Phillippinne Workers Strike for Press Freedom in Britain

Authors

  • - The Editors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-042-10-1991-03_6

Keywords:

History, Media, Labor

Abstract

We want to tell MR readers about what is at once a worrying tale of abuse of global economic power and an encouraging story of international solidarity. In March 1990, the William Baird Company, the third largest textile group in Britain, initiated libel proceedings against a small U.K-based magazine, International Labour Reports, and three writers because of an article about the company's wholly-owned subsidiary in the Bataan Export Processing Zone in the Philippines—the International Garment Manufacturing Corporation, Ltd. The article alleged that the company had refused to pay the one thousand women it employed the statutory minimum wage increases decreed by the Government of the Philippines in July 1989, had locked the workers out, and subsequently closed down the plant.

Published

1991-03-06

Issue

Section

Articles