In the News: Labor Rights

Creative Commons image courtesy of dctim1 on Flickr

Creative Commons image courtesy of dctim1 on Flickr

After the recent factory collapses in Bangladesh and Cambodia, global attention is finally being paid to the conditions in which many employees are subjected to work. Although the majority of the blame has fallen on the factory owners and the government officials who did not properly regulate conditions, the brands who used the factories to produce their goods are also being subjected to international scrutiny. This has led to a collective agreement among brands, retailers, and trade unions called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which will entail safety inspections of the hundreds of factories in Bangladesh and public reportings on the findings. This is a big step in the right direction to ensure safety for factory workers in these countries.

Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord: At Least 14 Major North American Retailers Decline To Sign – Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

This Huffington Post article describes some of the stipulations of the Bangladesh Safety Accord and lists some North American based retailers who have declined to sign due to working on separate initiatives they believe will improve conditions in Bangladesh.

Ethical Shopping: How the High Street Fashion Stores Rate – The Guardian (find it on the ipl2)

“In the wake of this crisis, most concerned readers want to know: which are the ethical shops on the high street? Sam Maher, of Labour Behind the Label, says “Why not reward those companies for making a step? Choose the brand that’s signed over the one that has not.” (find it on the ipl2)

“A multimedia news website covering the stories of people fighting for fundamental human and labor rights against the goliath global clothing industry.” Features a FAQ, news, campaigns, audio and video clips, a browsable archive, and related links. Sponsored by a “global alliance of clothing workers, religious leaders, and students.”

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (find it on the ipl2)

Formerly known as the National Labor Committee [NLC], the mission of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. The Institute investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world.” The site contains news, articles, reports, and more.

Sam Reiss: An Eyewitness to Labor History, 1948-1975 (find it on the ipl2)

“Often referred to as ‘labor’s photographer,’ Sam Reiss used his camera to capture historic events that shaped American labor.” This online exhibit presents Reiss’s photos of labor unions, demonstrations and rallies, labor and civil rights leaders, and related subjects. Browse by year or subject. From the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

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