in the news 2-8/9 March 2018

8/9 March 2018


* Women employers 4 times lower than men globally: ILO

* Emphasising on global goal of gender equality


* Vietnam celebrates International Women’s Day

* Dialogue to solve workers’ problems in Đồng Nai

* Vietnam named among countries least prepared for Fourth Industrial Revolution


* Some businesses see positive impact from higher minimum wage

* Caution urged on labour disputes


* Women workers face discrimination

* Int’l Women’s Day observed

* Women entrepreneurs kept away from loans


* Interactive: Put yourself in the shoes of an Indian woman

* Now, textile tycoons to hand-hold women entrepreneurs


* How far women’s struggle has pushed us forward

* Seven more MLOs depose in Baldia factory case

* APTMA poised to invest $7b in garment manufacturing

2-8 March 2018


* Vietnamese workers abandoned by S. Korean employer promised new jobs
15 companies have agreed to take in the unfortunate workers after their employer disappeared without paying them salaries.

Authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai have made arrangements to protect the rights and interests of nearly 2,000 workers at a local garment factory.

Workers at Texwell Vina Company have been in limbo since their South Korean employers reportedly left Vietnam right before the Lunar New Year holiday without paying their January salaries…

* Binh Phuoc’s laborers receive owed wages after lawsuit

* Garment firms need more workers for expanding operations

* HCM City has highest average monthly salary

* Sericulture & silk industry may have to rely on foreign markets—silk-industry-may-have-to-rely-on-foreign-markets.html

* Tens of thousands of bank officers, factory workers to lose jobs in 4.0 era–factory-workers-to-lose-jobs-in-4-0-era.html

* Industrial zone developers: High time for action–high-time-for-action.html

* Vietnam, EU likely to sign FTA soon–eu-likely-to-sign-fta-soon.html



* More workers seek lost wages

* Some employers have escaped because of gambling debts: PM

* Garment workers hurt in crash

* Garment workers to get pensions at age 60

* GMAC honours female workers


* Government sets new daily minimum wage at K4800

* Three-quarters of local workers in Thilawa SEZ have just basic education


* Fire at Gazipur spinning mill under control

* RMG storehouse catches fire in Gazipur

* Fire at spinning mill’s cotton warehouse

* Fire guts Gazipur RMG factory

* Spinning mill catches fire in Gazipur

* GOVT-ILO SAFETY SCHEME: Errant RMG units to face legal action in May

* App launched to monitor labour inspection data


* Bangladesh garment workers call for increased minimum wage

* Making RMG female workforce tech-savvy

* ‘Make workers at your factory your partners’
…“No entrepreneur has made the garment industry globally competitive through their management and entrepreneurship skills.
It is your workers who have made you globally competitive in the garment industry
because of their low wage….

* Woman RMG worker ratio falls amid tech upgradation: survey

* Women losing more jobs to automation: CPD study

* BGMEA, BKMEA yet to finish workers’ database


* Minimum wage for tannery workers set at Tk 12,800


* Vietnamese keen to invest in telecom, textile

* Leather sector to get $100m investment from Vietnam


* Challenges of a transforming RMG sector

* Paradigm shift in RMG

* 16% of surveyed RMG factories have foreign staff: CPD

* BGMEA, Canadian envoy discuss RMG issues

* US seeks more progress from Bangladesh to restore GSP

* Bangladesh doesn’t need US GSP facility anymore: Tofail (Feb 28)

* Tofail urges USA to sign FTA


* we must keep pressure on brands to protect garment workers

* Indian textiles seek steps to control garment imports from Bangladesh


* Change rules of origin to check B’desh imports: Textile industry
Textile industry seeks steps to control garment imports from Bangladesh

* Fire guts garment, chemical units

* Fire at ginning factory

* Women in India earn 20% less than men: Report

* Couple released from bonded labour


* Remove new clauses in handloom development programme: CM K Palaniswami to Narendra Modi.

* Innovations to combat ‘microfiber’ pollution


* India set to cut Monsanto’s GM cotton seed royalties by 20% -sources

* Pink bollworm: State banks on Centre for aid

* Illegal use of BT cotton to attract criminal cases

* Has cotton failed the farmers in Telangana yet again?


* Letter from Mumbai: The worrying decline in textile exports


* Hurdles to working: Over 60% of capital’s workplaces violate labour laws

* Aurat March to be held on March 8

* Pakistan lagging behind rivals in textile competitiveness

* Textile mills: Hydrogen peroxide shortage sparks concern

* How a garment consortium survived worst of times

* Breaking the curse in textiles

* 2011 to 2017: Textile, clothing exports fall 10% in six years

* APTMA urges government to resolve energy price differences amongst the provinces

* One out of five women in Pakistan is part of labour force: UN report

* The right to labour rights


* German clothing company Roy Robson has fired eleven union members from its factory in Izmir, Turkey.

* Turkey could retaliate US tariffs with duties on cotton


* Everyone Stands to Gain When More Women take Top Positions in Businesses

* U.S. clothing, cosmetics on possible European Union retaliation list


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