New Democrat MP Pat Martin, a former asbestos miner and longtime critic of the industry, was among those emboldened by the convictions. "The asbestos industry should be served notice that we are coming for them and it would do my heart good to see somebody led away in handcuffs for all the misery that they've caused over the years," he said Monday.
Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator with the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, said: “There has never been a trial like the one that is happening in Italy. This is an incredible historic achievement. And I’m really sorry to say that we have never had anything like this in Great Britain. What we have there is individuals who will go to the courts to get compensation, but no one has ever been punished for the decisions they made as the heads of asbestos corporations.”
Indigenous community with "third world conditions" sits 90km from diamond mine, prompting fight for resource royalties. Despite living just 90km from a massive diamond mine, Jackie Hookimaw Witt has watched poverty tear at the fabric of Attawapiskat, an indigenous community in northern Canada.
The Fair Labor Association, the firm that Apple has hired to examine worker conditions at the plants of its suppliers, has been criticized by labor groups as ineffective. "Independent monitoring means you’re generally independent of the companies."
A recent federal analysis showing that 400 shades of popular lipstick contained trace amounts of lead has exacerbated an ongoing dispute between regulators and consumer activists over how much lead is safe in cosmetics.
On Thursday, February 17, New York City once more showed up in throngs to turn back Walmart’s plans to enter our city. Close to 100 community members from all over New York City gathered in front of City Hall to voice their opposition and stayed to listen as witness after witness testified against Walmart’s cut-throat labor practices.
Anti-mining advocates witnessed on Tuesday the unveiling of a Memorial in Romblon commemorating the biggest protest held in the province against mining by the Church, local officials and residents. A first in the country, the anti-mining monument is a reminder of the people’s struggle against the entry of large scale mining firms in Romblon.
Jharkhand, a state in Eastern India, is known for its vast mineral resources and for producing the world’s coal, second only to China. But it is also plagued by social inequalities, environmental degradation and a lack of good governance to address these problems.
The documentary, ‘Rise of the Oppressed’ is a striking realistic portrayal of the life and struggle of the power-loom workers of Faisalabad which takes us into their dark and dusky lives. Here is the link to documentary: http://www.lef.org.pk/labour%20voices%20new.htm
According to a study done by Mine Labour Protection Campaign Trust, 48% of the women working in mines are widows and the number is increasing. Meanwhile, 987 mine workers who were diagnosed with silicosis (K N Chest Hospital, Jodhpur alone has this number) are waiting for death while the government is yet to plan rehabilitation measures. These silicosis patients have no medical support and no means to have nutritious food. Their families including young children work in the mines to repay the debt taken to meet the treatment cost.
Cancer should be included among the illnesses covered by U.S. funds for responders to the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack, though it’s not clear which types of the disease should qualify, the head of an advisory panel said.
Apple’s handling of the supply chain labour issues that continue to dog it a central concern not just for its own future but for the industry at large. Its scale and conspicuous brand have brought it unwelcome attention. But it is already ahead of its main rivals in trying to grapple with the underage labour, excessive forced overtime and inadequate safety standards that continue to be alleged against it, and the new standards it is helping to set will be felt across the industry.
The Quebec government continues to favour a relaunch of the asbestos industry – despite a storm of recent controversy, including groundbreaking criminal convictions of two European businessmen for causing thousands of asbestos-related deaths, and far-reaching concerns about the research upon which the province bases its pro-asbestos policy.
A French court has declared the US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides. In the first such case heard in court in France, the grain grower Paul Francois, 47, said he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004.
An electronics firm embroiled in a copyright row with Apple said Tuesday it would ask Chinese customs to block iPad imports, as one city pulled some of the tablet computers from shops over the dispute. Proview Technology (Shenzhen) says it owns the Chinese rights for the name "iPad" and is preparing to ask customs to prevent Apple from bringing the iconic tablet computers into China -- one of the US company's biggest markets.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will enter into a period of mediation with adidas Group in an effort to resolve an ongoing dispute over the apparel firm’s obligations to former workers at a factory in Indonesia. The factory was owned by an adidas subcontractor.
The publication “Where are WEEE in Africa” was developed in the framework of the project entitled «Building local capacity to address the flow of e-wastes and electrical and electronic products destined for re-use in selected African countries and to augment the sustainable management of resources through the recovery of materials in e-wastes».
Martinez’ illness stands at the heart of a lethal mystery — and legacy of neglect by industry and governments, including the United States, which have resisted pleas for aggressive action to spotlight the malady and find a remedy. Wealthier nations are more focused on spurring biofuels production in the region’s sugarcane industry and keeping up the heavy flow of sugar to U.S. consumers and food manufacturers than the plight of those who harvest it.