in the news 17-24 May 2018


* Minimum wage must cover basic needs

* Retirement age set to be increased

* Prime Minister urges better care for workers

* Around 300 firms will attend Vietnam-US Trade Forum

* Four key industries in HCM City report strong growth
In addition, the city’s textile industry is also growing and is expected to see a major breakthrough when the restructuring of enterprises is completed this year.

Textile enterprises will also improve quality and professionalism, reduce imports of raw materials, and export materials to other countries….

* EVFTA – a push for Vietnam-EU economic relations—a-push-for-vietnam-eu-economic-relations.html

* CPTPP’s a must to help VN businesses grow


* Factory workers to march to ministry after salaries unpaid

* Workers protest over sacked rep

* No solution at Gawon meet after no-show

* Union group slams NSSF fainting move

* GMAC says new labour policy could hurt business

* Safer trucks handed over for garment workers


* Korean factory bars 61 union members for causing unrest

* Striking workers don’t need to come back: Korean wig factory

* Second amendment to labour dispute law nearly ready to be sent to parliament


* World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

* Labour unrest likely at garment factories before Eid
According to an intelligence report, labour unrest is feared at more than a hundred garment factories in Ashulia, Savar, and Tongi….

* Apparel workers demand pending wages, festival allowance by Ramadan 20

* Living wage in RMG sector: Some conceptual issues

* Could living wages avert race to bottom?

* Govt sets Tk 5,710 as minimum wage for cotton textile workers


* Back ILO process on ending violence against man, woman in Bangladesh: Labour leaders

* IndusriAll seeks 180-day limit for disposal of labour court cases

* Compensation may increase in Bangladesh labour law



* RMG orders on up, match them with deliveries

* Cotton price rises to 4yr high
Cotton price rose to 85.5 cents per pound, the highest in four years, mainly because of a looming trade war between the US and China, much to the chagrin of Bangladesh’s apparel makers…


* Bangladesh finance minister rejects tanners’ tax holiday demand

* Industries to get 2,000 new gas connections
The textile factory owners see an increase in their productivity, as the government has finally decided to allocate 2,000 new industrial gas connections and supply adequate gas to the existing units…


* Draft labour policy strikes subtle balance

* An incentive for weavers to return home


* Cut in incentives led to 30% drop in textile exports

* Textile industry wants govt. to relax cabotage rule


* Area under cotton crosses 1,000 hectares

* Pink bollworm: Central team assesses crop loss

* A close-knit sisterhood


* Baldia factory fire Victims’ families now getting compensation

* Long-term compensation payment to Baldia Factory fire affectees begins

* Victims’ families to get monthly installments of compensation

* 209 fire victims’ heirs to get around Rs150,000 each by Monday
The International Labour Organisation’s country director Ingrid Christensen stressed the need on Saturday to revise and update labour laws to improve industrial safety and prevent a recurrence of incidents like Baldia factory tragedy in which over 250 workers were burnt to death….

* Families affected by 2012 Ali Enterprises fire finally receive life-long pensions

* ‘Sindh to observe Occupational Safety and Health Day on Sept 11 every year’
The Sindh government has decided to commemorate ‘Occupational Safety and Health Day’ on September 11 every year in memory of the victims of the Baldia factory fire.

At least 259 labourers, including women, were killed as a massive fire destroyed Ali Enterprises in Baldia Town on September 11, 2012. Information and Labour Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah announced the annual day while addressing the audience at a ceremony held at the Arts Council on Saturday…..


* Textile value-addition stressed to increase exports

* Trilateral trade accord to boost global textile market share

* PTEA urges govt to continue duty drawback on taxes

* Pakistan’s textile exports jump 8%


* Big mergers and tiny factories can each pose problems for workers


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The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

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And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
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