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Wilful Murders in Pakistan and Bangladesh

Wilful Murders in Pakistan and Bangladesh | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it

The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) expresses its deep sadness and outrage at two recent fires within a spate of three months in Karachi and Dhaka. These fires together killed more than 420 workers and have now become the most devastating fires, in terms of the death toll, in Asia.

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Nepal faces monumental quake-debris problem | The Japan Times

Nepal faces monumental quake-debris problem | The Japan Times | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Facing a monumental task in dealing with the debris from its devastating earthquake, Nepal would greatly benefit from the expertise that Japan gained from its Tohoku cleanup.
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Hundreds of Chinese Workers Strike at Fast Retailing Supplier - Sourcing Journal Online

Hundreds of Chinese Workers Strike at Fast Retailing Supplier - Sourcing Journal Online | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
A strike by about 900 workers at a factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen that supplies Fast Retailing, the Japanese parent company of Uniqlo, Theory and Helmut Lang, has entered its ninth day, forcing production to cease.
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Landmark case on lead poisoning in children begins in China

Landmark case on lead poisoning in children begins in China | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Group of families say chemical plant in Hunan province is behind high levels of lead in children in test case for environmental pollution law
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Survey: At least 1 in 5 PH households has one child laborer

Survey: At least 1 in 5 PH households has one child laborer | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Jepoy, 16, has been working for a sugarcane plantation in Bukidnon since he was 12 years old. At a young age, he decided to work to help his family for their survival.
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Mechanic crushed to death by elevator in southern Vietnam

The elevator suddenly went up, carrying the 27-year-old man on top
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Philippines factory fire: 72 workers need not have died

Philippines factory fire: 72 workers need not have died | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
When welding sparks ignited combustible chemicals in a slipper factory, the resultant fire led to the unnecessary death of 72 workers on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster
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President Aquino: Ensure Criminal Prosecution of Owners of Kentex, Top gov't Officials Responsible for the Kentex factory fire!

President Aquino: Ensure Criminal Prosecution of Owners of Kentex, Top gov't Officials Responsible for the Kentex factory fire! | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Justice for Kentex Workers!
A seven-hour blaze gutted the factory of Kentex Manufacturing Inc., maker of rubber sandals that are popular in the Philippines, last May 13, 2015 at Tatalon Street, Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City. This is the deadliest industrial fire in the history of the Philippines: more than72 workers perished, several others are still missing, and over a hundred more lost their jobs.
The fact-finding mission conducted by labor groups in the Philippines a day after the Kentex tragedy revealed the company’s serious violations of occupational health and safety (OHS) standards. These include the following: mishandling of highly flammable chemicals shown by absence of proper storage and labeling of the latter; absence of fire exits at the second floor; absence of fire alarms and drills; and, with the thick steel mesh that covered the factory’s windows, the virtual imprisonment of workers.
Apart from grave violations of OHS standards, massive violations of basic labor standards by the company were also exposed. The workers who have worked for the company for more than 10 years were receiving only the legally-mandated minimum wage rate. Workers were deprived of regular status even if they have worked in the company for many years. The agency which supplies manpower to Kentex, CJC Manpower Services, repeatedly rehired workers as contractuals and paid the latter a mere P202 a day, way below the P481 minimum wage rate in the National Capital Region. Kentex also employed the piece-rate wage scheme, which is against the law. CJC Manpower Services also failed to remit workers’ contributions to the Social Security System and PhilHealth despite regularly deducting these from the salaries of workers.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) did not issue Kentex a Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) after conducting an inspection last July 2014 but apparently failed to give appropriate reports to the local government for subsequent action and failed to monitor the factory’s continued operation. Following an inspection on September 18, 2014 the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), by virtue of Department Order (DO) 131-13 or the “Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System” promulgated by Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz, issued Kentex a Certificate of Compliance (COC) with regard to General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health (OHS) Standards . 
The Kentex tragedy, alongside numerous workplace accidents that claimed the lives of many workers, highlights the abysmal situation of Filipino workers despite the Aquino government’s claim that the country is experiencing economic growth. All of these are brought about by (a) capitalists’ drive to  cut costs that compliance with OHS standards entail in order toincrease profits and (2) the government’s implementation of neoliberal labor policies that perpetuate a system that allows hazardous workplaces to exist and create a culture of impunity for past, present and future worker deaths.
Our demands and fight for justice
We support the families of victims of the Kentex fire and the workers who survived the fire, the labor groups, church groups and people’s organizations – all who have come together under the Justice for Kentex Workers Alliance to demand justice for those who died and those who survived.
In particular we call on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to:
1)Ensure the criminal prosecution of the owners of Kentex Manufacturing Inc. We demand criminal liability from the company owners who, in their desire to increase profits, willfully ignored workers’ health and safety standards, and laid out the conditions that resulted in the death of our loved ones.
2) Immediately discharge from their posts and to ensure criminal prosecution of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz and top officials of the DOLE and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Mar Roxas and top officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) who condoned the operation of a factory that proved to be fatal to workers.
The connivance of these officials with the capitalists of Kentex sealed the fate of the workers who were killed in the fire. DOLE’s awarding of a COC to Kentex was tantamount to signing the death certificates of the workers who died. They are liable not only for the lives claimed and affected by the Kentex fire, but for all Filipino workers whose lives are imperiled as a result of DOLE’s policies like Department Order (DO) 131-13 , which systematizes and legalizes industry self-regulation (instead of strict compliance) to the detriment of workers’ rights and in favor of capitalists’ business interests.
(3) Ensure just compensation for the families and survivors of the Kentex factory fire. 
We are also fighting for just compensation for the victims’ families and the survivors. It is only fair that that receive more than the meager compensation mandated by the country’s laws. The said compensation should in fact be increased because Kentex workers were given wages below the legally-mandated minimum and suffered many injustices while working, and working hard, for the company.
(4) Urgent passage of House Bill 4635 or Workers’ SHIELD , sponsored by Gabriela Women’s Partylist  which seeks to institutionalize mandatory government inspections of all workplaces, and appropriately penalize violators of basic standards. The Kentex fire highlights the extreme vulnerability of Filipino workers because of the government’s skewed priorities favoring business over labor, and the passage of HB 4635 would be a major step forward towards the reaffirmation of the sanctity of workers’ lives.
Justice for Kentex Workers!
 
