Multinational Monitor

This magazine tracks and analyzes corporate activity, especially in the Third World and publishes articles on labor issues, such as worker health and safety, union issues, privatization and more.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1-2, January-February

After NAFTA: Chiapas Uprising
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, MEXICO - This January, while walking on the rain-slicked, cobbled sidewalks of San Cristobal de las Casas, in highland Chiapas, I was approached by a well-dressed stranger who had run across the street to ask me about the...
After NAFTA: Worker Rights
The Clinton Administration had barely finished celebrating its victory on the North American Free Trade Agreement before workers' rights were violated anew in Mexico. Since NAFTA was approved by the U.S. Congress, more than 21 women workers have...
Agenda for Sustainability
Multinational Monitor: What are the most pressing environmental problems in the Philippines? Maximo Kalaw: The environmental movement is now focused on sustainable development. Poverty and destruction of natural capital are the two major problems....
Aid for Dependent Corporations
U.S. taxpayers will pay more in 1994 for programs to aid corporations than they will for programs designed to help the poor, according to a survey released in January by Essential Information. Programs to aid U.S. corporations in 1994 will cost taxpayers...
Battery Assault: The Recycling Myth
MANILA - Workers at the Parker Batteries plant, one of a number of small battery recyclers located in the back streets of Manila, gasp for air in unventilated rooms filled with sulfuric acid fumes. The workers, who wear no protective clothing, exhibit...
Caught in the Debt Trap
Multinational Monitor: What are the main activities of the Freedom From Debt Coalition? Men Sta. Ana: Public education is our essential task. We would like to say that we have gained a lot in terms of our public education work, and this is borne out...
Challenging Martial Law in the Factories
Multinational Monitor: Mat is the profile of the Philippine trade union movement? Crispin Beltran: The trade union movement in the Philippines is very weak, in the sense that only about 10-15 percent of the labor force, which is about 27 million people,...
Land Scam: Agrarian "Reform," Ramos Style
MANILA - Across the Philippines, tens of thousands of hectares of agricultural land are undergoing "conversion" - the official metaphor for exclusion from land reform - leaving tens of thousands of hand-to-mouth farmers landless, restless and angry....
The Chlorine-Breast Cancer Link
The chemical and paper industries face rising calls for the elimination of chlorine-based chemicals, as the evidence linking them to breast cancer and other health problems increases. Since the 1940s, the incidence of breast cancer has more than...
The Politics of Economic Chaos in the Philippines
MANILA - Philippine President Fidel Ramos fears the future may be slipping away. The gap between the booming economies of the Asian tigers (Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore) and the emerging tigers (Malaysia, Thailand), and the Philippines...