, 2007.
June 21, 2007 alert. Please help the Alcoa workers in Honduras who were fired for forming a union.
June 20, 2007
June 20, 2007 update
June 18, 2007
model letter to Daisy Fuentes on behalf of the Fribo workers of Guatemala sewing her label.
16 de junio de 2007
The Fribo workers drew this diagram to describe the Daisy Fuentes shirts they are currently producing. June 2007.
This worker has worked at the Fribo factory for 3 years and frequently works on the Daisy Fuentes clothing line.
The Fribo workers identified the following Wet Seal shirt styles they have made, including babydoll camis, halter tops, t-shirts, and tank tops. June 2007.
June 16, 2007
June 13, 2007
Workers badly Mistreated at the Fashion Curve plant in Jordan's Al-Tajamouat Industrial City. Workers cheated out of wages and overtime. Workers are worked until they are sick and then denied medical care. Workers call strike.
Mistreatment at the Fashion Curve plant in Jordan's Al-Tajamouat Industrial City leads to worker's death. Workers
are underpaid and cheated into paying money for free visas. Overtime is forced and not compensated. (06/08/07)
Mistreatment at the Fashion Curve plant in Jordan's Al-Tajamouat Industrial City leads to worker's death. Workers there are underpaid and cheated into paying money for free visas. Overtime is forced and not compensated. (06/11/07)
June 11, 2007
Mistreatment at the Fashion Curve plant in Jordan's Al-Tajamouat Industrial City leads to worker's death. Workers are cut off from electricity and food.
June 7, 2007
Salvadoran organizations continue to fight for the Just Garments workers. This letter from them is a call for others to help. June 6, 2007.
June 4, 2007
Workers at Cotton Craft factory in Jordan have not been paid for the past 3 months. June 2, 2007 update.
June 1, 2007
June 1, 2007 NLC memo to contacts regarding The Salt Lake Tribune article discussing free trade agreements and the anti-sweatshop legislation. (06/01/07)
Alert on conditions at the Central Clothing factory in Jordan where Bangladeshi guest workers sew. After being denied medical attention, one worker died.
Alert on brutal conditions at the Concord Garments factory in Jordan where Bangladeshi guest workers are sewing for Kohl's and Target.
Alert on conditions at the Fashion Curve factory in Jordan. Bangladeshi guest workers have been locked in their dorms.
Alert on forcible deportations and abandonment of sick workers at the Group Talent factory in Jordan. Bangladeshi guest workers are sewing for Foot Locker, Oxford and Dress Barn.
Despite significant progress, serious violations continue in some of Jordan's garment factories which are exporting duty-free under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.
May 21, 2007
Campaign page for the NLC's auto parts series reports. 2005.
May 11, 2007
San Salvador, 8 de mayo 2007.
May 9, 2007
Salvadoran NGO statement on the Just Garments situation. May 9, 2007.
Atateks responds to NLC report (05/09/07)
May 3, 2007
Lists current members of the Senate, how they stand on The Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act and if they voted for the Dog and Cat Act of 2000.
April 26, 2007
26 de April 2007
Interviews of the Just Garments workers conducted by the Human Rights Institute of the University of Central America. April 26, 2007.
April 24, 2007
April 24, 2007 Urgent Alert: Workers need help after a supposed "sweat free" factory in El Salvador closes
April 4, 2007
The Norwegian Government's pension fund, with $285 billion in holdings, is dropping Wal-Mart--the world's largest retailer--from its fund due to the use of child labor and systematic sweatshop abuses in its huge global supply chain.
March 30, 2007
Anti-sweatshop legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Congress which will prohibit the import, export or sale of sweatshop goods in the U.S.
March 18, 2007
The agreement reached between Legumex management and CEADEL, March 18, 2007.
March 17, 2007
Major breakthrough at the Legumex factory in Guatemala. March 18, 2007
February 27, 2007
Interview with Sonia, a 16-year old worker at the Legumex (Tierra Fria) frozen food processing factory in Guatemala.
February 25, 2007
Interview with Gladis, a young worker at the Legumex (Tierra Fria) frozen food processing plant in Guatemala
February 24, 2007
Interview with a young worker at the Legumex (Tierra Fria) frozen food processing factory in Guatemala.
February 23, 2007
Interview with a young worker at the Legumex (Tierra Fria) frozen food processing plant in Guatemala
Interview with Maria, a young worker at the Legumex (Tierra Fria) frozen food processing factory in Guatemala.
