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News :: Globalization

Farmers Procession Sways Hearts and Minds at WTO Protests in Hong Kong

On Thursday, December 15 over 1,000 Korean farmers left Victoria Park on what started as an ordinary march.

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Announcement :: Labor & Class

Wal-Mart viewed favorably in Pew survey

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that most U.S. residents have a favorable opinion of Wal-Mart.

"Nearly every American lives near enough a Wal-Mart to shop there, and 84 percent say they have done so in the past year," the research group said. "Praise for the retailer's low prices, wide selection and convenience flow freely, and 81 percent of those with a Wal-Mart nearby say it is a good place to shop."

Wal-Mart's favorable rating places the retail chain just below McDonald's and General Motors, and above pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Pew said.

Researchers found Wal-Mart's "most faithful shoppers are found among those with annual incomes below $30,000, more than half of whom say they shop there regularly."

The survey, conducted Dec. 7-11 by phone with 1,502 adults, comes amid a multi-million-dollar union campaign to portray the world's biggest retailer, which employees 1.6 million people, as economically hurtful to communities.

WakeUpWalMart.com has mobilized hundreds of progressive Protestants and some Roman Catholics to criticize the company. The Pew survey was not funded by Wal-Mart.

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization : Labor & Class

DEADLY DUST

The Silicosis Epidemic among Guangdong Jewellery Workers and the Defects of China’s Occupational Illnesses Prevention and Compensation System

China Labour Bulletin is pleased to release today the first in a forthcoming series of English-language research reports on major issues concerning workers’ rights in China. The main focus of the new report ­– Deadly Dust – is on the case intervention work undertaken by CLB during 2004–05 to assist jewellery-processing workers who contracted chronic silicosis, an incurable disease, to win fair and appropriate compensation from their employers – mostly Hong Kong-headquartered companies. In the 100 or so cases monitored by CLB, the workers’ health tragedies were directly traceable to their employers’ disregard of China’s occupational health and safety laws and to weak or non-existent enforcement by government agencies.



The plight of these jewellery workers is alarming and deserves urgent attention from government officials in China, the international trade union movement and also multinational companies that are investing or planning to invest in China. According to the Chinese government, pneumoconiosis – of which silicosis and the “black-lung disease? that afflicts coal miners are the two most common forms – is the single most prevalent occupational illness in China today, accounting for as much as 80 percent of all cases. According to the Ministry of Health, there have been more than 580,000 cases of pneumoconiosis in China since the 1950s, and some 140,000 workers are said to have died of the disease; the current number of sufferers is reportedly 440,000.

As the same official source notes, however, owing to the widespread lack of health check-ups among Chinese workers, “Experts estimate that the actual number of cases is around ten times higher.? Moreover, “A further 10,000 or so new cases are currently emerging each year.? And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), even ten years ago the annual death toll from silicosis in China was over 24,000. All the signs indicate that, as a side effect of the country’s rapid economic development, the scale of the occupational silicosis epidemic in China is getting worse each year.



In this report, we describe seven collective cases of this type in which CLB has actively intervened. The report highlights the severe damage frequently inflicted on workers’ health by the demands and trajectory of China’s current economic development; it reveals the many pitfalls of the country’s administrative and judicial systems for those trying to uphold workers’ right to a safe working environment; and it details the daunting procedural obstacles that an occupational illness sufferer in China must surmount in order to secure compensation.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Portend: Civil Unrest

Right wing conservative ideology is founded on elitism and divisionism. Is there any doubt that John Howard’s racist immigration and refugee policies are now manifesting themselves in the Australian community as race-based divisionism and conflict?

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Prisons

Christian peacemakers demand entry to Guantanamo Bay

Twenty-five U.S. Christians ended a fifty-mile march from Santiago, Cuba to the American detention centre at Guantánamo Bay yesterday (Tuesday) where they demanded entry to the base and made a fresh appeal for the safety of the four Christian Peacemakers missing in Iraq.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Labor & Class

Al-Jazeera: Calls grow to free Iraq hostages

The Iraq Islamic party has described the hostages as "activists in a movement opposing the war in Iraq". The statement released on Saturday said: "The party calls on the captors to free them because their kidnapping is a dream opportunity for the supporters of the war against our country who say that Iraqis cannot tell the difference between those who support them and those who oppose them."

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization : International Relations : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

UE Files ILO Complaint: Complaint filed with UN Agency Accusing North Carolina of International Labor Law Violations

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) and UE Local 150, which represents thousands of public employees who work for state agencies and municipal governments in North Carolina, filed a complaint with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on December 9, 2005, charging the U.S. government and the State of North Carolina with violations of international law protecting workers' rights to association and collective bargaining. On the same day, a delegation of labor leaders from six states and three countries delivered a copy of the complaint to Governor Mike Easley.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization : International Relations : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

Union takes case against North Carolina to International Labor Organization

A labor union filed a complaint with the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday accusing the state of North Carolina of violating international labor law.

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