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No 'serious exercise' by states to check silicosis: NHRC, IBN Live News

National Human Rights Commission today rued that states have not conducted any "serious exercise" to assess the dimensions of silicosis and measures needed to prevent it.

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Country’s 1st anti-mining monument erected in Romblon, Philippines

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.

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Photos: The Resource Conflict in India's Coal-Mining State

Photos: The Resource Conflict in India's Coal-Mining State | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

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.

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Pakistani documentary nominated for Berlin film festival

Pakistani documentary nominated for Berlin film festival | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

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

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Negligent company bosses to appeal Italy asbestos verdict

Negligent company bosses to appeal Italy asbestos verdict | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Company owners convicted of causing over 3,000 asbestos-related deaths in Italy say they will appeal the verdict.

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Anonymous hacks Mexico mining industry in defense of Indigenous

Anonymous hacks Mexico mining industry in defense of Indigenous | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Anonymous hacked Mexico’s mining industry in defense of Indigenous Peoples struggling to protect their sacred lands, and their fellow campesinos who are victims of Mexico’s mining industry.

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Unions.Org Blog» Blog Archive » A Thousand Miles of Solidarity: Taking the Fight for Workers’ Rights on the Road

Unions.Org Blog» Blog Archive » A Thousand Miles of Solidarity: Taking the Fight for Workers’ Rights on the Road | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Locked-out workers hold the line at American Crystal Sugar

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Italian court convicts 2 in asbestos-related deaths near Turin - Brandon Sun

Italian court convicts 2 in asbestos-related deaths near Turin - Brandon Sun | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

An Italian court Monday convicted two men of negligence in some 2,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a construction company, sentencing each of them to 16 years in prison and ordering them to pay millions in what officials called a historic case.

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Apple admits it has a human rights problem

Apple admits it has a human rights problem | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Thousands of Chinese factory workers will be given the chance to detail the punishing conditions on assembly lines producing Apple iPads and iPhones, after the US company bowed to criticism and agreed to allow independent inspections of its supply chain.

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Verdict looms in world's biggest asbestos trial < Swiss news | Expatica Switzerland

A court in northern Italy will rule Monday in the unprecedented trial of a Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron for over 3,000 alleged asbestos-related deaths.

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McGill to review asbestos findings after CBC report - Canada - CBC News

McGill to review asbestos findings after CBC report - Canada - CBC News | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
McGill University says it is reviewing the findings of a major research project into the asbestos industry and cancer caused after a CBC News investigation raised questions about links between the research and industry interests.
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ArcelorMittal stops steel investments in 2012, focus on mining - Metals | Platts News Article & Story

ArcelorMittal is focusing more on growth in its mining business, Mittal told reporters, adding that the company now describes itself as a steel and mining group, rather than a steelmaker.

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Cost of Job-Related Illnesses Exceeds Costs of All Cancers, Diabetes and Strokes | EHS Today

"A new NIOSH-funded study determined that the cost of job-related injuries and illnesses is $250 billion, which is $31 billion more than the cost of all cancers and $76 billion more than the cost of diabetes"

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Apple number one consumer electronics brand in the US

Apple number one consumer electronics brand in the US | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Apple is the number one consumer electronics brand in the US for the second year running.

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UW, Adidas To Enter Mediation Over Workers' Rights Violations

UW, Adidas To Enter Mediation Over Workers' Rights Violations | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

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.

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E-waste in Africa

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».

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Thousands of Sugar Cane Workers Die as Wealthy Nations Stall on Solutions

Thousands of Sugar Cane Workers Die as Wealthy Nations Stall on Solutions | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

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.

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Child labors found in electronics factory|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

Child labors found in electronics factory|Society|chinadaily.com.cn | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
At least ten children are employed in a Suzhou electronics factory, an official from the labor supervision brigade of Suzhou's Wuzhong district told China Daily on Monday.
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Tibetan village prevails in mining struggle | World War 4 Report

Tibetan village prevails in mining struggle | World War 4 Report | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Chinese authorities agreed to halt a mining project on Mount Kawagebo, which is sacred to Tibetans, after local villagers, their pleas rebuffed, pushed some $300,000 worth of mining equipment into the Salween River.
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Silicosis Kills 50th Worker At Turkish Denim Sandblasting Factory

Silicosis Kills 50th Worker At Turkish Denim Sandblasting Factory | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

“Distressed” jeans are commonly made by blasting the denim with silica (pictured above) after it has been pressurized into miniscule dust particles. But this fashion trend has been lethal for workers in denim sandblasting factories around the world. In Turkey, İdris Oral has become the 50th factory worker to die from inhaling too much silica dust

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Italy's asbestos trial jails two

Italy's asbestos trial jails two | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

An Italian court convicts a Swiss tycoon and a Belgian baron of negligence over some 2,200 asbestos-related deaths and sentences each of them to 16 years in jail.

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Workers' rights petitions delivered to Apple's Grand Central store

Workers' rights petitions delivered to Apple's Grand Central store | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Activists first began to drum up attention for their event on Wednesday with a press release announcing they would deliver more than a quarter of a million signatures to the store at Apple's Grand Central Terminal in an effort to highlight claims of worker abuse at Foxconn, the overseas manufacturer of Apple's devices. In reality, little more than a dozen supporters arrived on Thursday, according to CNet, a number that was "far outstripped" by the number of media representatives on hand to cover the event.

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The Dilemma of Cheap Electronics

Sooner or later, we’ll have to make a choice. The fault, dear Brutus, is not just at Apple, or in China — it’s also in ourselves.

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Japan electronic giants eye chip merger – reports

Japan electronic giants eye chip merger – reports | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Three of Japan's biggest electronics companies are to join forces in a chip-making venture, reports said Wednesday, days after a swathe of dire results from a sector struggling to compete globally.

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UPDATE 1-S.Africa mines minister targets CEOs on fatalities

UPDATE 1-S.Africa mines minister targets CEOs on fatalities | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

South Africa's mines minister said on Tuesday that industry chief executives should be held liable for avoidable fatalities, also raising the possibility of court action.

Targeting chief executives would take her safety drive to new levels as the government tries to stem the death toll in the country's mines, the world's deepest and among the most dangerous.

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