February 14, 2007
US Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Foreign Sweatshops
By Deborah Tate, Voice of America.
February 5, 2007
December 19, 2006
NLC update on child labor at the Harvest Rich Factory in Bangladesh
December 18, 2006
How could so many companies, for so many years, get everything so wrong?
December 11, 2006
List of U.S. Representatives, where they stand on The Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act and how they voted on The Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000
December 8, 2006
British human rights group reports Wal-Mart and Tesco sweatshops in Bangladesh. December 8, 2006.
November 29, 2006
Fifty under-aged teenage workers who sewed Tesco garments at the Evitex Apparel factory in Bangladesh have been exploited, lied to, and now fired and thrown out of the factory with nothing.
November 17, 2006
An update on the situation at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh where children make clothing for Wal-Mart and Hanes.
October 24, 2006
Write a letter to Hanes, Wal-Mart, Puma and J.C. Penney. Tell them to send the children at Harvest Rich to school.
October 5, 2006
Human trafficking of foreign guest workers continues at the Golden Finger factory in Jordan.
September 28, 2006
Translation of the flyer given to Bengali workers in Jordan, informing them of their legal rights
September 27, 2006
Overall, progress continues, but serious cases of human trafficking and wage and hour violations persist.
A number of factories in Jordan have recently been forcibly deporting workers who have done nothing but ask for their rights.
September 19, 2006
After hundreds of workers camped out in front of the Quality factory in El Salvador, an agreement has been reached with management. This comes after a month of actions, including holding vigil outside the factory and blocking roads. The factory sews school uniforms for Elderwear, most notably the Tom Sawyer label.
September 13, 2006
Interview with a 14 year-old boy in Bangladesh making clothing at the Harvest Rich factory for Hanes and PUMA.
Leading members of the House Ways and Means Committee wrote to the US Trade Representative as well as the Secretary of State requesting that the Bush administration investigate NLC claims of abuse in Jordan
September 12, 2006
Transcript of NLC interview with a child worker making Hanes clothing at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh (2006).
September 11, 2006
Interview with 11 year-old Halima, who sews clothing for Hanes at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh
September 9, 2006
NLC interview with workers, including two child workers, from the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh
August 25, 2006
Support for the anti-sweatshop bill continues to grow.
August 15, 2006
A model letter to the CEO to Yazaki North concerning the treatment of workers at the Arnecom plant in Nicaragua.
A model letter to the Ambassador to Nicaragua concerning the plight of the workers at the Arnecom plant.
August 11, 2006
The fire at the KTS factory in Bangladesh killed at least 84 people. Write a letter to the U.S. companies who buy from KTS.
July 17, 2006
A Harris Poll finds that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of legislation protecting workers' rights globally.
While there are concrete improvements in some factories in Jordan, there have also been setbacks. (07/17/06)
-Forced to work 16 to 17 hours a day without wages;
-On Sunday, July 16, police allegedly beat men and women workers;
-Owner has hired gang members to threaten the workers;
-Workers asking for their wages or speaking with outsiders will be beaten and forcibly deported;
-Food and water have been cut off;
-Workers are terrified and begging for help.
July 14, 2006
After the NLC's report came out, a number of people wrote L.L. Bean to express their concern and L.L. Bean wrote back. This is their letter and our response.
The Maintrend Factory in Jordan produces for L.L. Bean and Thalia Sodi. The piece also discusses legislation banning the sale of sweatshop-made goods. (06/26/06)
July 13, 2006
This is a transcript of an interview taped in Dhaka of two workers forcibly deported from the Saidan factory in Jordan for daring to speak to an NLC delegation. (06/01/06)
July 12, 2006
June 26, 2006
June 14, 2006
Spotlight on the 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report, Forced Labor and Sex Trafficking at the World Cup.
May 18, 2006
The NLC meets with workers and organizations to continue to fight for better factory conditions in Jordan.
May 5, 2006
"US Government Asked to Investigate Allegations"
July 15, 2005
An update on the situation at an Arnecom auto plant in Nicaragua.
July 2, 2005
Alcoa Pits Auto Parts Workers in Mexico
Against Its Employees in Honduras. July 2005.
June 20, 2005
Reporters took a men's longsleeved denim shirt, size Large, to Bangladesh to see what price the factories there would give to make the shirt. The results are surprising.
June 1, 2005
Former Wal-Mart employee, Jim Bill, was fired after telling the truth about horrible conditions in Wal-Mart factories. (June 2005).
