in the news 8-15 February 2018


* Workers in Đồng Nai receive delayed salary
Authorities in the southern province of Đồng Nai on February 11 used their own budget to pay the salary and Lunar New Year (Tết) bonus for two thousand workers of a company whose managers have fled the country.

On the morning of February 11, representatives from Đồng Nai Labour Federation and the provincial labour and social affairs department came to the South Korea-invested textile and garment manufacturer KL Texwell Vina based in Bàu Xéo Industrial Park, Trảng Bom District to organise payments.

Vietnam News Agency reported that from early morning, nearly 2,000 workers of the company lined up under tight security, waiting for their turn….

* South Korean firm leaves 2,000 textile workers out of pocket for Tet

*  Workers receive free tickets to return to hometown for Tết

* FDI enterprises pay lowest taxes despite high profits

* Vietnam must take advantage of trade deals

* Textile exports to China growing


* Workers demand release of jailed union leaders

* Ministry meets with protesting garment workers following factory closures

* Workers protest factory shutdowns

* Garment workers protest over unpaid wages

* Committee on factory faintings convenes for first time

* How short-term contracts are putting Cambodia’s pregnant factory workers in a precarious position

* GMAC asks for delay on truck ban

* New US legislation would impose more sanctions on Cambodia, ban negotiations on debt relief


* International community eyes investing in industrial zones in Yangon


* Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Boom Leaving Workers Behind

* Govt eases conditions of trade unionism

* ILO finds govt step on membership threshold for TU inadequate

* European MPs expect ‘less confrontation, hostility’ in coming months

* Govt plans labour courts in Sylhet, Rangpur


* Accord cuts ties with 37 more RMG factories

* Man-made fibres getting popular among RMG makers

* ‘Technology will define the future of Bangladeshi apparel’

* Train garment workers to save their jobs amid automation: experts

* Bangladesh RMG industry should be fashion-focused

* Bangladesh apparel products losing ground in US markets

* Gas shortage holds back textile sector: BTMA

* 30 factories to face sudden NBR drive
ILLEGAL FOREIGN WORKERS -On average, 11,000 foreigners have tax files with the NBR though different agencies including the NBR suspect that the number of foreign workers in the country to be several lakhs, mostly from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and some western countries.
They are mostly working in textile, readymade garment, engineering, manufacturing and services sectors. ..

* Govt plans ‘textile village’ under PPP (public-private partnership)


* Suicide at Indian spinning mill sparks child labour investigation

* Third powerloom worker dies in 15 days in Muradnagar, protests break out

* One dies in Karol Bagh garment factory fire
A 35-year-old labourer was killed when a major fire broke out in a garment factory in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh in the early hours on Saturday. The deceased died of asphyxiation, the police said…

* Fire in Delhi’s Karol Bagh kills one person


* New textile policy soon

* Smriti Irani highlights achievements & key initiatives of textile ministry

* Hike in remission of state levies funds to boost textile export: Textile Minister Smriti Irani


* Pest attack has killed crops and hopes of 41 lakh farmers in Maharashtra

* Maharashtra farmers fight attack of the pests

* To curb illegal HT cotton, Andhra bans herbicide

* Drop in yields, cotton output estimates lowered in region


* Five years on, MQM-P leader Rauf Siddiqui, nine others indicted in Baldia factory fire case

* MPA Rauf Siddiqui, nine others indicted in Baldia factory fire case


* Minimum wage: Fact or fiction?

* Sindh govt announces first ever labour policy draft

* Govt unveils first Sindh Labour Policy 2018

* PTI has incorporated textile industry’s suggestions in its manifesto, Imran tells APTMA

* Sindh govt told to provide 300 acres of land for Banarsi Cloth City


* #GoTransparent campaign win: Primark publishes factory locations


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