GENEVA — Representatives of global labor unions lashed out last week at what they described as the exploitation of millions of workers in the textiles, apparel and footwear industries in developing countries. In particular, they singled out China as an area of concern in the apparel and textile industry, given its growing market dominance.

At the annual meeting here of the International Labour Organization, speakers also urged governments and the international community to act to deter serious abuses of workers’ basic rights that have become a by-product of multinational corporations’ drive to cut manufacturing costs.

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