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Final push to free Somyot

 Final push to free Somyot
25-04-2013 13:53

“Here in Thailand they know I get a lot of international support. Without that support I would maybe already be dead.”

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Bangladesh Labour Organisation Harassed by Government

 Bangladesh Labour Organisation Harassed by Government
24-04-2013 09:51

On June 16 2010, a staff member of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) was detained and severely beaten by Bangladeshi security forces. This occurred just two weeks after BCWS was arbitrarily stripped of its legal status as an NGO. Take action today to support BCWS staff.

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Bangladesh labour leaders fearing for physical safety

Bangladesh labour leaders fearing for physical safety
25-04-2013 13:20

UPDATE: Recently we informed you about the intimidation and harassment of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. On July 30 2010, more criminal cases were filed against the BCWS staff and other worker leaders. On the night of August 12 2010, 20 police officers arrested Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter. They are still being held in detention. Your urgent support is needed to stop the crackdown on the labour rights organisations.

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Bangladesh: international concerns about arrests

24-04-2013 11:49

Labour- and Human-Rights Organisations Call on Government of Bangladesh to Release Worker-Rights Advocates, Fear They Will be Tortured. Leaders of Prominent Labour-Rights Group Were Seized by Police on August 13

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Bangladesh Labour Activists Released

 Bangladesh Labour Activists Released
24-04-2013 16:06

The Clean Clothes Campaign is very pleased to announce the release of Kalpona Akter, Babul Akhter and Aminul Islam after spending 30 days in custody. During a special hearing on Wednesday September 8, 2010, a magistrate judge granted bail to the three defendants, and ordered their release.

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Trial against Bangladeshi labour rights advocates approaches

 Trial against Bangladeshi labour rights advocates approaches
25-04-2013 13:27

Just recently a judge in the case against Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter from the Bangladesh Workers Solidarity Center (BCWS) and other labour leaders decided that the accused will have to appear in court next month under a system designed to speed up the trial process.

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Bangladeshi labor rights activist tortured and murdered

 Bangladeshi labor rights activist tortured and murdered
24-04-2013 09:50

Aminul Islam, a Bangladeshi labor rights activist and former apparel worker was tortured and murdered last week in Dhaka. His body was dumped outside of the capital city and was found by local police last Thursday. According to the police report, Aminul Islam's body bore signs of brutal torture. It is most likely that Aminul was murdered because of his labour rights work.

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First time victory: Migrant workers receive minimum wage in Thailand

First time victory: Migrant workers receive minimum wage in Thailand
24-04-2013 09:50

For the first time, migrant workers in the Mae Sot area successfully demanded wages in accordance with the new legal minimum wage. Factory owner M Apparel (one of Lee's suppliers) gave into the demand of 323 (mostly female) workers after negotiations with the workers who received support of MAP foundation and Yaung Chi Oo Worker Association.

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Background on PT Kizone, Indonesia

Background on PT Kizone, Indonesia
29-04-2013 15:52

2,800 workers formerly employed at the Indonesian sportswear manufacture, PT Kizone have now been fighting for over a year to get severance owed to them following the closure of the factory and the abscondment of its owner.

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adidas, step up your game on workers' rights!

adidas, step up your game on workers' rights!
24-04-2013 09:50

adidas, step up your game on workers’ rights and make sure PT Kizone workers get the deal they deserve.

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PT Kizone update 15th June 2012 - PT Kizone workers protest at British and German embassies

PT Kizone update 15th June 2012 - PT Kizone workers protest at British and German embassies
24-04-2013 09:50

On 11th June, to coincide with the Euro 2012 football tournament, which is sponsored by adidas, dozens of PT Kizone workers and their supporters held a march in Jakarta calling on adidas to pay the $1.8 million dollars owned to them in severance pay.

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Insulting offer of adidas food vouchers rejected by workers

Insulting offer of adidas food vouchers rejected by workers
24-04-2013 09:50

An offer by adidas to donate food vouchers to Indonesian workers owed millions of euros has been described as downright insulting by union representatives and labour right campaigners. The workers, previously employed at ex-addidas supplier PT Kizone, have been fighting for over a year to get adidas to pay the 1.5 million euros still owed to them in unpaid severance. Adidas' offer: a food voucher worth just 43 euros.

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Kizone action goes global!

Kizone action goes global!
24-04-2013 09:50

On Monday campaigners in Germany, the UK and the US handed over a petition to adidas demanding overdue severance pay for 2,800 Indonesian garment workers. In total 1.5 million is illegally withheld from the workers, which is less than two per cent of the cost of adidas Olympic sponsorship.

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US university dumps adidas: first-ever contract loss over sweatshop abuse

US university dumps adidas: first-ever contract loss over sweatshop abuse
24-04-2013 09:50

US Cornell University announced that they will severe their contract with adidas from the beginning of October 2012, becoming the first U.S. university in history to terminate an agreement with the German company over labour rights. Cornell’s decision comes nearly a year and a half after PT Kizone, an adidas supplier factory in Indonesia, shut down unexpectedly in 2011. The closure left nearly 3,000 workers without $1.8 million in legally-owed severance. Adidas still refuses to pay up.

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adidas 'humanitarian aid' gives cold shoulder to Kizone workers

adidas 'humanitarian aid' gives cold shoulder to Kizone workers
25-04-2013 13:45

One month after our petition with nearly 50,000 signatures was handed over to adidas by US and European activists, the sports brand issued a statement saying how they intend to respond to the outstanding US$1.8million in severance payments owed to former Kizone workers in Indonesia.

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Sweatshop Campaigners unite against Adidas' "Fundamentally flawed" workers rights summit

Sweatshop Campaigners unite against Adidas' "Fundamentally flawed" workers rights summit
25-04-2013 13:48

Anti-sweatshop campaigners from the US and Europe today united to condemn a summit to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday organised by adidas, intended to deal with the issues workers face when its supplier factories close. Whilst United Students Against Sweatshops, the Clean Clothes Campaign, War On Want and People & Planet welcome comprehensive, long-term solutions to workers’ rights abuses in adidas’ supply chain, they say the summit is “fundamentally flawed” and an “empty rhetorical gesture” as workers in Indonesia that made adidas products have been waiting for severance payments for over a year.

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Join our global Week of Action against adidas!

Join our global Week of Action against adidas!
25-04-2013 13:50

This week, we join hands with our friends from Labour Behind The Label, SumOfUs, USAS, People and Planet, Ms Wanda, ILRF and many more to tell adidas to stop throwing around excuses. We want them to finally pay up the US$1.8 million of severance payments they owe the Kizone workers in Indonesia. The Kizone factory closed in April 2011, leaving 2,800 people out of work and without pay. It's time for a global Week of Action!

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Global protest swamps adidas’ Facebook page

Global protest swamps adidas’ Facebook page
25-04-2013 13:51

Thousands of people from across the globe are leaving messages on adidas originals' Facebook page about adidas' failure to pay Indonesian workers US$1.8million severance pay.

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Aslam Hidayet, ex-worker Kizone factory: 'Adidas deceives us'

Aslam Hidayet, ex-worker Kizone factory: 'Adidas deceives us'
25-04-2013 13:54

More than 5000 of you wrote on adidas' and Justin Bieber's Facebook wall to push them to pay the severance pay of the Kizone workers. Justin Bieber failed to respond, and adidas simply sent us a letter arguing that the workers were satisfied with the food vouchers they had been issued with.

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Europe's biggest fashion brands embroiled in poverty pay outrage

24-04-2013 11:48

Europe's biggest fashion brands embroiled in poverty pay outrage - Campaigners mimic factory fainting in stores across Europe

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