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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 Philippines factory.
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 financial crisis.
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 flesh trade.
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 to attend.
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.