Job insecurity and health: A study of 16 European countries Labour's Chris Bryant calls for clampdown on exploitation of migrant workers | UK Politics | News | The Independent Labour has called for a clampdown on “unscrupulous” employers who reduce costs by exploiting migrant workers from Eastern Europe, cutting British workers out of the competition for jobs. The call by the shadow Immigration minister Chris Bryant had echoes of Gordon Brown’s ill-fated promise of “British jobs for British workers” – although Mr Bryant was careful to pitch his comments in a way that could not be interpreted as an attack on Eastern Europeans who are prepared to work for low pay. He promised that a Labour government would hand over to local government the power to enforce minimum wage legislation, and double the fines for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. His remarks were a recognition that Labour has appeared at times to ignore the fears of Britons about the impact of migrant labour at a time of high unemployment. When he came to deliver the speech, his comments about Tesco were more guarded. Mr Bryant’s speech also criticised another major employer.
Action promised to clamp down on working visas and labour hire companies following revelations of exploitation in horticulture and food processing - ABC Rural Updated The National Farmers Federation says mistreatment of workers has no place on Australian farms. Last night's ABC Four Corners program exposed extreme exploitation of working holiday visa holders on vegetable and fruit farms, and in chicken factories. The NFF says most employers do the right thing, but unscrupulous labour hire firms must be tracked and scrutinised. The NFF's Sarah McKinnon said the federation was developing a Best Practice Scheme for Agricultural Employment. "Farmers already have that obligation in some ways, because they're liable under employer sanction legislation for these breaches," she said. "But this scheme that we're proposing to develop will improve awareness of obligations and make sure that people are asking the right questions when they're hiring contractors." The Four Corners program, Slaving Away, exposed extreme exploitation of migrant workers in Australia's food industry. "It felt like we were going back in time. "The fire service has a role in this too."
Fairtrade International / About / What is Fairtrade? Not all trade is fair! Farmers and workers at the beginning of the chain don’t always get a fair share of the benefits of trade. Fairtrade enables consumers to put this right. Introducing Fairtrade What is the difference between Fair Trade and Fairtrade? Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The Charter of Fair Trade Principles In 2009, Fairtrade International along with the World Fair Trade Organization adopted the Charter of Fair Trade Principles, which provides a single international reference point for Fair Trade. You can download the principles in multiple languages below and read an introductory letter from Ian Bretman, Vice Chair of the Fairtrade International's Board of Directors. Introductory Letter from Ian Bretman (PDF in English) English/French/Dutch/German/Slovak/Spanish The Standards
Petitions delivered to NA, others, National, Phnom Penh Post Protesting unjust employment practices and rude supervisors, hundreds of workers from Bloomsfield (Cambodia) Knitters Ltd travelled to the capital from Kampong Chhnang province to petition the Ministry of Labour, the National Assembly and the German Embassy. According to Nen Sarorn, an official from the Free Trade Union, the Chinese-owned textile company sells primarily to German clients, though he declined to specify which ones. Bloomsfield workers demonstrated on Thursday, blocking National Road 5, demanding the company reinstate fired workers, dismiss two abusive administrators, stop unjustly firing workers and provide half- to full-year employment contracts. Some 500 workers on five trucks attempted to enter Phnom Penh yesterday, but only one was allowed in, Sarorn said. “More than 60 workers were allowed to bring the petition … Prek Pnov district officials did not allow all of us come into the capital because [of] public disorder,” he said.
