The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that “everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests” (Article 23, Section 4).
As human rights advocates around the world celebrate International Human Rights Day, the International Labor Rights Forum has released a new report: Working for Scrooge: Worst Companies of 2010 for the Right to Associate. The report includes a list of the five worst multinational corporations for union organizing. The US-based companies on ILRF's list use intimidation and even violence to violate their workers' right to organize.
The companies on this year's list include: the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Chiquita, Dole, Del Monte, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. To find out more, check out the full report.
On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the International Labor Rights Forum released its annual report, “Working for Scrooge: Worst Companies of 2010 for the Right to Associate.” This report (http://www.laborrights.org/freedom-at-work/resources/12428) highlights five global corporations and business associations that violated their workers’ right to organize in the workplace through the use of intimidation and violence.
I am disappointed to learn from the International Labor Rights Forum that workers in your global supply chain have seen their right to organize violated.
In the coming year, I encourage you to take stronger action to ensure that your workers’ rights are protected. I will be watching closely to see the improvements you will make recognizing your workers' right to organize as described in ILO Conventions 87 and 98. I am committed to showing my solidarity with your workers around the world to ensure that their conditions improve and their rights are respected.
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