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Trading Away Our Rights

ISBN: 9780855985233
This report reveals the double standards at the heart of the corporate practices that are emerging under globalisation. Companies' demands for faster, more flexible, and cheaper production in their supply chains are undermining the very labour standards that they claim to be promoting. Women workers - and their families - pay the price.

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  • Synopsis
    Globalisation and trade have drawn millions of women in developing countries into paid work. Their labour is contributing to rising global prosperity and the profits of some of the world's most powerful companies. But women workers are systematically being denied their fair share of the benefits from their labour. Failure to address this injustice will perpetuate a model of globalisation that is failing poor people. This report reveals the double standards at the heart of the corporate practices that are emerging under globalisation. Companies' demands for faster, more flexible, and cheaper production in their supply chains are undermining the very labour standards that they claim to be promoting. Women workers - and their families - pay the price. Many face insecure contracts, intense production pressure, and intimidation in the workplace. Governments, competing to attract investment and boost exports, have too often exacerbated the problem. Instead of strengthening protection for labour rights, they have simply traded them away.
  • Table of Contents
    Summary
    Introduction

    1. Employed, yes - but precariously
    Facing precarious employment
    Hidden costs beyond the workplace

    2. Squeezed down the supply chain
    The rise of global sourcing companies
    Employers' strategies down the chain
    Governments' strategies on labour laws and practices

    3. Clothing the world
    Worldwide manufacturers face retailer and brand power
    Hemmed in: pressure down the supply chain
    Factory managers: passing it on the workers

    4. Injustices in the fields
    Worldwide growers face supermarket superpowers
    Freshly squeezed: pressure down the supply chain
    Farm managers: passing it on to workers

    5. Making trade work for women as workers
    Recommendations
    Appendix
    Notes
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    Number of Pages 112
    Format Paperback / softback