Export Processing Zones
Millions of workers throughout the world work in Export Processing Zones or EPZs. Most of them are young women, who may have migrated to find work but are only offered temporary contracts with low levels of pay and substandard working conditions. Precarious work is endemic in EPZs. Electronics is the principal IMF industry found in EPZs and IMF is working with its affiliates to encourage organising efforts. An important factor in successful organising is to ensure that women are adequately represented in the trade union and play a central role in EPZ organising.
Five workers were immediately crushed to death and seven more injured when a 42-ton elevated ramp fell on workers at Keppel Subic Shipyard on October 7. Later the same day one of the seven injured workers died in hospital in Olongapo. The MWAP denounces lax safety standards.Oct 12, 2011
The government of Sri Lanka withdrew a new Employee Pension Benefit Fund Bill on June 3 after massive protests. One worker was killed and hundreds injured during workers’ strikes on May 31. IMF condemns the attack on workers and supports ITUC’s call for solidarity.Jun 22, 2011