Consider the following scenarios - Li Guihong (not her real name) worked in a shoe factory in southern China. Her job was to apply glue to the shoes. However, the glue she used was a benzene-based solvent, which is very toxic. Ventilation in the factory was very poor and workers were directly exposed to the toxic fumes. Management had provided the workers with cotton face masks, and the workers in the factory believed that these could protect them. However, Li is now in a hospital in Guangzhou, suffering from partial paralysis. She is unable to walk on her own and is in a wheel chair.
We claim compensation when workers’ lungs or limbs are injured, when there is permanent loss of vital capacities, and death. However a senior unionist recently said to me, “Claiming compensation is like converting the loss of life or limb into dollars. How can you place a price tag on workers’ precious limbs and organs? You should work for prevention of occupational accidents and diseases.”
This book is more than a review of labour law, it is the only comprehensive review available of labour law in the Asia Pacific region. It investigates the impact of labour law on workers in 30 countries. It analyses trade union and labour activists’ responses to changes in labour law, and examines what labour law means for workers’ daily lives. Each chapter representing a country can be downloaded country wise for download below.
Shree Jee International, a shoe factory in Agra, India which exports to the UK and Ireland caught fire on 24 May 2002. 42 workers died in the accident and 11 were injured. One injured worker died on 29 May in hospital.
Between 200 and 250 workers were in the factory when the fire erupted. At the time of the accident the only door at the entrance of the factory was locked and its seven windows were heavily secured.
Is the Internet a common shared public resource, which symbolises free speech in society or is it just a medium to enhance corporate globalisation and a delivery system for neo-liberal agenda? This was one of the issues discussed in the Asia Internet Rights Conference which was held in Seoul from 8 to 12 November 2001.
A safe and healthy work environment is the basic right of every worker. However, the global situation falls far short of this right. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than 125 million workers are victims of occupational accidents and disease in a single year. Of these approximately 220,000 workers die and about 10 million are seriously disabled.