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Today on Your Call: How are labor conditions in the global economy monitored?

A sweatshop in Bangladesh
Photograph: Panos

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about labor organizations, which audit companies accused of poor labor practices. The recent audit of Foxconn factories in China has revealed wage and overtime violations. How do these monitoring groups work? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallraido.org. What kind of leverage do auditors have on multinationals? And what effect have they had over the past few decades? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Scott Nova,  Executive Director of the Worker Rights Consortium

James McMichael, Vice President of Level Works Limited

Mark Anner, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Coordinator of the Project for Global Workers' Rights at Penn State University

Web Resources:

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)

Level Works Limited

Steven Greenhouse, NY Times: Labor Audit on Foxconn Is Thorough, Experts Say

Adam Matthews, Pulitzer Center: China's bloody factories - A problem bigger than Foxconn

Rachel Louise Snyder, Sydney Morning Herald: For an ethical iPhone, Apple should look to clothing and Cambodia

Neon Tommy: Students' Sweatshop Simulation Draws Attention To Labor Rights Violations

Michelle Chen, In These Times: Labor Campaign Calls on Olympic Brand Companies to Play Fair

Kevin Douglas Grant, Global Post: Garment workers, the London Olympics and 'fair play'

Fiona Ranford, UK Feminista: Nike's exploitation of female workers - sacked for being pregnant, abused at work