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China Labour Bulletin

Founded in 1994 by labour activist Han Dongfang, China Labour Bulletin seeks to uphold and defend the rights of workers across China. We support the development of democratic trade unions, respect for and enforcement of the country’s labour laws, and the full participation of workers in the creation of civil society. We also seek the official recognition in China of international standards and conventions providing for workers’ freedom of association and the right to free collective bargaining.

We are based in Hong Kong and have close links with trade unions and other NGOs around the world, as well as with numerous partner groups in mainland China. Over the last 13 years, CLB has grown from a small monitoring and research group into a proactive outreach organisation with a wide range of domestic and international programmes and initiatives.

Adresse:P.O.Box 11362, General Post Office, Hong Kong

Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG) (...)

The Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG) is a Canadian coalition of faith, labour, teacher and non-governmental organizations advocating for government policies, voluntary codes of conduct and ethical purchasing policies that promote humane labour practices based on accepted international labour standards. ETAG promotes greater public access to information on where and under what conditions clothes, shoes and other consumer products are made, and greater transparency in monitoring and verification of company compliance with international labour standards and local laws.


European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

The ETUC was set up in 1973 to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions. t present, the ETUC has in membership 76 National Trade Union Confederations from 34 European countries, as well as 11 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members, plus observer organisations in Macedonia and Serbia.

Address : International Trade Union House (ITUH), Boulevard Roi Albert II, 5, B-1210 Brussels - BELGIUM
Phone: +32 (0)2-224 04 11
Fax: +32 (0)2-224 04 54 or +32 (0)2-224 04 55
Email: etuc AT

International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF)

ILRF is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide, which is committed to overcoming the problems of child labor, forced labor, and other abusive labor practices. It promotes enforcement of labor rights internationally through public education and mobilization, research, litigation, legislation, and collaboration with labor, government and business groups.

Address : 2001 S St., NW #420
Washington, DC 20009 - USA
Phone: (202) 347-4100
Fax: (202) 347-4885

IRENE (International Restructuring Education Network Europe)

IRENE has been stimulating and facilitating the exchange of information on labour issues since 1981 and has contacts, resources and a European programme of work which covers current international labour issues. It is an international network on development education that aims to integrate international labour issues in NGOs’ and trade unions’ mainstream education and campaign programmes.

IRENE is set up to strengthen international workers solidarity. By organising international seminars and workshops, it gives attention to new areas of work and provides new inputs in existing work. IRENE’s activities stimulate the exchange between organisations in the South and the North and within Europe.

The core question of IRENE’s work is how are workers (women and men), in different regions of the world, affected by international restructuring in the industrial and services sector. The outcome of IRENE’s work is published in the bulletin « News from IRENE ».

Address : Stationsstraat 39
5038 EC Tilburg Nederlands
Phone : +31.13.535 15 23
Fax : +31.13.544 25 78
Email :
Website :

Labour Behind the Label

Labour Behind the Label is a UK network of associations which works to support garments workers worldwide in their efforts to improve their working conditions. The group works through awareness raising, information provision and encouraging international solidarity between workers and consumers. LBL produces campaigns targeting specific companies and publications on the issues of workers rights.

Address: 38 Exchange Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AX - UK
Phone: 01603 666160
Email: info AT

Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN)

MSN is a Canadian-based labour rights and solidarity organization committed to decent work and wages for garment workers worldwide. MSN’s program combines research, policy advocacy, corporate campaigning and engagement, coalition building, international networking and solidarity. MSN acts as the Canadian contact point for corporate campaigns and CSR engagement, monitoring the labour practices of Canadian, US and European retailers, brand merchandisers and apparel manufacturers, engaging with companies whenever possible and mobilizing public pressure for improved policies and practices when necessary. The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) acts as the secretariat for ETAG (Ethical Trading Action Group).

Address : 606 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6G 3L6 - CANADA
Phone: 416-532-8584
Fax: 416-532-7688
Email: info AT

No Sweat

No Sweat is an activist campaign organisation. The group seeks to help unionise sweatshops in Britain as well as publicise, expose and help stamp out sweatshop employment throughout the world. No Sweat organises campaigns through local groups, conferences and develops actions of solidarity sweatshop workers and their organisations. Their website holds briefings on the situation of certain companies.

Address: No Sweat, PO Box 36707, London SW9 8YA - UK
Phone: 07904 431 959
Email: admin AT

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

WIEGO is a global research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. It does so by highlighting the size, composition, characteristics, and contribution of the informal economy through improved statistics and research; by helping to strengthen member-based organizations informal workers; and by promoting policy dialogues and processes that include representatives of informal worker organizations. The common motivation for those who join the network is the relative lack of recognition, understanding, and support for the working poor in the informal economy, especially women, by policy makers, economic planners, and the international development community. WIEGO was established in 1997.

WIEGO Secretariat
Address : Harvard University 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Phone: 1-617-496-1310
Fax: 1-617-496-2828

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