Global unions urge more brands to sign new Bangladesh Accord

9 October 2017 -- Richard Elliott

Geneva, 9 October 2017—Global unions, IndustriALL and UNI, are demanding fashion brands sign up to the second Bangladesh Accord for Building and Fire Safety. The extension of the Bangladesh Accord is currently the only credible way to ensure that life-threatening hazards are identified and remediated in garment factories.

So far, almost 50 brands using 1,173 ready-made garment factories, have committed to signing the 2018 Accord with IndustriALL and UNI. The 2018 Accord extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh for three more years.

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Amazon hit with 250 million euro tax bill by the European Union

6 October 2017 -- tom.myers.478

Global e-commerce giant Amazon has been slapped with a 250 million euro tax bill by the European Union after it was alleged that the company had been given an unfair tax deal in Luxembourg. At the UNI Amazon Organising meeting in Barcelona, union leaders applauded the EU decision to force Amazon to pay their fair share of tax.

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World sport ministers call for action on athletes’ rights

12 September 2017 -- Johannes.Herber

(Nyon. Switzerland) The world’s sport ministers have identified safeguarding athletes’ rights as an essential first step to protecting the integrity of sport. The Kazan Action Plan calls on the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, the World Players Association and other international sporting organisations as well as intergovernmental bodies to collaboratively set standards to address the fundamental rights of athletes.

The action plan identifies that salient risks to athletes include:

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