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12 December 2008

Human rights inquiry set for warehoused Asians in Iraq

Author: Adam Ashton, McClatchy Newspapers [USA]

The U.S. military and defense contractor KBR are investigating possible human-rights abuses at a compound near the Baghdad airport where a Kuwaiti company [Najlaa International Catering Services] housed about 1,000 Asian men it recruited for jobs in...

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  • Related companies: KBR
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2 December 2008

Military contractor in Iraq holds foreign workers in warehouses

Author: Adam Ashton, McClatchy Newspapers

About 1,000 Asian men who were hired by a Kuwaiti subcontractor to the U.S. military have been confined for as long as three months in windowless warehouses near the Baghdad airport without money or a place to work. Najlaa International Catering...

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  • Related companies: KBR
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2 December 2008

Suit against catering firm at Comcast Center alleges racism [USA]

Author: Valerie Russ, Philadelphia Daily News

African-American cafeteria workers employed by a London-based catering company serving the Comcast Center have filed a $200 million lawsuit alleging supervisors practiced "Jim Crow segregation" and used racist and demeaning slurs. The 11 current and...

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6 August 2008

100 Asians abandoned in Riyadh labor camp

Author: M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News

Over 100 Asian workers…said they have not been paid their salaries for several months by their employer, Al-Omrania & Al-Wagaiya Catering and Maintenance Company. Some also allege they have been held hostage against their will. “The workers, who...

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Article
9 October 2006

Outlaw Conduct by Unilever Indian Subsidiary Prompts International Union Action at OECD

Author: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

Workers at the company's [Hindustan Lever Ltd, HLL] Mumbai (Bombay) factory know the company...as a chronic violator of Indian law. HLL has been found guilty of unfair labour practices over a number of years by every court in the Indian legal system,...

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Article
27 August 2006

China: Chain restaurants in Hong Kong pay employees below living wage

Author: Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU)

[Original article in Chinese. Title translation, and following summary of the article's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.]...

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Article
12 July 2006

Child labour and cocoa: Raw materials, raw issues and progress

Author: Deborah Leipziger, managing director of the Anders & Winst Company, director of Stichting Social Accountability International, Netherlands, consultant to the International Cocoa Initiative, in Ethical Corporation

Deborah Leipziger considers a multi-stakeholder scheme – the International Cocoa Initiative – and its efforts to eliminate child labour from cocoa production...Its members include Mars, Hershey Foods, Nestlé and Cadbury-Schweppes...These companies...

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10 July 2006

InBev in the Dock at OECD: IUF Complaint Charges World's Largest Brewer with Serious Rights Violations

Author: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

The IUF on July 7 formally charged the Belgian-based global brewer InBev with violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The...formal submission...documenting repeated violations of national and international law and specific...

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4 March 2006

March 8, International Women's Day: Fight Sexual Harassment, Anti-Union Aggression at PepsiCo Poland

Author: IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations)

...[T]he case of 8 victimized women workers [at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay snack food plant in Grodziesk] – all union members – is being heard [in a Warsaw court] in an ongoing legal process. These women, who were victims of, or witnesses to, sexual...

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2 March 2006

IUF and Coca-Cola agreement to request United Nations' ILO to conduct independent investigation of Coca-Cola labour practices in Colombia

Author: IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations)

The IUF has consistently expressed serious concerns about labour relations practices in the Coca-Cola system's Colombian operations...[W]e have supported the call for an independent investigation (rather than a Coca-Cola initiated internal assessment)...

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