in the news 20180119 – 20180125


* China’s doorway to North Korea feels sanctions pinch


* Vietnam’s garment workers dangling on a thread at bottom of income divide: Oxfam

* Despite high number of female Vietnamese labourers, inequality persists

* VN is world’s second largest shoes exporter


* More than 120 workers faint at Adidas supplier in Koh Kong

* Bad smell causes faintings…

* Garment sector looking to tackle road accidents

* Labour union sued by factory

* Garment factory owner asks minister for help

* Former union leader summoned to court again

* Unionists mark anniversary of Chea Vichea killing, while brother skips court

* Call to investigate union leader’s murder

* Report shows little sign of improvement at factories

* Working conditions improving in garment factories: ILO

* Cambodia’s low rate of unemployment doesn’t tell whole story, report finds

* Labour Ministry signs pact with US agency


* Thailand to increase minimum wages for migrant workers from April 1


* More investment made in Thilawa SEZ this year


* TUs demand Tk 16,000 as minimum wage for garment worker

* RMG labour assocs demand Tk 16,000 as minimum wage

* RMG labour orgs want Tk 16,000 as minimum wage

* BGMEA, TU leaders meet Thursday to discuss wage hike
negotiations with labour leaders starts Jan 25

* Bangladesh moves to revise minimum wage for garment workers

* Top CEOs take 4 days to earn a Bangladesh worker’s life pay

* Minimum wage for RMG workers: What do stakeholders think?

* Factories’ disregard for environment
Uncontrolled disposal of waste

* Govt relaxes rules for giving cash incentives to garment makers

* Ratified ILO conventions ignored: rights activists

* Global brand to pay for safe workplace in BD garments

* Global apparel brand agrees to fix Bangladesh factory flaws

* Global brand to pay $2.3m in complaint settlement

* Unions reach $2.3m settlement on Bangladesh textile factory safety


* High-value apparels

* AUTOMATION IN APPAREL: Boon or bane for Bangladesh?


* Khulna jute mill workers are starving
More than 25,000 workers of eight jute mills in Jessore and Khulna began continuous protests to press home their 11-point demand, halting the production of these factories. ..

* Half of unpaid wages of jute workers to be cleared: minister

* Fire guts jhut warehouse in Ctg
Fire gutted valuables, worth Tk 3 lakh, at a jhut (scrap fabrics from garment factories) warehouse in Aturar Depot area in Chittagong city early yesterday, said fire officials.
The fire originated from a cigarette butt in the warehouse around 3:00am, they added.
Fire fighters managed to douse the blaze after five hours’ frantic effort.

* Bangladesh seeks duty-free access for RMG to Russia


* Seminar on Grievance Redressal for Garment Workers

* Toll-free number brings legal aid to Indian garment workers

* Powerloom weavers, traders upset over CMO’s tweet

* Sanction powerloom cluster to Sircilla: Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao to Centre

* Textile industry assured of amicable solution to GST issues

* Maharashtra cuts cotton forecast on worm infestation

* 85% of pest-hit cotton fields uninsured, aid may be halved


* Health facilities, safety measures for labourers at workplace demanded
Photo by NTUF.

* Activists blame government negligence, obstinate employers for workers’ deaths

* Powerloom owners for curbing speculation in yarn

* PM assures issues of ginners and cotton growers will be addressed

* Baldia factory fire victims’ families to receive pensions from February

* Heirs of Baldia factory fire victims to get monthly pension

Photo by Zehra Khan.

Oversight committee meting on compensation disbursement of 5.1m$ for Baldia factory fire victims heirs was held in Karachi.
Great day for labour movement of Pakistan, after 5 years of long tireless struggle of victims’families and NTUF.
Thanks to ECCHR for raising the issue in Germany.

* Rauf gets interim bail in Baldia factory fire case

* Cotton import to touch $1.20 billion in 2018 on output shortfall, duty cut on import


* Canada’s new corporate behaviour office is just a start
….From labour rights violations in Vietnam, to human rights abuses attendant historically to mining operations abroad, to the hell-opening-up memories of the collapse of Rana Plaza, globalized business bears an ugly rap sheet. I’m not condemning all business here. I am condemning some of them…..


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

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
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