in the news 20180105 – 20180112


* Despite 2nd fastest wage bump in Asia, Vietnamese workers barely make ends meet

* Ten new decrees to guide FTA tariff cuts


* Factory workers fired for protesting

* Garment factory fires nearly 600

* Workers to hawk factory machines

* Court summons ex-trade unionist

* Truck accident leaves more than 41 workers injured

* Employers required to pay more into NSSF for workers

* Drop in garment workers fainting

* A Kampot school makes a spirited crusade against mass faintings
“Mass fainting seems to be an outcry of protest by disempowered workers whose misery is made more acute by their factory work,”


* Myanmar ups minimum wage as economy staggers


* Shoe factory catches fire at Nazirabazar

* 301 Alliance-linked units complete remediation

* Minimum wage board office besieged in Dhaka

* BGMEA distributes insurance cheques to RMG workers’ nominees

* BGMEA election takes a dramatic turn

* RMG sector facing skilled manpower crisis: FBCCI presiden Bangladesh Garment
Manufacturers and Exporters Association vice-president (finance) Mohammed Nasir said RMG factories have to pay $4 billion every year to the foreign nationals particularly Indians, Sri Lankans and Chinese, who is working currently in Bangladeshi factories.

* Khulna jute mills demo enters 8th day

* BEZA permit must for EZ units to sell goods locally

* Exports rise 7% in Jul-Dec


* Fire engulfs garment factory; narrow escape for workers

* Powerloom weavers to launch nation-wide demonstrations for GST after Union Budget

* FOSTTA wants garment hub in Surat to reduce impact of GST on textile sector


* Biz meet to showcase local garments trade

* 12 lakh farmers seek ₹6,000 cr. from private seed companies

* Amid groundnut woes, state govt gets cotton breather

* 350 mills to stop purchase of cotton waste from Tamil Nadu

* Five cotton-ginning workers dead, 15 injured in a road accident in Telangana

* Louis Vuitton group plans to invest over Rs 3,000 crore in Ramdev’s Patanjali


* Rauf Siddiqui declared accused in Baldia factory fire case, told to face trial in ATC

* Rauf Siddiqui made part of Baldia Factory investigation

* Rauf Siddiqui’s name included among suspects

* Workers, activists demand ban on use of asbestos
NTUF deputy secretary general Nasir Mansoor, health and safety expert Mirza Shahid Baig, Home-based Women Workers Federation’s secretary general Zehra Khan, Gul Rehman and Mushtaq Ali Shan spoke at the seminar.

They said asbestos was chiefly found in the mines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it was widely used in construction, manufacturing of pipes and boilers etc.

Besides, they said, the substance was also used in manufacturing of fireproof products, plaster decoration, textiles, garments, cement, automobile and shipping industries.

* PRGMEA in favour of abolishing duties on cotton yarn

* Textile package not enough to save export sector

* NPLs increase to Rs188 billion, Senate panel informed

* 55 Pakistani companies showcase textile products in Frankfurt
Despite GSP Plus status since 2014, Pakistan has been unable to improve its penetration into the European market while other competitors increased their share in EU trade.


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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
Them a piece of my mind
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