Justice for  Kentex Workers Alliance is composed of families of victims and worker-survivors of the Kentex factory fire as well as the following support organizations: Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Standard (IOHSAD), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), Church-People Worker Solidarity (CWS) Defend Jobs Philippines, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER), Gabriela, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).
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Garbage scavengers at risk of infections, say experts - Environment - VietNam News

Garbage scavengers at risk of infections, say experts - Environment - VietNam News | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Every day, dozens of trucks carrying garbage arrive at HiepThinh waste
dump in District 12 to dispose of waste collected from across HCM City
and leave behind a mountain of rubbish.
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ILO Wants Bangladesh Labor Rules to Reflect International Standards - Sourcing Journal Online

ILO Wants Bangladesh Labor Rules to Reflect International Standards - Sourcing Journal Online | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
The Bangladesh government is discussing new rules for the Bangladesh Labor Act, which was revised following the Rana Plaza tragedy, and the International Labor Organization (ILO) has emphasized that proposed rules comply with international labor standards.
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Cambodia Garment Factory Strikes Surge 74%

Cambodia Garment Factory Strikes Surge 74% | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Cambodia’s garment factories saw a sizable increase in strikes during the first three months of 2015, with the number growing nearly 74 percent from the same period last year.
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Reliving the Rana Plaza factory collapse: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 22

Reliving the Rana Plaza factory collapse: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 22 | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
The overcrowded and poorly built complex became a symbol of global inequality when 1,134 people died to feed the world’s appetite for cheap clothing
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Health and safety often forgotten - Society - VietNam News

Health and safety often forgotten - Society - VietNam News | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Standards and procedures to ensure labour safety and health were often
overlooked in about 65 per cent of the country's small-to-medium sized
businesses.
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India: National Green Tribunal Orders Closure of 739 Textile Factories - Sourcing Journal Online

India: National Green Tribunal Orders Closure of 739 Textile Factories - Sourcing Journal Online | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
India's National Green Tribunal (NGT) circuit bench of Jodhpur has ordered the closure of 739 textile factories in Balotra, Jasol and Birthuia until July 9, while they renew consent to operate and obtain hazardous waste disposal authorization from the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB), according to the Times of India.
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Stop making lead paint and poisoning people around the world!

