in the news 1-8 February 2018


* Workers slam frequent fires in factories


* Over 100 Vietnamese workers hospitalised with food poisoning


* Protests after Chinese factory owner flees

* PM: Investigate fainting causes

* Hun Sen says no need for labour courts, proposes solution to mass faintings

* Jump in fainting cases in 2017 for garment workers

* PM wants investigation into fainting workers, students

* Nearly 200 faint from factory fumes over three days
-“We work seven days a week, and Monday through Friday we work from 7am to 8pm,” ..

* Pesticides blamed for second day of factory fainting
More than 140 workers fainted at the Senduno Knitting factory yesterday after nearly 100 workers fainted the previous afternoon in Takeo province’s Bati district.

* No labour court needed, says PM

* Amid political tensions, trade with US on the rise


* 200,000 jobs created under NLD: government
…said the government should reconsider the minimum wage in the garment sector as there are more than 400 garment factories.
These factories employ about 400,000 workers.


* GWTUC wants withdrawal of case against leaders, workers

* UK buyers should put their money where their mouth is

* Ensure ethical prices of RMG, govt tells EU

* European Commission warns BD again of improving labour situation before GSP goes


* New platform of garment TUs demands minimum wage at Tk 16,000

* Minimum wage for tailoring sector proposed at Tk 4,850


* Fire at Gazipur RMG factory
An apparel factory caught fire in Jarun area of the city on Wednesday.
The fire erupted on the 2nd floor of ‘Greenland Garments’ around 1:15pm, said Gazipur Fire Service assistant deputy director Akhtaruzzaman Liton.
Seven units of fire service doused the flame after two hours of frantic efforts, he said.
No casualty was reported in the incident.
to read:

* Fire at Ctg garment factory

* Gazipur fire burns 30 garment waste warehouses


* Primary textile sector facing gas, power shortages: BTMA

* January export earnings highest in 5 months

* Bangladesh garments exports up 7.57%


* BKMEA seeks EU GSP even after graduation to mid-income

* BGMEA panel threatens legal action as board tenure extended

* Bgmea turned into a platform for amassing political power

* Defaulter textile millers to be blacklisted

* BTMA warns of action against members involved in loan scams

* Chinese fabrics, dyeing millers shifting business to Bangladesh


* Labour Right: How well are female workers protected by the law?


* Indian workers clash with fashion bosses as union activity rises

* E-comm cos may help Tirupur textile producers to reach customers at doorstep

* Mega gains for micro biz; leg up for leather, textiles

* Bt cotton doubled production, minimised harm by pest: Govt

* 4 yrs on, Modi’s ‘5F’ promise with Malwa’s cotton growers no closer to reality

* Experts prefer bamboo over cotton for cloth


* Textile leaders meet commercial tax commissioner


* Baldia factory fire: Outsourcing Risk
Investigating the Ali Enterprises Factory Fire on 11 September 2012

Forensic Architecture was asked by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) to carry out an architectural analysis of the fire that destroyed the Ali Enterprises textile factory on 11 September 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.
Inadequate fire safety measures at the company, a supplier for the German clothes retailer KiK, led to the deaths of 260 factory workers.
This investigation uncovers the many ways in which design and management decisions not only failed to prevent injury and causalities, but in fact augmented the
death toll…


* Industrialists oppose Rs25,000-per-month minimum wage

* Powerloom workers
Powerloom workers besieged the offices of the city police officer and the deputy commissioner on Tuesday to press the government to ensure issue of wages according to the official notification.

Carrying banners, the workers chanted slogans against a state minister and both officers and alleged the minister had been favouring factory owners.
They said a couple of days ago they had informed the labour secretary at a meeting that factory owners were not paying fixed wages to them.
They said the secretary had promised to form a task force to inspect the factories but so far nothing had been done.
to read (2nd item) :

* Apparel sector assured of govt support

* Textile sector’s woes to be addressed: minister

* Ginners ask govt to stop import of pest-infested cotton

* Rewarding wealth instead of work


* Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields


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