in the news 26 April – 3 May 2018


* China’s RMG industry faces tough times


* Huge fire at Long Giang Industrial Park
The fire broke out at the warehouse of a textile company named KANGNA VN CO., LTD. in Long Giang Industrial Park of the southern province of Tien Giang at 4.15 PM this afternoon….

* Labour Code revision opportunity to promote gender equality

* Textile-garment exports seen at $35b this year–35b-this-year.html


* Labour unions call for minimum wage increase

* Workers to receive unpaid wages

* Workers appeal back pay ruling

* Government delivering on its promise to female garment workers

* May Day rally held in Phnom Penh

* Workers celebrate labor day at CDC park

* Many garment worker truck drivers lack licences

* Sipar continues to expand in-factory library programme


* Myanmar workers demand wage hike, rights to mark Labour Day

* Minimum wage to rise to 4,800 kyat within few days: Labour permanent secretary

* Labourers to receive wage hike

* Garment worker health and safety guidelines launched

* Government to cooperate with ILO on work safety, health for young


* Workers should stand against militancy: Inu
….Demanding a minimum wage of Tk 18,000 for garment workers, JSD general secretary Shirin Akhter, also a women rights activist, said,
“Labour is not a cheap thing; owners should pay them the highest.”…

* RMG workers block Dhaka-Aricha highway demanding arrears

* Savar garment factory workers protest for due salaries


* Most labour disputes in RMG

* Bangladeshi RMG workers do excessive overtime, earn little

* Tk 18,000 minimum wage demanded as Bangladesh observes May Day

* May Day observed
Minimum wage of Tk 18,000 demanded…


* Arrears behind highest number of labour unrest in 2017: survey

* Learning lessons from Rana Plaza collapse, Tazreen fire
Institutionalising universal workplace injury insurance

* Post Rana Plaza: Are workers being allowed to organise?

* After Rana Plaza: much done, a lot still remains, the rest just flounder

* RANA PLAZA COLLAPSE – TIB for special tribunal to try people responsible

No justice yet due to lack of political will: TIB

* Five Years After the Disaster: Rana Plaza Victims Still Hurting

* Why Won’t We Learn from the Survivors of the Rana Plaza Disaster?

* ILO: Improve workplace safety for the next generation


* Fire at city garment factory

* Govt awards 10 RMG factories for workplace safety


* The state must protect workers’ rights

* Labour rights activists urge women leadership initiatives

* Superiors, trade union leaders often abuse female workers: study

* Garment sector saw highest industrial disputes in 2017

* If we can dream it, we can do it


* Huge Fire Engulfs Ludhiana Factory, 100 Fire Engines Used

* Huge fire in Mathura cotton factory, properties worth crores gutted


* ‘Many garment workers forced to toil for 14 hours even on May Day’

* Will take action against those not abiding by minimum wage norms for labours: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

* ‘State should oppose Centre’s new labour rules’
‘The amendment will be detrimental to workers as they will lose job security’

Tamil Nadu government must oppose the recently amended Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules of 2018, which enables all industries to hire workers on a contractual basis for a fixed term, said S. Selva Gomathi, managing trustee, Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Foundation, here on Tuesday.

Speaking at an awareness campaign launched for securing the rights of garment factory workers, particularly women, she said that the new amendment would prove detrimental to the workers as they will lose job security…..

* Rallies, rights pledge mark May Day celebrations

* Labour unions protest in Mumbai, ask Centre to revise minimum wages

* Textile mills hopeful of announcement on hank yarn soon

* Hank yarn: mills expect announcement

* PAU ready with Bt cotton variety, goes for trials over 3,000 acres


* Six years on, ‘Mother Baldia’ continues the fight for justice and labour rights

* MQM should answer for the Badlia factory fire: Bilawal

* Textile mill fire brought under control after daylong battle

* Despite fire-fighting at full steam, blaze at textile mills continued past 24 hours

* Efforts to douse third degree blaze at textile mill fail

* Huge fire in F. B Area factory


* ‘May Day is the flag of revolt against the atrocities of capitalism’

* Unions ask govt to ensure safety, health at workplaces

* Labour Health & Hospitality

* Rally demands abolishing contract system to ensure job security

* Labour Day rallies pledge support to workers

* Workers’ unending woes highlighted on Labour Day

* Workers’ exploitation continues as country marks Labour Day

* Workers put forth long-standing demands on Labour Day

* May Day rallies highlight unkept promises

* Never-ending struggle: Sindh’s workers march for their rights

* Labourers ignored on their own day

* Labour Day: Making it Meaningful


* 60m labour force denied fundamental rights: Report
Home-based Workers:
An ILO report published in 2017 Pakistan’s Hidden Workers: Wage and Conditions of home-based workers and the informal economy, highlighted the vulnerability of home based workers.
Majority of them are women and they lack protections and access to collective bargaining.
The wage rate is generally set by middlemen and they are chronically and significantly underpaid.
It is estimated that there are 5 million home-based workers and they are deprived of all legal benefits available under the labour laws….

* Opposition leaders slam govt over ‘anti-worker’ policies

* Rallies, protests call for rights of working class


* High cost of living and labour class

* ‘Need to register labourers in non-formal sector’

* No country for labour
Thousands of workers remain unrecognised under labour laws, while contract system weakens those employed in industries despite SC ruling against it…

* SC approached to overturn verdict suspending raise in wages

* Lacking competitiveness, Faisalabad’s weaving industry collapsing

* Textile sector rejects budget 2018-19

* agri lands parched, large crop damage, cotton sowing disrupted

* Cotton growers urged to use certified seeds


* Campaign launch: Turn around, H&M!


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