in the news 22 February – 1 March 2018


UPDATED: Cambodia, Bangladesh, India


* 8,000 firms owe social insurance fees

* Dong Nai finds jobs for 2,000 workers left unpaid

* Thousands of workers abandoned by South Korean company

* Salary of workers increased by 9.3% in 2017


* Leather industry anticipates favourable year in 2018


* Employers who flee to face court cases or arrest

* Working group created to study fainting phenomenon


* Workers whose bosses fled to get cash advance

* Unionists questioned after ‘illegal protests’

* Industrial sector grows, but still reliant on garment factories

* EU sanctions unlikely, experts say


* Statement on the refusal of Uniqlo to pay what is owed


* Worker right to form and operate trade union

* BGMEA urges intellectuals to speak carefully about wages


* Women RMG workers still face harassment at workplace: Study

* 85% female RMG workers face verbal abuse: survey

* RMG female workers deprive of rights: Report


*  Demands workers, union leaders: Set Tk 16,000 as minimum wage

* Tk16,000 minimum wage demanded for RMG workers

* Living wage vs minimum wage

* Study suggests pressing for living wage in RMG sector

* Experts: Living wage to ensure rational pay for RMG workers

* IndustriALL demands Tk 16,000 as RMG sector minimum wage

* Wage of RMG workers below poverty level: workshop

* Experts: Living wage to ensure rational pay for RMG workers

* RMG wage and buyers’ charity


* TU application rejection growing in Ctg
The rate at which application for trade union registration is rejected has been increasing in Chittagong zone over the year while the rate is decreasing in Dhaka zone.
Following the Rana Plaza Building collapse in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, the government amid global pressure was
forced to allow increased number of trade union registration in readymade garment sector….

* DoE fines two RMG factories for pollution in Chittagong


* Factory remediation: Govt to boost coordination cell with own fund

* 100 days until current Accord ends – labour signatories urge brands to sign onto 2018 Accord


* Garment waste warehouses catch fire in Gazipur

* Boy burnt to death in Tangail cotton godown fire
A seven-year-old boy was burnt to death in Kalihati upazila yesterday.
The victim was Mohammad Rabbi, son of Nurul Islam of Bangra village.
Police said a cotton godown caught fire around 5:30pm.

On information, fire fighters rushed to the spot and doused the flame after one hour of frantic efforts.
Later, the body of the boy was found inside the godown.
The boy’s father is an employee of the cotton godown, police said, adding how the boy was confined inside the
godown and the reason behind the fire could not be known immediately.

* 11 injured in devastating fire at Biral jute mills

* Substandard electronic devices cause 36% fires

* Cotton import taking a heavy toll

* Muhith calls for boosting cotton production to cut import reliance

* Levi to use lasers instead of people to make jeans

* Cabinet approves draft textile law

* Dhaka factories will be relocated to special economic zones, says shipping minister


* ‘Leather industry needs long-term policy support’

* Leather goods: Bangladesh’s next cash cow

* EEU trade deal gets delayed as Dhaka not ready


* Warnings of financial crisis: Consequences for Bangladesh

* Bangladesh does not need GSP facility: Tofail


* Textile mill fire destroys property worth Rs 125 crore
Property worth around `125 crore was gutted in a major fire at the New Bhopal Textile Mills of NationalTextile Corporation in the city’s Chandbad area on Sunday. The blaze, suspected to have been caused by an electrical short circuit at 2 am, could be put out only by 4 pm.

Fire tenders from the adjoining Vidisha and Raisen districts as well as Army personnel had to be pressed into service for extinguishing it.
The blaze reduced to ashes the mill’s new unit, which was commissioned in 2013.
Around 380 workers were present in the factory when the fire began, but only one of them sustained major burns.

* Bhopal: Fire breaks out at NTC’s textile unit in Chandbarh area; no casualty reported

* Massive fire engulfs textile mill in Bhopal

* Kamala Mills fire: Shortcomings in your fire safety audits, Bombay HC tells MCGM


* Maharashtra govt orders judicial probe into Kamala Mills fire, land misuse by mill owners in Mumbai

* Fire ravages textile unit godown on Kalapatti Rd

* Pest attack: Stringent relief norms leave cotton farmers high and dry

* Under fire, Maharashtra government to compensate farmers from its own kitty

 * Woman charred to death in mill fire at Anantalakshmi Textiles Mill of Andhra Pradesh

* Lower cotton prices to support textile sector profitability


* Haryana cabinet approves new textile policy

* Nod to textile policy, new units to get incentives

* Textile park in Bareilly to come up at cost of Rs 84 crore, says director UP handloom & textile

* Govt will protect village industries: Minister
Minister of state for drinking water and sanitation, Ramesh Jigajinagi said that the Union government is committed to safeguard the interest of weavers and has released Rs 32.28 crore for khadi institutions in the state…

* Textiles of India: The Singh Twins dissect Raj-era trade

* Gucci accused of culturally appropriating Sikh turban


* Union leaders call for immediate ban on asbestos


* Global Capitalism Is the New Colonialism for Workers, and They Are Resisting

* Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage?

* Garment Worker Diaries Reveal Working Conditions, Wages in Bangladesh, India, Cambodia

* Dirty fashion

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries on the planet.
According to the World Bank, 20% of water pollution globally is caused by textile processing, making it the second biggest polluter of freshwater resources on the planet.

A full quarter of the chemicals produced in the world are used in textiles and it is also highly resource-intensive.
With clothing consumption predicted to soar by 60% by 2030 through the rise of ever-faster fashion, the industry clearly needs to change course.

Our campaign is focused on the manufacturing of viscose, a man-made cellulose fibre derived from wood pulp, which could be sustainable, but is often not due to its prevalent production methods.
The campaign highlights the environmental and social impact of ‘dirty’ viscose production and shines light on the global supply chains…..
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* Women Should Not Have to Choose Between Employment and Safety: In Garment Factories They Do – The Fashion Law


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