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US: Caterpillar Pressured Over "Weaponised Bulldozers"
by Emad MekayInter Press News Service
June 15th, 2006
The parents of a U.S. peace activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer built by the global machinery giant Caterpillar confronted the company Wednesday for the first time and urged shareholders at its annual meeting to end sales of "weaponised bulldozers to Israel".

US: U.S. Sues Goodyear
The Chicago Tribune
June 15th, 2006
The Labor Department has sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., alleging hiring discrimination against hundreds of women who sought jobs at one of its plants in Virginia in the late 1990s.

US: Judge Grants Tyco Investors Class-Action Status
by Katharine WebsterAssociated Press
June 14th, 2006
Former shareholders of Tyco International Ltd., whose former chief executive and chief financial officer were convicted of fraud, have been certified as a class to sue the company and its accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

UZBEKISTAN: Coca-Cola accused over Uzbek venture
by Edward Alden in Washington and Andrew Ward in AtlantaFinancial Times
June 13th, 2006
Coca-Cola has been hit with an arbitration claim seeking more than $100m in damages, alleging that the the world's largest soft drinks maker conspired with the government of Uzbekistan against a joint venture partner who fell out of favour with the country's authoritarian ruler, Islam Karimov.

GERMANY: Clash with Unions Looms at VW
by David GowGuardian Unlimited (UK)
June 13th, 2006
Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, is heading for a showdown with its 100,000-strong German workforce after trade unions rejected company proposals to increase the working week to 35 hours without extra pay late on Monday.

EU: EU Smashes Acrylic Glass Cartel
BBC News
May 31st, 2006
The European Commission has fined four firms 345m euros ($444m; £235m) for fixing prices and operating a cartel in the sale of acrylic glass products.

US: Polo Ralph Lauren Accused of Labor Violations
Bay City News Service
May 30th, 2006
Four former employees of Polo Ralph Lauren filed a lawsuit today in San Francisco Superior Court against the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, alleging that the company repeatedly violated the rights of its employees, according to Patrick Kitchin, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

SOUTH KOREA: Daewoo Founder Is Sentenced for Fraud Charges
by Choe Sang-HunInternational Herald Tribune
May 30th, 2006
Kim Woo Choong, whose career as the rags-to-riches founder of Daewoo Group ended in South Korea's biggest corporate fraud scandal, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and ordered to forfeit 21.4 trillion won, or $22.57 billion.

JORDAN: An Ugly Side of Free Trade - Sweatshops
by Steven Greenhouse and Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
May 3rd, 2006
Workers from Bangladesh said they paid $1,000 to $3,000 to work in Jordan, but when they arrived, their passports were confiscated, restricting their ability to leave and tying them to jobs that often pay far less than promised and far less than the country's minimum wage.

ARGENTINA: Bolivian Community Divided Over Sweatshops
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service
April 6th, 2006
The Buenos Aires city government's new offensive against slave labour has resulted in the closure of 30 clandestine textile sweatshops in the Argentine capital. But it has also caused divisions in the Bolivian immigrant community: some denounce the exploitative labour conditions, while others desperately want to keep their jobs, however precarious.

EU: Toxic Metal Found in Bottled Water
The Food Navigator
March 14th, 2006
Trace amounts of a little-researched toxic metal have been found in bottled water brands in PET bottles across Europe and Canada, says new research from Germany.

URUGUAY: Mixed Reactions to Truce in Pulp Mill War
by Gustavo GonzálezInter Press Service News Agency
March 11th, 2006
Activists who have been blocking international bridges between Argentina and Uruguay for the past month to protest the construction of two paper pulp factories on the Uruguayan side of a river separating the two countries expressed mixed reactions to news that the two governments had reached an agreement for a temporary freeze in construction on Saturday.

INDIA: Globalisation Works, Unequally
by Raji LakshmiInter Press News Service (IPS)
December 3rd, 2005
Today, thanks to a slew of questionable concessions offered by the local government to global investors, Gurgaon is on the addresses of some the world's best-known names in garments, automobiles, and information technology (IT).

CHINA: At Nike Plant, no Sweatshop, Plenty of Sweat
by Richard ReadThe Oregonian
June 27th, 2005
After Nike's recent disclosure of the names and locations of 705 independent contract factories in its network, a plant visit reveals significant improvements since the 1990s.

WORLD: Charity Wristbands Made in 'Sweatshop' Factories
by Lesley RichardsonThe Scotsman
May 29th, 2005
Wristbands made to raise awareness of the Make Poverty History campaign have been produced in Chinese factories which violated ethical standards, it emerged today.

EL SALVADOR: Fraying of the Textile Industry
by Ginger ThompsonNew York Times
March 25th, 2005
Employment in El Salvador's garment industry declined in 2004 for the first time in a decade. Thousands more jobs will be lost this year, threatening to drive up El Salvador's largest export to the United States: its people.

CAMBODIA: Police Open Fire to End Factory Protest
by Ek Madra Reuters
February 22nd, 2005
Cambodian riot police fired assault rifles and used electric batons on Tuesday to break up a protest by 1,300 workers demanding redundancy payment from a garment factory that shut down in January.

AUSTRALIA: Unions Take Hardie Asbestos Protest to U.S.
by Barbara AdamBloomberg
September 15th, 2004
Australian labor unions will take their protest over James Hardie Industries NV's funding shortfall for asbestos victims to the U.S. today, seeking to extend their boycott of the company's building products to its largest market.

GREECE: Olympic Sized Horror in Athens
by Dave ZirinCommonDreams.org
August 16th, 2004

US: A Record Year for Shareholder Activism
by G. Jeffrey MacDonaldChristian Science Monitor
June 28th, 2004
Question: What single force can get Tyco International to strive for cleaner emissions, inspire PepsiCo to study the impact of AIDS in developing nations, and even get Merck & Co. to declare its intentions to not manufacture an abortion pill? Answer: shareholders.

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