in the news 3-10 May 2018


* Action month for labour safety and hygiene launched

* 900 killed in workplace accidents last year

* Vietnam’s labour productivity among lowest in region

* Vietnam’s labour productivity increases in 5 years

* Salary reform to improve productivity, attract talent

* State-owned firms could have wage autonomy

* Adidas sees ongoing sourcing shift from China to Vietnam

* Silkworms ‘trained’ to weave blankets


* Workers protest at ministry

* Protesting garment workers prevented from burning tyres

* Meeting lauds importance of advancing tech in labour

* Labour will face threats from tech, says ADB

* All factories need infirmaries by year’s end

* Factories needed in provinces: PM


* South Korean factory fined K3 million for defying order

* Unions demand stiffer fines on scofflaw firms

* Chinese investors eye garment sector


* Fixing minimum wage for RMG workers

* RMG workers demand fixing of minimum wage at Tk 16,000

* Long wait for national minimum wage


* Accord-Alliance initial inspection
Only 477 RMG units fully fix safety hazards


* Factory closed for 2 days as more workers fall sick

* RMG WORKER’S DEATH ON DUTY – Dhaka-Aricha highway blocked for four hours

* Savar garment workers’ unrest over death of colleague

* RMG worker’s death: Fellows block Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar


* Denim makers cut use of water

* Poisonous gas kills two tannery workers at Savar

* Retirement benefits a must for workers


* Indefinite strike by garment workers enters second day

* Garment workers’ woes remain unchanged
Garment workers are a neglected lot

* Salary row: Smitha Puttannaiah and workers stage protest


* Higher fine, prison term for minimum wage denial

* Formation of wages panel: labour unions decide to approach court

* Working to increase textile industry’s share in GDP, says Prabhu


* Industry bodies studying export subsidy schemes
Move follows U.S. disputing some of the schemes at WTO.
Textile and clothing export promotion councils and associations related to exports have started taking up studies on the export promotion schemes implemented by the government.
This comes in the wake of the U.S. challenging some of the Indian export subsidy schemes at the World Trade Organisation…

* GM cotton patent row: SC issues notice on Monsanto’s plea

* SC refuses to stay HC order on Bt cotton seed patent

* DBT panel seeks destruction of HT cotton seed

* Monsanto Technology moves SC on BT cotton seed patent

* India’s Mismanagement of Labour Law Reform Continues With the Modi Government


* Safety standards lacking in most Lankan factories


* Baldia factory fire: ‘Bureaucratic hurdles pushing back pension payment to victims’ families’

* Overseas Pakistanis ministry blamed for delay in payments to Baldia factory victims


* Sindh’s home-based workers to be protected under new law

* Cabinet okays bill for home-based workers’ welfare


* Call for fixing minimum wages of unskilled workers at Rs 30,000

* Minimum wage matter left ‘untouched’ in budget announcement


* Value added textile exporters facing severe hardships

* New textile package on the cards

* PRGMEA wants PM package extension in budget

* Textile and leather export sectors ignored in Budget 2018-19

* Textile industry demands extension in PM’s package

* Steep fall in cotton sowing due to water crisis

* Enrichment of human resource must for equitable, sustained growth


* Dirty fashion

* World brand sells Bangladeshi garments with ‘Made in New Zealand’ tag


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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
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

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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
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
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