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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), analyzes...

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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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7 June 2010

Time to defend Chinese workers' rights

Author: Li Hong, People's Daily [China]

...According to the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, a quarter of Chinese workers have not had a raise in pay in the past five years. The figure is perilously worrisome. Their harsh working conditions, low living standards and hardships in...

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Company non-response
24 March 2010

Honda did not respond to: SOMO report says top 10 auto-makers allegedly failing to address supply chain conflict minerals.

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1 February 2010

SOMO report alleging that ten largest car manufacturers do not assess use of conflict minerals and company responses

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In Feb 2010, SOMO issued a report “Driven by Corporate Social Responsibility? Top ten car manufacturers – A CSR analysis”, alleging that the ten largest car manufacturers do not consider human rights when sourcing metals. Business & Human Rights...

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