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  •  We also need a movement similar (7+ / 0-)

    to the South Africa divestment movement.

    Aim for laws that forbid the import of any products unless manufactures can prove that they were made under conditions of labor that would meet US labor standards and health and safety standards, child labor laws.

    A company like Walmart should not be able to say "I didn't know..." They should have to prove it up front before production begins.

    Also, a  loud noisy campaign such as "know how and where your clothes are made."

    So far we have very little going on in that area of protest.

    We need to be making a lot of noise on this issue. There are groups active, but they are quiet and too polite.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Lives lost trying to earn a living.

    by JayRaye on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:31:50 PM PST

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    •  Agreed completely that we need to fight (4+ / 0-)

      this on an international level; prevention of goods being imported if produced under unsafe conditions and using child labour and grossly exploitative would be something that can be done with sufficient pressure. It would also be appropriate to fit EC laws as well, so it could cover the whole advanced capitalist world. I know that several labor unions and groups advocating for labor have raised this; it would also protect workers from the advanced capitalist world as well as those in the periphery and emergent economies who have been fighting to protect (the former) and further  (the latter) working legislation. I think that this is an important issue that can be worked on across countries, between unions internationally and across political positions from the centre-left to the hard left.

      Those with political and economic power have been working to prevent legislation and its enforcement in the periphery and in emergent economies and have been trying to over-turn our protections in the advanced capitalist world as necessary for international competition (another way to say destroy wages and living standards and increasing profits); we need to fight them internationally or they will just keep moving from one country to the next. A law like that suggested by JayRaye would help those on the ground tremendously and undermine the ability of multinational corps to avoid labour legislation!

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:47:08 PM PST

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      •  Bangladesh is (6+ / 0-)

        pretty close to the end of the line in moving work to ever poorer countries. Workers in China have begun to organize and make demands. If the global shell game gets caught in a closed loop, there may be possibilities.

        •  I was at a meeting (6+ / 0-)

          where a woman that works in Nicaragua in the export-oriented garment centre spoke. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in North America and they keep threatening workers where that insisted on bringing in a doctor that specialised in occupational health injuries (these women work 11.5 hours a day and suffer literally crippling workplace damage); they keep threatening to move to Guatemala and they produce things for Haines and other north american companies. This is not only a problem in asia, it is a general problem where MNCs trying to escape paying decent wages and having to follow labour law go to countries where labour law has been undeveloped and where unions are weak due to local capitalist and ruling class power and foreign intervention. In Pakistan, the fire safety laws exist but they are never enforced due to bribery and corruption and the power of MNCs.

          "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

          by NY brit expat on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 04:15:52 PM PST

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