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Clinton's Fast-Track Proposal Sells Out Labor and Environment

ILRF
09/17/1997

Pharis Harvey

After months of delay, the Clinton Administration announced yesterday a trade legislation package that constitutes a thumb in the eye to the Democratic party, the working people and the environmental interests of the United States. The proposed Fast Track bill would give the administration broad powers to negotiate trade agreements that lower trade barriers, protect U.S. investment overseas, and provide "strong protection" for intellectual property rights. Workers and the environment rated nothing more than an insult.

Stitching Footballs: Voices of Children in Sailkot, Pakistan

Save the Children, UK
04/30/1997

This report details a situation analysis of children working in football stitching around Sialkot, Pakistan. The analysis (1) examined the reasons that children work and the probable impact of eradicating children's involvement and phasing out home-based production and (2) determined a baseline for monitoring changes in children's and families' well-being as a result of a social protection program. Section 1 of the report describes the program developed to phase out children's involvement in football stitching and the study's goals.

Wal-mart leads charge in race to grab a slice of China

Guardian

US giant launches big push in competition for burgeoning £140bn retail market Jonathan Watts in Beijing

The last things the turtles see in the Wal-Mart megastore in northern Beijing are bright fluorescent lights, masked shop assistants and, if they crane their necks over the edge of their plastic container, a chalk board offering them for sale at the bargain price of 39.8 yuan (£2.86) each.

US companies express alarm over priest’s slay

Manila Bulletin

At least seven big foreign-owned companies, including Wal-Mart, have expressed alarm over cases of killings, violence and attacks against workers on strike in Cavite.

In their joint letter on Nov. 7 to President Arroyo, the companies — American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., Jones Apparel Group, Liz Claiborne Inc., PVH, Polo Ralph Lauren and Wal-Mart, expressed alarm on behalf of their companies over the "violent attacks on striking workers and the assaults and killings of labor rights promoters."

Massive Layoffs Signal Global Depression: Review of Labor Situation in the Philippines

Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Inc.

The current deep recession that is expected to lead into a severe depression has began to kick into high gear in the Philippines in the first few weeks of the new year, portending worse things to come for the country's 36-million strong labor force. Despite the government's claims at "safeguarding" the workers "amidst the global storm", the people and the ordinary workers will evidently be made to bear the heaviest blows of the crisis.

From bad to worse

让劳动合同双方的权利和义务更加明确 -西北政法大学教授谢德成谈 《中华人民共和国劳动合同法实施条例》

陕西日报

9月18日,《中华人民共和国劳动合同法实施条例》正式公布施行

。和现行的引起广泛关注的《劳动合同法》相比,该实施条例有哪些

特点,如何正确理解和解读?9月19日,记者专程走访了西北政法大学

教授、劳动法与社会保障法研究中心主任、我省劳动法律知名专家谢

德成。

“《劳动合同法》颁布后,许多条款只是在法律上做了一般性、

甚至是非常抽象的规定,因此,对于某些规定的认识分歧很大,有必

要出台一个实施细则。”一见面,谢德成就开门见山地说。

谢德成表示,《条例》是对《劳动合同法》的扩充、细化。主要

体现在十个方面。

一是对用人单位的主体范围进一步做了扩充。相比于《劳动合同

法》规定的企业、个体经济组织、民办非企业单位、国家机关、事业

单位、社会团体外,又增加了会计师事务所、律师事务所等合伙组织

和基金会。

二是明确了依法取得营业执照或者登记证书的用人单位分支机构

可以和劳动者签订劳动合同。

三是对劳动者不签劳动合同做了规定。《条例》第五条规定,自

用工之日起一个月内,经用人单位书面通知后,劳动者不与用人单位

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