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Migrant Fishers Bring Call for Labor Rights to Boston Seafood Expo


For Immediate Release

Boston - Boston fishing and labor advocates, teachers and community members today joined Taiwan’s migrant fishers at the Seafood Expo North America to call on big seafood brands to take responsibility for their supply chains and ensure fishers’ fundamental labor rights at sea. 

Fishers spoke out about the Wi-Fi Now for Fishers’ Rights at Sea campaign and why having Wi-Fi communication is vital to protecting their rights. 

REPORT: Big Fashion Founding Families, Investors Cash In On Wage Theft

Asian Unions and Allies Launch Campaign to Stop Nike, Levi’s and VF Corp. From Funneling Stolen Pandemic Wages toward Buybacks that Enriched Owners, Wall Street

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As VP Harris hosts the Central America Forward Launch Event, GLJ-ILRF calls on Biden Administration to Prioritize Decent Work


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Washington- Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) today called on the Biden Administration to prioritize labor rights and decent work and assure that all investments they coordinate in Central America advance the rights and opportunities of all workers.

U.S. Recognizes Labor Agreement in Decision to End Forced Labor Import Ban of Indian Garment Maker Natchi Apparels

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Lifted Ban After GLJ-ILRF Provided Evidence of the Effectiveness of New Accord for Workers’ Rights

Washington – Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) today welcomed U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) removal of Indian garment maker Natchi Apparel (owned by Eastman Exports) from its list of manufacturers banned from importing into the US for using forced labor.

GLJ-ILRF Condemns Fruit Giant Fyffe’s For Abandoning Human and Labor Rights Agreement in Honduras

After 3 years of negotiations, Fyffes refuses to sign the agreement recognizing international labor standards for up to 6,500 Honduran melon pickers.

Washington - Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) today condemned multinational fruit giant Fyffes for walking away from an international labor standards agreement with Honduran workers and their union after three years of bargaining. 

Global Coalition Calls for Concrete Steps on UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Uyghur Region, Urges Companies to Eliminate Supply Chain Ties to Forced Labour

Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region calls on corporations, governments, multilateral bodies to take swift action in response to UN report’s findings 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2022
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REPORT: Qatar Hotels Hosting Teams & Fans at World Cup Exploited and Abused Migrant Workers

‘We Work Like Robots’ details workers’ stories of wage theft, discrimination, dangerous conditions and gender-based violence and harassment at 32 FIFA partner hotels employing an estimated 10,000 workers.

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For nine months, we were made to work for more than 12 hours a day, without a day off. In order to keep our hours hidden, we were prevented from clocking in and clocking out. I was on the verge of going insane,”  said an Indian worker at the Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence, Doha, a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 partner hotel.


Seafood Labor Activists Blast US for Thailand, Taiwan Rankings in TIP Report That Give a Pass to Widespread Worker Abuses

The Groups Say Thailand Should Have Remained on Tier 2 Watchlist and Taiwan Downgraded to Tier 2

Washington D.C. – Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) and allies in the Seafood Working Group (SWG) today said the U.S. government has given a pass to Thailand and Taiwan on widespread abuses in the countries’ fishing and seafood processing sectors by upgrading them in its latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Commerce Dept. Sanctions Against Luxury Shirt Maker With Mill in Uyghur Region

Ruling Upholds Government’s Right to Use Entity List to Combat Forced Labor

Washington D.C. – Global Labor Justice- International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) today said the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals correctly ruled that Changji Esquel, a subsidiary of luxury shirt maker Esquel Group that runs a spinning mill in the Uyghur Region, should stay on the Commerce Department’s Entity List.