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28 March 2017

Bangladesh: Unsafe work conditions and child labour reported in tanneries supplying leather to western brands, companies respond

A report by Transparentem, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains, allege that hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries employing child labour supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands. The report...

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28 March 2017

Australia: Coal workers raise concerns about lack of planning by govts. & companies to protect their livelihoods in transition away from coal

Author: Gay Alcorn, Guardian (UK)

[T]he Hazelwood power station will close after 52 years...Most of the workforce will be gone too. Whatever the international urgency of climate change and the imperative to move away from burning coal, and whatever the confusion around energy policy...

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28 March 2017

Cambodia: 1 dead, 7 injured in explosion at factory of Levi's supplier

Author: Sen David and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Phonm Penh Post (Cambodia)

"Blast at Levi's supplier kills one, injures seven", 28 Mar 2017...

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28 March 2017

OECD issues guidance for institutional investors on implementing human rights due diligence

Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

"Responsible Business Conduct for Institutional Investors: Key Considerations for Due Diligence under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises", 28 March 2017...

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28 March 2017

UK: Deliveroo delivery couriers to challenge status as self-employed contractors to obtain better employment rights

Author: Sarah Butler, Guardian (UK)

"Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights", 27 Mar 2017...

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28 March 2017

USA: Court rules gay employee can sue employer for discrimination based on sexual stereotyping

Author: Larry Neumeister, AP (USA)

"Court reinstates gender discrimination lawsuit in NY", 27 Mar 2017...

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27 March 2017

USA: "Inside Alabama’s auto jobs boom: Cheap wages, little training, crushed limbs" - Bloomberg

Author: Peter Waldman, BloombergBusinessweek (USA)

[Article originally published 23 March 2017, with 13-minute audio report (scroll down to end of full article).]...

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27 March 2017

USA: Leaders of Vermont farmworker rights org. detained on immigration charges, may be deported

Author: Alessandria Schumacher, Middlebury Campus (USA)

"I.C.E. Agents Arrest and Detain Three Migrant Justice Organizers in Burlington", 22 March 2017...

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27 March 2017

Commentary: "I visited a Syrian refugee camp, & here’s what business leaders should know"

Author: John Fallon, CEO of Pearson, in Fortune (USA)

...While government leaders work towards a political solution, business leaders have a valuable role to play not only through charitable activities, but through real investments. Last September, I visited the Za’atari refugee camp in the north of...

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27 March 2017

UK: Zero hour contracts & gig economy drive rise in bullying as workers lack basic rights protection

Author: Martin Williams, Guardian (UK)

"The bullying and fear at the heart of zero-hour contracts"...

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