Thursday, March 18, 2004

AFL-CIO Petitions Bush Administration to Take Action Against China's Treatment of Workers

Arguing that 700,000 U.S. workers have lost their jobs due to worker repression in China, the AFL-CIO has petitioned the Bush administration to pressure the Chinese government to increase wages and improve working conditions there. The AFL-CIO is arguing that worker repression in China constitutes an unreasonable trade practice that violates U.S. law.

Harold Meyerson has the real story here.

The petition and other information can be found here. Section VI-D, starting on Page 49, contains a lengthy discussion of workplace health and safety conditions in China.