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    Stone Crushers Of Godhara

    October 15, 2005

    Godhara is known for stone crushing units. Way back,in 1980-81, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) requested the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) to conduct a study of ambient air in the Godhara GIDC area. The NIOH team visited the area and suggested that a study of the stone workplaces instead of ambient air was more important. GIDC accepted the suggestion. NIOH’s study found a very high amount of silica dust, total and respirable. The report noted that dust levels were so high that silicosis could be contracted after only six months exposure! Following this report Professor Upendra Bakshi, then Vice-Chancellor of South Gujarat University through Girish Patel, a local human rights lawyer, filed public interest litigation in Gujarat High Court. Later, compensation claims were filed but none is known to have received compensation. Later the then Factory Inspector, after retiring, told me that he had identified 1,000 cases of silicosis in villages around Godhara.

    Jagdish Patel
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    HAZARDS IN CAMBODIAN GARMENT FACTORIES

    April 11, 2005

    KONG ATHIT
    Using the Tack Fat factory as an example, this report looks at common hazards faced daily by workers in the garment factories of Cambodia. The report gives some idea about working conditions related to occupational safety and heath. As a result of the globalisation of trade, this statement shows how those workers suffered from the Multifibre Arrangement garment and textile quota system that supplied the US and EU until this year, and the ongoing special agreement between the Cambodian and US governments for garment and textiles production.
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    OSH Training For Burmese Workers In Thailand

    January 11, 2005

    SANJIV PANDITA
    Mae-Sot is a town bordering Burma in the Tak province of Thailand. There are about 100,000 Burmese migrant workers working in Mae Sot predominantly in garment factories but also in the construction and agricultural sectors. The working conditions in the garment factories are pretty dismal; workers have to work for very long hours with very low wages and almost no rights.Many organisations working in the area have elaborately documented the labour rights and human rights situation in the area.
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    Struggle for justice case study of an asbestos victim

    September 11, 2004

    Sri Mangabhai Patel is an asbestos victim from India. He worked for the thermal power plant in Ahmedabad that was the capital of the State of Gujarat until 1970,after which the capital was transferred to Gandhinagar.

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    KAROSHI AND KAROJISATSU IN JAPAN

    July 11, 2004

    SUGIO FURUYA
    Karoshi is a Japanese word meaning death from overwork. It was first identified in Japan, and the word is adopted internationally. The term has been used since the 1970s by progressive medical experts, occupational safety and health (OSH) activists, trade unionists, and lawyers.
    Since the 1980s, the media has covered this issue intensely.Karoshi reflects the contradictions of Japan’s industrial growth, partly achieved through sacrificing Japanese workers.Since the latter half of the 1980s, karojisatsu (suicide from overwork) has also become a big social issue in Japan.Under the rationalisation and restructuring following
    the bursting of the bubble economy, the suicide rate among the working-age population has increased dramatically.
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