Stop making lead paint and poisoning people around the world! | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
The harmful health effects of lead exposure on the brain, reproductive system, kidneys, blood, cardiovascular and other systems have been well established for decades. Lead paint for residential use in the U.S. has been banned since 1978 and industrial applications have virtually disappeared due to prohibitions on the use of lead additives in coatings.
Yet, Sherwin-Williams and PPG continue to manufacture and distribute lead paint in developing countries around the world.
 Children in these countries are being poisoning from lead paint used on homes, schools, products, and from soil and dust contamination where lead paint is present. Workers are being exposed in the manufacture of lead paint, in its application, and in renovation, repair and repainting operations where lead paint is present.
  We are asking Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries to immediately establish and post a written policy on their websites agreeing to eliminate the use of all lead compounds in all products that they make, distribute, and/or sell. We are also asking that they recall all stocks of lead paint in the possession of their customers, in warehouses, or in retail outlets. What’s more, the coatings collected from this recall must be safely treated and/or disposed of in appropriate hazardous waste landfills.
 Lead exposures are responsible for more than 674,000 deaths a year due primarily to cardiovascular disease. The continued use of lead paint is contributing to a global lead poisoning epidemic costing low- and middle-income countries more than $977 billion dollars annually in lost lifetime economic productivity.
In 2011, AkzoNobel – the world’s largest paint company – voluntarily agreed to stop the use of lead additives in all products. It is time for Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries to do the same.
Get more information here:
http://www.okinternational.org/lead-paint/Background
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829190.200-the-wests-toxic-hypocrisy-over-lead-paint.html?full=true#.VW9uk0tVvzY
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Hazardous job: Workers critical after inhaling poisonous fumes - The Express Tribune

Hazardous job: Workers critical after inhaling poisonous fumes - The Express Tribune | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
He said police had not received a formal complaint and had not registered an FIR
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India Legalizes Child Labor Amid Skyrocketing Rates, Activists Fight Back

India Legalizes Child Labor Amid Skyrocketing Rates, Activists Fight Back | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Child labor is officially on the decline worldwide, but the issue is hardly abating in India.

Friday marks World Day Against Child Labor, and activists hope the awareness event will move supporters
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Time to act on work accidents - Opinion - VietNam News

Time to act on work accidents - Opinion - VietNam News | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
The hunt for profit was the main driving force for labour accidents, Le
The Son, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam's OSH Science and Technology
Association told Khoa hoc va Doi song newspaper
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When I lost my hands making flatscreens I can't afford, nobody would help me | Rosa Moreno

When I lost my hands making flatscreens I can't afford, nobody would help me | Rosa Moreno | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Injured workers like me don’t ask for much of the billions these companies make off of our work. We just want enough to take care of our families
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One in four Sherpas involved in accidents: study

One in four Sherpas involved in accidents: study | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
One in four Sherpas are caught with occupational health problems while on their tough job to guide mountaineers up and down the dangerous peaks of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks, according to a new study.
A study led by Professor
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South Africa sets aside R1.5bn for miners

South Africa sets aside R1.5bn for miners | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
South Africans: there's a
range of government services, advice and information freely
available to you
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Stone-crushing units : Ban on factory inspection ‘led to workers’ deaths’ - The Express Tribune

Stone-crushing units : Ban on factory inspection ‘led to workers’ deaths’   - The Express Tribune | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Report suggests action against employers whose workers died of silicosis
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Victims of humidifier disinfectant to file suit with British court

Victims of humidifier disinfectant to file suit with British court | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Families of victims who died of lung disease allegedly after using a humidifier disinfectant from Reckitt Benckiser vowed to take legal action against the British consumer goods maker on Wednesday. The victims’ families and activists from Asian Citizen’s Center for Environment and Health said they are consulting with a British law firm to file a lawsuit in a British court, accusing Reckitt Benckiser of dodging resp...
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Bangladesh Accord: Factory safety progressing slowly

Bangladesh Accord: Factory safety progressing slowly | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Two years after the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up, the group says it could still take at least another 18 months before corrective action plans are completed for all factories.
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OSH Rights: May 2015, No 34

OSH Rights: May 2015, No 34 | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
In this Issue Pay up Our Fair Compensation Chrysotile listing blocked again [Appeal]Stop Killing Innocent babies and Pregnant Women – Boycott Products by Reckitt Benckiser Working Women of Asia 201...
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[Sign Petition]Stop Killing Innocent babies and Pregnant Women - Boycott Products by Reckitt Benckiser

[Sign Petition]Stop Killing Innocent babies and Pregnant Women - Boycott Products by Reckitt Benckiser | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
In Korea, since 1990s, many families have used humidifier at home and office, especially during dry winter seasons. Families with newborns, children, or old patients are particularly keen to avoid ...
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