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Unions and brands strike an Accord to continue support for Bangladesh’s workers

29 Jun 2017, by in International

Global unions and textiles brands have announced a new version of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Safety to continue the original Accord’s work when its remit ends next year. Speaking to delegates to the OECD’s Responsible Business Conduct Forum, IndustriALL and UNIGlobal, represented by Jenny Holdcroft and Christy Hoffman, flanked by brands C&A and…




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FIFA must stop foul play in Qatar

03 Aug 2016, by in International

FIFA bought a manual on how to end human rights in its world cups, and so far it’s refusing to follow the instructions. But now fans have a chance to make FIFA play by the rules. When FIFA commissioned a UN human rights expert to advise them how to clean up world football’s act, there…




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Time (and patience) running out for agreement on global supply chains

08 Jun 2016, by in International

As the ILO debates how to improve working conditions in Global Supply Chains, Employers are resisting responsibility for malpractice in those chains and some governments are time wasting The efforts of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to prepare an effective position on tackling widespread exploitation of workers producing goods for western companies are up against…




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Workers’ rights in global supply chains debated at the ILO: fireworks predicted

30 May 2016, by in International

The question of how to better protect workers in global supply chains is dominating discussions at this year’s ILO conference in Geneva. The 105th conference session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) – the UN agency that sets international labour standards – opened today. The ILO is tripartite, so governments are accompanied by representatives of workers and…




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Is international pressure finally forcing Guatemala to act over murders of trade unionists?

11 Jun 2014, by in International

Since 2007, 68 trade unionists have been murdered in Guatemala, with the Government seemingly reluctant to bring the perpetrators to justice. Just as we launched an online action to show the Guatemalan government that we expected them to drive forward investigations into the deaths of banana union members, we’ve had potentially encouraging news in the…




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