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    Justice And Humanity Evasive In Hong Kong

    September 11, 2003

    6 September 2000 was just another working day for Nib Bahadur Sunar in Hong Kong. He was happy with his job at the Tin-Wo-Engineering company that was subcontracted by the construction giant Paul Y-ITC Construction Holdings, a Hong Kong-based company that has construction projects in seven countries in the Asia Pacific region.

    Paul Y-ITC in turn was contracted by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) that carries over two million persons every day.
    It was Sunar’s sixth day in this job. As one of four ‘steel fixers’ he loaded 20 to 30 12-metre steel reinforcing rods into a rod-bending machine. Sunar’s job was to hold the rods while the machine bent them.
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    Kader Fire Aftermath: Industrial Failure

    May 11, 2003

    By ED SHEPHERD
    A man working next door to the factory when the fire broke out said, “I was upstairs in our work-room when one of the employees who happened to be looking out of the window cried that there was a fire around the corner. I rushed downstairs, and when I reached the sidewalk the girls were already jumping from the windows. None of them moved after they struck the sidewalk … Bodies were falling all around us … They stood on the windowsills tearing their hair out in the handfuls and then they jumped.” The above could be a description of recent industrial fires with hundreds of deaths and injuries in Thailand or China, but the statement was made on 25 March 1911 by the junior partner of Levy and Son, adjacent to the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York, USA.
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    The Coal Mines of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

    October 11, 2002

    By Sanjiv Pandita

    This report is based on the occupational safety and health needs assessment exercise that was carried out by Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC), South Asian Research and Development Initiative (SARDI) and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) in collaboration with the Indian National Mine Workers Federation (INMWF affiliated to the Indian National Trade Union Congress) on behalf of the Asian Workers’ Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Institute (OHSEI). The exercise was carried out in the coal mining region of Dhanbad, Jharkhand state (previously part of Bihar) in India.

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    Agate Workers Of Khambhat,Gujarat

    August 28, 2002

    The Khambhat region in Gujarat,India was and remains famous for its agate stone polishing for hundreds of years.Polishing agate is predominantly a homebased industry here, with more than 30,000 people engaged in this trade. This occupation, however, is still a death trap for workers, many of who have died of silicosis (see box on next page) and continue to suffer today.

    Sanjiv pandita

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    Health Hazards in the Semiconductor Industry

    March 11, 2000

    By Sanjiv Pandita
    Semiconductor manufacturing is one of the most hazardous and polluting industries. Yet not many people know about it, as the smokeless manufacturing units are generally perceived to be very clean and safe’. In reality, however, thousands of workers are dead, dying, or diseased because of the hazardous chemicals and radiation used in the manufacturing process. The industry itself has a nasty reputation for hiding the truth and many times even ‘crushing’ attempts to reveal the truth. The semiconductor industry is notoriously union repressive. This is evident from the fact that there is almost no visible trade union in hi-tech manufacturing all around the globe in spite of its existence for more than four decades.

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