New Delhi building collapse toll rises to five as rescuers pull body of girl from rubble Updated Rescuers in the Indian capital New Delhi have plucked the body of a girl from the ruins of a collapsed four-storey building, increasing the death toll to five. The body was discovered after workers in neon orange safety vests and hard hats used earthmoving equipment, shovels and bare hands to move mangled heaps of steel and concrete from the building that caved in late on Saturday. "The body of the small girl was pulled out from the debris," joint commissioner of New Delhi police Dependra Pathak said, adding that eight others were injured in the incident. "We've got our fingers crossed and hope there are no more bodies in the debris," he said. These buildings are really old and built by local, unqualified guys without any proper checks New Delhi police official Dependra Pathak Mr Pathak said rescue efforts would continue in the congested Vishnu Garden neighbourhood of ramshackle residential blocks in western Delhi. Topics: accidents, law-crime-and-justice, india, asia
Delhi Disaster Highlights Poor Safety Compliance | Guardian Liberty Voice The building collapse disaster in Delhi and a similar collapse near Chennai occurring on Saturday, June 28, highlight India’s record of poor compliance with safety protocols. Just weeks before the two buildings in India collapsed, The Times of India reported that fire officials in Delhi claim that as much as 40 percent of the buildings there do not meet basic fire safety standards. What is worse is that beyond regulations that deal directly with fire safety, there is no centralized body that regulates structural safety. Reports indicate that on Saturday at least 15 people were killed in the two building collapses. The first toppling was of a four-story building in New Delhi that was reported to be 50 years old. According to an article in The Times of India, local corporations, municipalities and panchayats are responsible for the issuing of building permits. The concerns over poor structural and fire safety systems in Delhi are not restricted to residences. By David Morris delhi
Cambodia shoe factory collapse kills workers Cambodian clothing industry workers have been killed in the partial collapse of the shoe factory where they worked, adding to the loss of life in the Asian industry of making garments for the west. A concrete ceiling fell in at the Wing Star Shoes plant in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh, authorities said. Police officer Khem Pannara said heavy equipment stored above may have caused the collapse. Authorities told the Associated Press that two bodies had been pulled from the wreckage and at least seven people were injured, while a union official speaking to the Reuters news agency put the death toll at six or more. "We were working normally and suddenly several pieces of brick and iron started falling on us," said an injured 25-year-old Kong Thary, recounting the scene from a nearby clinic. Pannara said it was unclear how many people remained trapped. The garment industry is Cambodia's biggest export earner.
Second Cambodian factory collapse injures 23 workers who produce clothes for H&M People watch as a roof of a relaxing shelter is lifted from the water after it collapsed behind a factory in Phnom Penh on May 20, 2013. Source: AFP A COLLAPSING structure injured 23 workers Monday at a Cambodian factory producing garments for fashion brand H&M, police said, the latest incident to raise concerns about regional industrial safety. At least 23 workers were injured at a Cambodian factory that produced western fashion on Monday, police said, the latest incident to raise concerns about industrial safety in the region. A concrete and metal shelter, where workers were resting during their lunch break, fell down in the compound of the Hong Kong Chinese-owned Top World factory located in Phnom Penh, said local police chief Hy Narin. "The shelter is old and it collapsed into the lake while the workers were having lunch there," he told AFP. "No one died but 23 workers were injured," Hy Narin said, adding that the workers were rushed to hospital for treatment.
ABCB - About the National Construction Code Refer below for an accessible version of this graphic. The National Construction Code (NCC) provides the minimum necessary requirements for safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the design and construction of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia. It is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. Volume One: pertains primarily to Class 2 to 9 buildings which are commercial, industrial and multi-residential buildings. To assist in interpreting the requirement of Volume One, the ABCB also publishes a non-mandatory Guide to Volume One. All three volumes form part of a performance-based code and are drafted in a performance format allowing a choice of Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions or flexibility to develop Alternative Solutions based on existing or new innovative building, plumbing and drainage products, systems and designs.
The economic case for ending slavery | Global Development Professionals Network $32bn (£21bn) in annual profits sounds impressive doesn't it? Who wouldn't be happy with such huge profits? The problem is, that is the estimate of how much criminals make from modern slavery every year (pdf). Instead all of us in the anti-slavery organisations must start working together to effectively make the case to governments and the private sector of the economic benefits of eliminating slavery, over and above the unarguable moral case to end this atrocity. In today's world, profit is usually a positive measure. So to associate the most egregious forms of human exploitation with profits may inadvertently conflate slavery with something good. And given the logic of basic economics, which tells us a reduction in profit is usually a bad thing, the implication could be that successful efforts to eliminate slavery-derived profits will damage the global economy. But this is not the case, and the error derives from framing the issue wrongly.
titled 17 August 2011 – Although compliance by Cambodian exporting garment factories with national and international labour standards is generally good, areas such as discrimination and occupational safety and health remain a concern, according to a new United Nations report. The report on working conditions in Cambodia’s Garment Sector was released today in the capital, Phnom Penh, by the UN International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia programme. It reflects data compiled over a six-month period from November 2010 to April 2011 from 186 of the 276 factories registered with the programme, which was set up in 2001. “Compliance levels generally remain high, although some areas of concern remain, particularly regarding discrimination, overtime, and occupational safety and health,” stated a news release issued by the programme. Monitors found no evidence of forced labour and no workers were confirmed to be below the legal working age of 15.