Some may remember that on April 24, 2013, a garment factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,130 workers and injuring 2,500. Since then, global clothing companies and U.N. agencies have been working with the Bangladesh government to improve safety standards. One of the main regulations established includes a disclosure agreement. However, at this time, only 17 companies are now meeting the minimum disclosure standards. And only “29 of 72 recently contacted companies are releasing information about how they source their products in Bangladesh.”
Jordan saw a 22 percent rise in labor protests in 2016. One report, released by the Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies stated:
“The concentrated number of labor protests reflects the deep socioeconomic crisis which Jordan is going through. These are indications of the continuing deterioration of decent work conditions, of low and fluctuating salaries, of the evasion of health insurance and of rising taxes.
In Argentina, the first national strike in 16 months got a bit extreme when security forces started using water cannons and tear gas to control picketers earlier this month.
And in South Africa, nearly 2,000 miners are currently on strike at Barberton Mines Company over a decrease in their monthly bonus payment.