Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

“Yeah, they give gloves and all, but we won’t use. These gloves are made up of rubber and they are heavy and it slows us down. And sometimes wearing the gloves, the worker will be little careless if he is not feeling the sewing machine and he has the risk of making the hand go…


Executive Summary of 2018 Research and Recs to ILO 2018

In the lead up to the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference, a global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organizations, which includes Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), CENTRAL Cambodia, Global Labor Justice, Sedane Labour Resource Centre (LIPS)Indonesia, and Society for Labour and Development (SLD) just released new factory level research…


GBV Walmart 2018

In January 2018, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sulatana, a skilled garment worker with 10 years of experience, was hired as a production-line manager by a Walmart garment supplier employing more than 1000 workers. In the weeks that followed, the General Manager of the factory made frequent advances.

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GBV H&M May 2018

In India, women workers employed in an H&M supplier factory in Bangalore, India reported physical abuse associated with pressure to meet production targets. Radhika described being thrown to the floor and beaten, including on her breasts:

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GBV Gap May 2018

In May 2017, 25-year-old Piya took a job as a sewing machine operator in a Gap garment supplier factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Piya described noticing early on that a female coworker, Apa, received special treatment: “Unlike the rest of us, she had flexible work hours, she was allowed to take leave.” Gbv gap-may-2018 from Danish…


Precarious Work in the Walmart Global Value Chain

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building, collapsed in Savar subdistrict in the Greater Area of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Rana Plaza industrial factory fire that killed 1,139 workers and injured 2,500 more is considered the most serious fatal accident to have occurred in a textile factory in modern history. Precarious work…


Precarious Work in the GAP Global Value Chain

In March 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama made headlines by ceremoniously shopping at a Gap store on East 42nd and Third Avenue. Obama’s decision to visit the store followed an announcement by Gap that they would raise minimum wages for U.S. workers to USD 10 per hour by 2015. Gap’s decision to raise minimum hourly…


Precarious Work in the Asian Seafood Global Value Chain

The outsourcing of production and processing activities to the bottom of seafood global value chains (GVCs) in Asia has resulted in intensive labour exploitation and abuse of vulnerable workers—especially women migrant workers from marginalized communities. Workers at the base of seafood value chains in Bangladesh, India and Thailand suffer non-enforcement of legal rights and violations…


Migrant Workers at the Margins

Identification, access to entitlements, and financial inclusion are key sites of negotiation in India’s rapidly evolving governance landscape. Following demonetization and with the proliferation of Aadhaar biometric identification, the Government of India is increasingly tracking money and populations. By October 2017, the Hindu reported that the Aadhaar scheme initiated by the Unique Identification Authority of…


Indias Labour Law Changes

This report argues that the process of reforming India’s labour laws should maintain progressive improvement of substantive and procedural rights for workers in line with India’s human rights and constitutional obligations.Promotion of individual workers’ rights at the expense of collective rights, however, risks undermining collective action and solidarity among workers. While international human rights frameworks…