in the news 20171229 – 20180105

                                                    in the news 20171229 – 20180105


* ‘Workers to seek protection in the workplace this year’


* Salary reform is a driving force for high labour productivity

* Garment sector eyes $34b exports

* Foreign investment funds making huge profits in Vietnam

* Heavy penalties imposed on people hiring child labour


* Garment factory shutters, leaving hundreds unpaid

* Workers protest after factory owner flees

* Workers win their demands

* Factory workers to continue protest
Nearly 7,000 textile factory workers demanding better working conditions

* Workers block road in protest
Workers at an apparel factory in Kandal province will continue protests this week

* Workers block road in protest
Workers at an apparel factory in Kandal province protests

* Minister warns unions

* New worker benefits take effect

* NSSF gives bonuses to new mothers

* Amid government talk of ‘revolution’, unions let anniversary of fatal Veng Sreng protests pass unmarked


* Daily minimum wage set to fix Ks4800

* National wage panel approves K4800 minimum wage

* Suu Kyi govt ups Myanmar minimum wage as economy staggers

* Cost of living in Myanmar increases

* Garment industry must raise value proposition to stay sustainable


* Unprecedented disregard for the life and dignity of workers

* Set Tk 16,000 as minimum wage for garment workers: GWTUC

* Rising living cost hits poor hard: CAB

* Fire at N’ganj textile mill
no report of any casualty

* 426 workers die in workplaces in 2017

* Safety, compliance lead garments sector In Bangladesh

* 4,857 killed in workplace accidents in 11 yrs: Report

* Deaths in workplace accidents on rise

* 2017: No good year for workers

* 200 shanties burnt in fire at cap factory in Baunia slum

* Workplaces yet to be friendly for women: speakers


* Minimum wage for tannery workers proposed at Tk 13,500

* Robots coming: Supporting workers, rather than jobs

* Tannery estate not worker-friendly yet

* Urbanise tannery estate area

Hidden pipeline releasing chromium into Dhaleshwari

* Gender Gap Report 2017 and Bangladesh- a review

* Khulna jute mills’ work abstention enters 5th day

* Jute mill workers observe strike for wage commission

* Looming threat of reverse labour force migration
The entry of a European robot company in Bangladesh eying to automate 3.0 million manufacturing jobs is more than a threat of job loss.

* ACC sues Rana Plaza owner over TK25cr undeclared wealth


* Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss

* Brands lace up to map ‘invisible’ shoemakers in south India

* Jagan promises fair deal to weavers

* Spinners to see better times from March quarter: Report

* Govt unlikely to slow down ‘labour reforms’ in 2018

* Another textile bizman commits suicide in Tirupur

* Textile industry tries to cope with a knotty GST

* Apparel and textiles park to come up near Patna: Sushil Modi

* Cotton farmers advised to turn to other crops

* Seed cos threaten to stop making Bt cotton seeds

* Cotton pesticide claims life of yet another farmer in Tamil Nadu


* Baldia factory fire case: ATC rejects Rehman Bhola’s bail plea

* Main suspect in Baldia factory fire retracts confessional statement

* Cotton production up by 7.2%

* Mechanical cotton picking to help address shortage of labour

* NA panel okays national centre to counter extremism
The National Assembly Committee on Interior on Tuesday approved two bills – one seeking the establishment of a national center for countering extremism and the other for ensuring transparency in the payment of minimum wages.

* APTMA seeks policy for revival of industry

* Garment manufacturers back new finance team to overcome deficit

* Industry hopes textile exports will jump to $13b this year


* Asian factories end robust 2017 on mixed note


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The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

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And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
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