in the news 5-10 April 2018


* Labor groups seek wage hike


* Fire damage at RK Resources estimated at $5.5 million

* Fire in textile warehouse to be extinguished by Thursday (04/04)

* Fire destroys Texhong Yinlong’s 8,000sq.m factory in Quang Ninh
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* Pension, social allowance to be increased

* Long An works to tackle difficulties of South Korea (textile) firms

* EVFTA to boost textile firms’ exports

* 900 businesses to attend textile fair in HCM City

* Garment-textile sector earns $8 billion from exports in Q1–8-billion-from-exports-in-q1.html

* In Vietnam’s special economic zones, transparency should eclipse tax wavers: legislator


* More than 2,500 garment workers receive unpaid wages

* Garment workers feel cheated


* 1 sentenced to death for killing Aminul
Labour leader’s family, RMG activists reject verdict, say plotters let off

* RMG worker gets death for killing labour leader Aminul


* Women lead push for rights in Bangladesh’s fashion factories


* Release trade union leaders
Demands int’l garment workers’ rights body

* Clean Clothes Campaign calls for immediate release of Bangladesh trade unionists held on false charges

* HC grants interim bail to 7 garment union leaders


* UN committee implores Bangladesh to step up its game on wages, labour rights and compensation

* Corruption a big concern
UN body cites ‘inefficiency’ of ACC in combating pervasive graft


* Accord’s extension now more difficult
The Accord’s bid to stay on in Bangladesh for three more years has become trickier after the High Court this week restrained the government for extending the inspection agency’s tenure because of a writ petition filed by Smart Jeans.

Were there no order, the EU-based inspection agency might have succeeded in securing the extension by lobbying with the ministries of commerce and labour and employment. Now, the court’s permission is needed for the extension to come through.

Since there is an injunction, the government will not be able to extend the tenure of the Accord beyond May 31, said Md Yousuf Ali, a lawyer of Smart Jeans….

* 5 years after the world’s largest garment factory collapse, is safety in Bangladesh any better?

* Bangladesh fire service has come a long way

* BSEC halves its fines on Dragon Sweater

* Bangladeshi exporters face highest US import duties


* Ludhiana: Fire breaks out in garment factory in Nanakpura
Punjab hosiery factory fire

* Two workers killed in fire at footwear factory in Narela


* Factory workers thrashed for joining union

* Workers’ long wait for revised minimum wage

* Many ‘closed’ garment units functioned to meet delivery deadline


* Proposed Pesticides Management Bill should provide equal opportunity for Indian companies: Pesticide manufacturers

* Cotton arrival estimates lowered for fifth time

* Cotton sowing season on, but recommended variety list not out

* India signs deals to export 200,000 bales of cotton to China: Trade body

* Reclassify biosludge as non-hazardous waste, urges textile dyeing cluster


* Rauf Siddiqui exempted from Baldia factory arson case hearing

* Workers seek reforms in budget to raise wages

* APTMA puts forward proposals for textile industry

* Value addition in textile industry stressed

* Fuel costs burn out textile export revenue


* Ethical business, labour practices urged

* Farmers demand compensation for low crop prices

* Agriculture dept striving to achieve cotton sowing target

* PHMA for maximum value-addition to reap GSP Plus benefits

* Trade dispute could slam US retailers


* Bayer-Monsanto merger is bad news for planet


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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
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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
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