Beatings & Violence
Cambodia: NGOs allege violence & illegal dismissal of unionised workers at E-Garment factory, owned by Yee Tung and supplying major intl. brands - Includes responses by C&A, Dress Barn, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, Matalan, VF Corp., Yee Tung Garment
Workers Rights Consortium & Clean Clothes Campaign, Apr 2013
Mexico: Textile workers' defender kidnapped and beaten; another activist receives death threats
Maquila Solidarity Network, 17 May 2012
Pakistan: Striking workers allegedly attacked by "armed men employed by factory owners"
Intl.Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF), 15 Nov 2011
FIDH: "Grasberg mine - PT Freeport Indonesia must respect workers’ rights"
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), 8 Nov 2011
Indonesia: Global trade union delegation urges restraint from all parties in aftermath of violence at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg mine
Intl. Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Union (ICEM), 2 Nov 2011
Kazakhstan: Strike leader attacked after police questioned him about his role in ongoing oil worker strike
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 27 Oct 2011
A Strange Case: Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States by European Multinational Corporations
Human Rights Watch, 2 Sep 2010
So. Africa: Union says members shot with rubber bullets while protesting lock-out by Ali Baba Foods – includes company response
Dominique Swartz, Food and Allied Workers Union, 7 Oct 2008
Colombia: Glencore accused of dismissing workers trying to form a union as well as two reported attempts on life of trade unionist from Glencore-licensed mine – includes company response
compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Aug 2007
Colombia: Amnesty Intl. highlights "systematic" attacks against trade unionists
Amnesty Intl. 3 Jul 2007
Philippines: Labour rights orgs. denounce police attacks on striking workers & their dismissals by factory producing clothes for Walmart
Maquila Solidarity Network, 1 Nov 2006
BusinessWeek in-depth articles on Coca-Cola's labour rights record in Colombia
Bloomberg, 23 Jan 2006
Iran: Automobile factory worker arrested on and missing since 12 April 2005, and violent attack on premises of a union
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 10 May 2005
Cambodia: Trade union repression will tarnish foreign investors' image of the country, says an ICFTU report
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 20 Apr 2005
Discrimination, violence & limited trade union rights on the menu for Australia’s workers
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 23 Sep 2002
La Colombie est l'un des endroits les plus dangereux du monde pour les syndicalistes
Amnesty Intl., 3 juillet 2007
Maroc: zéro de conduite sur toute la ligne en matière de normes du travail
Confédération internationale des syndicats libres (CISL), 13 juin 2003
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Author: Clean Clothes Campaign
In 2012, twelve workers were accused of extortion and terrorism under the Pakistani Anti-Terrorist Act for engaging in union activities. Six of them were arrested and severely tortured at a local police station in Karachi. They were later released on...
Trade unionists in Colombia are consistently subjected to violence and persecution. The latest victim at a peaceful demonstration is the president of CUT and SINTRAELECOL-Caldas, Arturo Oscar Orozco. He was brutally attacked and remains in hospital in...
Author: Maquila Solidarity Network
On May 15…four masked men in a van kidnapped worker rights defender José Enrique Morales Montaño, a member of the Worker Support Centre (CAT) in Puebla, Mexico...as he was on his way to a hearing of at the Local Conciliation and Arbitration Board...
Author: ProDesc [México]
…El 15 de mayo de 2012…cuatro personas encapuchadas…secuestraron al defensor de derechos humanos laborales José Enrique Morales Montaño, miembro del Centro de Apoyo al Trabajador (CAT)…[cuando] se dirigía a una audiencia…a propósito del trabajo que el...
Author: International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF)
The…[ITGLWF] has strongly condemned the brutal campaign waged by employers on workers and unions in Faisalabad, Pakistan…the ITGLWF’s General Secretary Klaus Priegnitz said “In July this year workers in Faisalabad were forced to go on strike to secure...
Since September 15, thousands of workers have been on strike at Grasberg, in West Papua, the world’s largest gold mine. Grasberg is exploited by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), a branch of the US-based company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. The...
Global Trade Union Delegation Urges Restraint, Good-Faith Talks to Resolve Grasberg Mine Strike [Indonesia]
Author: Intl. Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Union (ICEM)
ICEM…sent a delegation to Indonesia from 30 October to 2 November at the request of the PT Freeport Indonesia Workers’ Union...to investigate the stalemated labour dispute and strike by their mineworkers at the Grasberg mine of Freeport-McMoRan in...
Author: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
One of the leaders of a strike by oil workers in western Kazakhstan has been shot in an apparent rubber-bullet attack, the latest in a string of similar assaults on strikers or journalists covering the walkout…Estai Qarashaev…[said] he was summoned…by...
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Author: Human Rights Watch
Carta a la Fiscal General Morales...Tengo el agrado de dirigirme a Ud. con el fin de retomar el diálogo sumamente constructivo que mantuvimos...en la cual abordamos el problema de la impunidad de la violencia contra sindicalistas en Colombia.....
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