March 1, 2005
The Bohai factory, a joint venture between Alcoa and a Chinese military general, is a well-run prison. July 2002, updated March 2005
September 26, 2004
In 2004 three workers came the U.S. to give a speaking tour about conditions they faced in factories in Bangladesh.
August 31, 2004
Letter from the National Labor Committee to Mr. Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO of PUMA in response to the report written jointly by the National Labor Committee and China Labor Watch about Chinese workers making PUMA sneakers.
February 4, 2004
Action Materials for the 2004 Maternity Leave Campaign
December 17, 2003
An update on the SETISA factory in Honduras producing Rocawear and Sean John clothing. Improvements are being implemented. December 17, 2003.
October 1, 2003
The testimony of a worker making Sean John (P-Diddy's line of clothing) discusses her working conditions.
September 4, 2003
Now that Disney's contractor, the Shah Makhdum sweatshop has been cleaned up, Disney refuses to put production back in. (September 2003)
March 1, 2003
Sweatshop owner in American Samoa producing for Wal-Mart, Target and other U.S. retailers has been convicted of Human Trafficking and holding more than 200 workers under conditions of "involuntary servitude." Mr. Kil Soo Lee is facing life in prison.
February 1, 2003
Union wins model agreement at the Mil Colores factory!
July 1, 2001
Report on the Independent Monitoring Group of El Salvador (GMIES) investigation of Liz Claiborne production at the Doall factories. 2001.
June 20, 2001
Daewoosa's owner, Mr. Kil-Soo Lee, was arrested by two FBI agents on March 23, and imprisoned on charges of violating U.S. involuntary servitude and forced labor statutes.
May 1, 2001
Cost of living data from an interview with a worker at Apple Tree factory, El Salvador
March 17, 2001
March 17, 2001 update on human trafficking at Daewoosa in America Samoa. FBI investigates.
October 3, 2000
Noting the labor rights situation at Chentex factory in Nicaragua, the U.S. Trade Representative asks the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua to convene bilateral consultation regarding labor rights issues under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA).
July 18, 2000
This legislation sets precedent for the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (S.367 and H.R.1992)
February 11, 2000
Grassroots international pressure and the victories of the student movement have helped win the reinstatement of 30 workers illegally fired from the Doall factory in El Salvador, where they sewed clothing for Liz Claiborne, Leslie Fay and Perry Ellis.
September 20, 1999
September 17, 1999
July 1, 1999
The Doall Factory #2 currently produces men's and women's dress jackets and pants under contract with Liz Clairborne, Perry Ellis, and Robyn.
April 7, 1998
An update to the NLC 1998 China report
January 29, 1998
Bold strike leads to victory
July 28, 1997
May 26, 1996
May 3, 1996
The Mandarin factory in El Salvador becomes the first maquila to allow independent monitoring. May 3, 1996.
April 29, 1996
December 15, 1995
After a long campaign involving a GAP sweatshop scandal in El Salvador, GAP finally agrees to independent monitoring.
November 21, 1995
GAP pulls out of El Salvador, taking away jobs the workers need, after abuses surface at its Mandarin plant.
November 6, 1995
October 18, 1995
NLC report on the GAP's role in covering up human rights violations at the Mandarin factory in El Salvador.
October 1, 1995
The Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador and the Salvadoran Government Human Rights Office document abuses at the Mandarin plant producing for the GAP.
June 28, 1995
Update on the situation at the Mandarin factory in El Salvador where repressed workers are making clothes for the GAP, Eddie Bauer, J.C. Penney and Dayton-Hudson.
May 18, 1995
NLC action alert on the repression of rights at the Mandarin factory in El Salvador producing for The GAP, J.C. Penney, Eddie Bauer and Dayton-Hudson.
Thousands of garment workers at Next Collections factory in Bangladesh work well past 10 p.m. every day ─ sometimes until 5 a.m. ─ making children's skinny jeans and jeggings for Gap Inc.'s Old Navy stores. Please help!
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Thousands of garment workers at Next Collections factory in Bangladesh work well past 10 p.m. every day ─ sometimes until 5 a.m. ─ making children's skinny jeans and jeggings for Gap Inc.'s Old Navy stores.
Multinational corporations like Lear, Hyundai and Kia walk off with millions in tax breaks, while Honduras workers earn just 99 cents an hour, racing backward into misery.
Chinese teenagers toil excessive hours for poverty wages as they manufacture the Microsoft peripherals we use.