Category International


Cambodian Worker Victory as a Guide to Effective Worker Protest

By Nicholas Devyatkin In a remarkable development, Cambodian workers have won back pay from Wal-Mart. Similar to their brethren in the United States, they have used direct protest action and public pressure, rather than traditional union collective bargaining, to force the hand of Wal-Mart. In September, 2012, The workers were told that the Kingsland apparel […]


Another Tough Week for Foxconn

written by Articles Editor Emily Kaiser The manufacturer under fire for a recent explosion at an Apple iPad factory now faces a new controversy: the revelation of minors working in a Chinese facility that manufactures components for Nintendo’s yet-to-be-released Wii U game console.  Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest supplier of technology products, found […]

June 12, 2012: World Day against Child Labor

Today, June 12th, 2012, is the World Day against Child Labor.  Two years ago, the international community adopted a Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016.  On this day, the International Labor Organization (ILO) advocates: Universal ratification of the ILO’s Conventions on child labor (including the Minimum Age  […]

HuffPo: Undocumented Workers Have ‘Negligible’ Impact on Wages

Hear that? That’s the sound of holes being poked in one of the most common arguments for pushing undocumented workers out of America. Undocumented workers have a “negligible impact” on the wages of documented workers that work at the same firm, according to a paper released in March by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Documented […]

Foxconn Plans Workplace Improvements in Apple Factories

Although the United States has its share of labor issues, they pale in comparison, both in number and gravity, to labor atrocities everyday in countries with fewer – or zero – protections for workers. In China, the horrible working conditions of Foxconn, a manufacturer of Apple technology, have been well documented for months. This week, […]

AFL-CIO: DOL Has Expanded Shame List of Products Made with Forced, Child Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has added three products to the list of good produced by forced labor, child labor or both. The list now includes 133 products from 71 countries, ranging from bamboo in Burma to zinc in Bolivia. Added to the list yesterday are bricks in Afghanistan and cassiterite and coltan in the Democratic […]

52 Million Mexicans Live in Poverty, Struggle for Work

112 million people are living in Mexico, and  52 million are living in poverty. This reality is one of many incentives encouraging Mexican citizens to attempt to migrate or immigrate in order to find subsistence for  themselves and their families. Historically, Mexico relied on the Hacienda system to provide agriculture work, which kept the population […]

German Workers Support American Counterparts

In an effort to improve employment conditions for T-Mobile workers, a delegation from T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, and a member of the German Parliament are in the United States to meet with American employees about T-Mobile’s anti-union tactics. Deutsche Telekom employees enjoy Germany’s traditionally higher standards for worker freedoms including worker contract negotiation power […]

Israeli General Strike Ends in Victory for Workers

This past May I packed my suitcase in preparation for a summer in Israel and was expecting to find a nation filled with tension, protests, and conflict.  In those departments, Israel was far from lacking. The streets and parks were filled with angry citizens. The grumblings of a battle had burst forth and the local […]

Apple: Foxconn, Other Suppliers’ Factories to be Audited by Fair Labor Association

Apple announced that it asked the Fair Labor Association to conduct “special voluntary audits” of several of its assembly supplier’s facilities. The Fair Labor Association will conduct an extensive review of documents related to procedures at all levels of employment, as well as interviewing thousands of workers about the factories living and working conditions. Tim […]