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2 Sep 2010

Human Rights Watch

A Strange Case: Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States by European Multinational Corporations

Europe-based companies that proclaim their adherence to international labor law and standards that are embodied in their home countries' domestic laws, and largely complied with, too often fail to live up to such commitments when they begin or take over operations in the United States, where the law is less protective of workers' freedom of association...Human Rights Watch invited all companies mentioned in the report to present their position on events recounted in the case studies....

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USA: Human Rights Watch accuses European companies of exploiting weak labour laws to prevent US employees joining unions

"Free Speech and Freedom of Association: Finding the Balance" - paper by Intl. Trade Union Confederation critiques defence of US-style anti-union campaigns by employer groups