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World Bank loans to Uzbekistan questioned after ILO findings


A leading NGO is calling on the World Bank to suspend two loans it provided to Uzbekistan for agricultural projects after an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report found the Uzbek authorities violated their contractual commitment to it by using forced labour during the cotton picking season.

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'When We Made Mistakes in Our Sewing, They Slapped Us'

The Nation
Over two years after one of the worst industrial accidents in recent memory, Bangladesh’s garment workers are “safer” now—or so they’ve been told. So why do they still go to work afraid?
Two years after labor and industry groups brokered a hard-won pact to improve factory safety, the Bangladesh Accord, most of the industry appears to be failing basic safety benchmarks. Although the Bangladeshi government has enacted policies expanding labor oversight and facilitating unionization in factories, day-to-day working conditions remain abysmal.

Bangladeshi Workers Struggle Against Climate of Fear, Intimidation


The deadly collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory building may have sparked a flurry of fire and building-safety reforms, but garment workers continue to struggle to be heard, according to a new report by the International Labor Rights Forum, a nonprofit advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Drawing from interviews with more than 70 people, Our Voices, Our Safety: Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out depicts a “chilling web” of intimidation and violence that spans the South Asian country’s billion-dollar apparel industry.

While Women's Wallets Are Heard, Apparel Workers Are Restrained by a Web of Violence

Huffington Post
During the holiday shopping season, women's opinions matter: we account for 80% of consumer spending in the United States. A new report, Our Voices, Our Safety, published this week by my organization, the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), describes how women garment workers in Bangladesh - who account for 80% of the apparel industry workforce there - are unable to speak up at all or make their voices heard when they feel unsafe or unfairly treated.

ILRF Report Charges Workers' Rights Abuse in Bangladesh Garment Factories

Women's Wear Daily
WASHINGTON — Workers’ rights abuses persist in Bangladesh apparel factories even as international retailers and brands actively engage in instituting safety reforms following two industrial tragedies, according to a new report by the International Labor Rights Forum. 
The report, titled “Our Voices, Our Safety. Bangladeshi Workers Speak Out,” charges that a “climate of fear and intimidation” prevails in Bangladesh’s garment industry. 

ILRF Says Labor Abuses Still Rampant in Bangladesh

Sourcing Journal Online

Reform efforts have been underway in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry this year, but those efforts could prove futile if workers can't voice their ongoing concerns.

According to a new International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) report, fire, electrical, and structural safety are undoubtedly vital, but so too is hearing from workers about conditions on the job.

More Than 30 Trade Unionists Have Been Killed in Honduras Since 2009

The Nation
Honduras is a country that many Americans tend to encounter mainly in the news and the grocery store. We see headlines about the influx of migrant children at the southern US border fleeing economic and social devastation. And we enjoy the fruits of the country’s economic underdevelopment every day at grocery stores stocked with Honduran-grown bananas and coffee beans.