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The world political circumtances of the working class
- Is workfare never justified?
- By Bill Bartlett, contribution to a dialog on Labor-L, 16 June 1998.
Workfare uses "economic" coercion to compel work. This
economic coercion is moral in the hands of the capitalist class,
but quite wrong in the hands of workers. The idea of workfare
workers banding together in unions to press for better pay and
conditions is morally repugnant to the capitalist class, so of
course they proscribe it.
- Americans work longest hours among industrialized
- ILO News, 6 September 1999. New ILO statistical volume
highlights labour trends worldwide. The study shows that the US
pattern of increasing annual hours worked per person (an increase
of nearly 4%) runs contrary to a world-wide trend in industrialized
countries that has seen hours at work remaining steady or declining
in recent years.
- ICFTU mounting campaign against slave and forced
- ICFTU Online..., 4 October 1999. The ICFTU is developing
a campaign against the use of forced and slave labour. It
has pressed for the suspension of the EU Generalised System of
Preference in Pakistan and Burma because of the use of forced
labor in these countries.
- Bus admin course - keeping order in the workplace
- Lecture outline, 21 October 2000. Part of some lectures given to
final year business administration students at Macquarie Uni, NSW
Australia. Distinguishes direct and indirect control mechanisms,
such as culture and technology. External coercions. Natural law
in support of exploitation.
Garment industry sweatshops
- "The Global Sweatshop: Alternatives
and Resistance." New York City, Dec. 7, 1996
- Organizers' Report and Evaluation, 28 December 1996.
A one-day conference to focus on the global economic
policies (widely known as neoliberalism) that drive
workers into sweatshops, and the dynamic and creative
resistance that these policies have encountered throughout
- A Checklist for Effective Campaigning
- By Maggie Poe, Fighting the Global Sweat Shop newsletter,
Spring 1997. A list of suggestions from the National Labor
Committee (NLC), based on strategies that have worked for that
organization in its campaigns.
- High-tech capitalism reinvents the sweatshop
- Workers World, 6 November 1997. Only under capitalism
are those who toil making the garments often unable to afford
the very clothes they make. Investigations revealed child labor,
sexual harassment, long hours, wages way below legal minimums
and horribly unsafe working conditions. Companies like Nike, the
Gap and Guess? jeans have particularly been exposed for their
participation in the sweatshop scandal.
- You have a right to know about sweatshops
- By Fred Gaboury, People's Weekly World, 26 September
1998. The "People's Right to Know Campaign/Holiday Season
of Conscience," aims at exposing the location, wages and
working conditions of the foreign factories that produce the
majority of clothing sold by Wal-Mart, K-Mart and other
high-volume retail chains.
- Report Says Global Accounting Firm Overlooks
- By Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, 28
September 2000. Book offers a rare inside look at the auditing
firms that inspect overseas factories to see whether they
are sweatshops and contends that the world's largest
factory-monitoring firm does a shoddy job and overlooks many
safety and wage violations.