Having just returned from my recent university tour, I am more encouraged than ever by the passion and drive I saw in students to resolve labor and human rights issues worldwide. As they always have, students and universities play a crucial role in campaigning against any form of social injustice… as we did in fighting the apartheid movement in South Africa to fighting sweatshop labor conditions today.
Worth Reading — The New York Times reported on this recent study by Human Rights Watch concerning Walmart’s efforts to keep unions out of its stores. The human rights group, which the newspaper noted typically focuses on rights violations in Burundi, North Korea or other foreign countries, said that when Wal-Mart stores faced unionization drives, the company often broke the law by, for example, eavesdropping on workers, training surveillance cameras on them and firing those who favored unions.
These guidelines for FLA-affiliated companies provide suggestions whose suppliers or facilities may be involved in retrenchment and closures for operational reasons. Retrenchment, also referred to as redundancy, downsizing, or closure based on operational requirements, occurs when the employer has bona fide economic, technological, structural or similar reasons to reduce the size of the workforce.