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- More accusations against Nike
- From ICFTU OnLine, 30 April 1997.
Working conditions at Nike plants in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Jakarta workers demand the minimum wage. Serious violations
of workers' rights at Nike plant in Vietnam.
- Labor protests continue at Nike factories
- From the Campaign for Labor Rights newsletter, 2 May 1997.
Workers strike at a Nike factory in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Nike's workers have yet to benefit from the task force agreement.
The Nike campaign.
- Asian Nike Workers Strike Over Pay
- AP, 26 April 1997. Second strike this month in Indonesia over
wages at a Nike contractor. In southern Vietnam, workers unhappy
with their contract staged a one-day walkout at a Nike factory
in one of the largest strikes in the country's recent history.
There was no apparent connection with worker protest at a
- Thailand expels foreign workers to open up jobs
- By Alex Spillius, The Daily Telegraph,
20 January 1998. Thailand and Malaysia are planning to repatriate
up to two million illegal foreign workers to safeguard jobs for
their own nationals who are unemployed because of the regional
- More foreign workers join sex industry as fewer
Thai girls enter flesh trade
- By Poona Antaseeda, Bangkok Post, 24
November 1997. War and poverty are bringing more and more
girls from abroad into the Thai sex industry. Girls from
Burma and China, aged 12-18, are more in demand since Thai
girls from the North have been persuaded not to join the
- Women Workers are Last In, First Out
- By Prangtip Daorueng and Kafil Yamin, IPS, 30 April 1998.
South-east Asia's growth over the decades has drawn many
women into the labour force, but they now find themselves
the first to be laid off. Most work in textiles, food processing,
and electronics - pillars of the export industries that have
been undercut by the economic crisis. A growing number of women are
forced to look for poorly paid, informal work to survive
or even turn to the sex industry for work.
- Thailand Cancels Union Conference
- By Patrick Mcdowell, Associated Press, 21 May 21 1999.
Thai officials withdraw permission for the Singapore-based
ICFTU-Asia and Pacific Regional Organizations conference to
discuss forced labor and democracy in neighboring Myanmar.
Members of the Myanmar pro-democracy movement were invited
- HIV Risk High Among Refugees in Myanmar, Thailand
- By Meg Bryant, Reuters, 7 December 2000. A survey of migrant
workers living along the Thai/Myanmar border reveals major
differences between that group and the much better publicized
and better serviced refugee population that is officially
recognized in border camps.
- Flow of workers within Asean: MTUC wants matter to
be handled at govt level
- The Straits Times, 28 December 2000.
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) says The migration
of workers within the ASEAN countries should be carried out on
a government-to-government basis and not through employment
agencies to avoid exploitation.