Briefing on Business & Freedom of Association

Garment factory - by Lowell Chow

Latest briefing: Jun 2014

Freedom of Association Briefing Note - 11 June 2014

As the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference draws to a close, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre spotlights the struggles of workers in five countries to secure freedom of association during the past year: Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Qatar and the USA. We call on governments and companies in all regions to take immediate steps to enable workers right to organise...Cambodia: A year of struggle in the garment sector...Egypt: Persecution of trade unions and denial of the right to strike...Colombia: Intimidation and killing of trade unionists...Qatar: Labour rights abuses during construction for FIFA 2022 World Cup...USA: Freedom of association abuses by European and American companies [refers to Cargill, Egyptian Propylene and Polypropylene, Suez Steel, Mondelēz, Pacific Rubiales, Ecopetrol, Prosegur, Qatar Airways, Nissan, AlliedBarton, McDonald’s, Burger King, Walmart, Noel Canning]

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“Business & Freedom of Association” - July 2013

Subjects in the briefing include abuses against trade unionists (including killings, death threats and dismissals); interference with the right to form trade unions, including union bans; interference with the right to strike; and corporate lobbying to undermine trade union rights. The briefing refers to positive steps by companies, such as entering into International Framework Agreements pledging respect for minimum labour standards in their operations around the world. It also highlights relevant lawsuits against companies in Argentina, Switzerland, Turkey and USA.

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