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14 March 2011

Japan earthquake & tsunami - company contributions to humanitarian aid

Author: Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

These are examples of significant company contributions through 16 Mar; not a comprehensive list. [refers to: Abbot, Abbott and Abbott, Aflac, American Airlines, American Eagle, American Express, Amgen, AMR, Amway, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America,...

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7 March 2011

Collective bargaining nets Honda workers in Foshan a 611 yuan increase in pay for 2011 [China]

Author: China Labour Bulletin [Hong Kong]

Workers at the Nanhai Honda automotive components plant... who won a 500 yuan per month pay increase after going out on strike last year, have gained an additional 611 yuan a month increase this year through peaceful collective bargaining...The...

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12 January 2011

U.A.W. to Renew Organizing Efforts at Foreign-Owned Plants [USA]

Author: Nick Bunkley, New York Times

The United Automobile Workers union this year is renewing its effort to organize workers at plants that foreign automakers operate in the United States and will portray companies that resist as “human rights violators,” the union’s president said...

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19 November 2010

Wages, conditions improve as workers in China form unions

Author: Kathy Chu and Michelle Yun, USA Today

…Lan Yimin represents the new generation of Chinese factory workers…While she's following in her parents' footsteps on the assembly line, unlike them, she's less willing to…toil away for meager pay and benefits. She has more job options and better...

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31 August 2010

[PDF] Carbon Disclosure Project 2010 Global 500 Report

Author: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Carbon Disclosure Project

In 2010, the CDP asked the world’s 500 largest public companies in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series...to demonstrate that they are taking action on climate change. This report, prepared by CDP’s global adviser, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC),...

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17 August 2010

Chinese labour disputes have silver lining

Author: Jing Ulrich, Financial Times

China’s large coastal manufacturing hubs have...been the production base of choice…But...with a strengthening renminbi...government action to curb pollution and…an upsurge of labour disputes...[c]ompanies that traditionally relied on China as a source...

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4 August 2010

China’s trade union: Where to now?

Author: Poland Li, CSR Asia

According to article 2 of the Trade Union Law of the People’s Republic of China…“[t]rade unions are mass organisations formed by the working classes of their own free will. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions…shall represent the interests of the...

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5 July 2010

Special Report: China's new migrant workers pushing the line

Author: James Pomfret and Kelvin Soh, Reuters

…China may be "the workshop of the world", but young rural migrant workers…are less accepting than their parents were of life in the factories -- low pay, grueling hours, and sometimes martial workplace rules…Workers have been far more aggressive,...

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10 June 2010

A Labor Movement Stirs in China

Author: Keith Bradsher, New York Times

Striking workers at a Honda auto parts plant here are demanding the right to form their own labor union, something officially forbidden in China, and held a protest march Friday morning... A near doubling of wages is the primary goal of the...strike...

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9 June 2010

Worker Strikes Sweep Across China

Author: Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times

The employee strike at Honda’s Foshan factory…which halted car production…highlighted a wave of similar protests sweeping across China. The two-week-long strike was called off…when workers agreed to a new pay offer, but protests against low wages and...

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