Firestone sends memorandum to employees banning use of child labour - company faces a lawsuit in USA over alleged child labour in Liberia

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9 December 2005

Firestone Finally Bows, Takes Step Against Child Labor [Liberia]

Author: The Analyst [Liberia]

The issue of child labor and modern day slavery are two key issues allegedly practiced by the Management of the Firestone Plantations Company (FPCO) [part of Bridgestone] for which several humanitarian organizations, including the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF), recently filed a lawsuit against the company. But despite many denials of these practices, the FPCO has placed a ban on child labor practices in its operational areas.

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8 December 2005

Workers talk of hardship at Liberia's Firestone

Author: Katharine Houreld, Reuters

The International Labor Rights Fund, a non-profit group promoting fair working practices, filed a lawsuit against Firestone [Bridgestone-Firestone (part of Firestone)] in California this month alleging that poor conditions and pay on the plantation amounted to virtual slavery -- allegations the company denies.

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