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Cambodia: Labour rights groups point to violence against garment workers

Global clothing brands have been called upon to use their influence to achieve an end to what campaign groups describe as repression against workers involved in wage protests.

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Brazil: Samsung faces $110m claim for labour violations

Samsung is being sued by the Brazilian government over allegations of poor working conditions at its plant in the Amazon rainforest. The 5,600 workers are said to be made to work up to 15 hours a day, sometimes for extended periods with no days off.

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China: McDonald's and KFC probed over low wage accusations

The Labour Bureau in Guangdong province has begun a probe into allegations that McDonald's and KFC paid part-time employees less than the minimum wage of 7.5 yuan per hour.

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Brazil: Zara held responsible for subcontractor's sweatshop

Fashion chain Zara in being investigated by Brazil's ministry of labour following the removal of 15 workers from a factory claimed to be operating as a sweatshop. The factory was subcontracted by AHA, which is responsible for 90 percent of Zara's production in the country.

UK: Gap, Next and Marks & Spencer respond to Indian worker abuses

Major retailers Gap, Next and Marks & Spencer have responded to evidence of working rights abuses at factories in India. Workers have been forced to carry out excessive overtime with pay that is below the legal minimum wage, according to the Observer newspaper.

Rwanda: Rwacom justifies locking workers in factory overnight

According to the New Times, workers at Rwacom plastic industries have complained of poor pay and difficult working conditions where they are locked inside a warehouse for twelve hours at night. Management at the firm defended the practice saying that it was to prevent 'the theft of oil'.

Air New Zealand labelled 'flying sweatshop' over treatment of Chinese staff

Air New Zealand has been attacked for sharp differences in how its staff are paid, with Chinese crew members receiving just over a quarter of the salary of those from New Zealand.

Apple investigation into sweatshop claims 'still open'

Apple has said that, contrary to some reports, its investigation into alleged sweatshop abuses at its Foxconn Electronics supplier is still open. At the same time, Foxconn has hit back at coverage in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange strongly denying charges.

China: 30 firms in Guangdong blacklisted for defaulting on wages

Thirty companies in China's Guangdong province have found themselves on a local government blacklist for repeatedly refusing to address concerns around defaulting on workers' wages.

Apple investigating sweatshop claims on iPod

Apple Computer has said that it is investigating a UK newspaper report that claimed that workers at a Chinese factory manufacturing iPods were working 15 hour shifts for money that was half what should have been the going rate.

Bangladesh: Government aims to punish fire hazard factories

The Bangladesh government is to carry out a concerted push against factories that are flaunting safety rules following a rash of factory fires that have led to loss of life.

Australia: 27 companies face exploitation action

A Federal Court action has been launched against 27 companies accused of exploitation as anti-sweatshop protests marked Melbourne Fashion Week.

Liberia: Bridgestone / Firestone hit by rubber tappers' strike

Rubber plantation workers at Liberia's largest plantation have gone on strike over low wages and child labour. 6,000 workers at the million-acre site stopped work to demand improved pay and conditions.

China: 80 percent of private companies violate employee rights

According to a survey by the National People's Congress, four in five private companies in China have failed to sign job contracts with their employees, contrary to Chinese law.

Textiles Global Union attacks Chinese social responsibility standard

Neil Kearney, General Secretary of Textiles Global Union, said that the Chinese textiles standard CSC9000T is a watered-down version of an effective multi-stakeholder code, SA8000, which was beginning to have an impact in factories in China. Companies which support this new initiative would, he claimed, be worsening slave-like conditions of many Chinese workers.

Reebok disputes sweatshop claims

Reebok has described as 'inaccurate and unfair' accusations by the National Labor Committee that workers at its Honduras factory work in sweatshop condictions.

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