Garment Worker News 14 September 2014

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BANGLADESH. Ministers differ on the figures of RMG workers. BD New 24 (15 September 2014). The commerce minister and the state minister for labour have presented two different figures for the readymade garment workers in Bangladesh.

MYANMAR. Garment industry hopes for ordering rush from the West. Myanmar Times (15 September 2014) by Su Phyo Win. The garment industry is looking to Western orders to help it diversify, as exports look set for a record year, according to the president of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association U Myint Soe.

PAKISTAN. A continuing tragedy. The News (15 September 2014). Two years after a devastating fire ravaged the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi’s Baldia Town, killing 259 workers, all but a small handful of their families have not received even a small portion of the compensation amounts publically promised to them in 2012, after the tragedy occurred on September 11.

PHILIPPINES. CIAC signs new deal with garments firm. Philstar (13 September 2014) by Ding Cervantes. CIAC president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano and L&T International Group president Francisco Sauceda signed the two contracts one pertaining to the latter’s expansion program that would cover 6,033 5,941 square meters and employment of 150 more workers by next year.

USA. Made in the U.S.A.? Not Anytime Soon. Huffington Post (12 September 2014) by Edward Hertzman. At every conference or trade show I attend, there is one question that’s always asked: is apparel manufacturing returning to America? While there may not be one simple answer, from everything I’ve observed, I lean toward a pretty emphatic ‘no.’ Economically, reshoring can’t work at any significant scale.

GLOBAL. Campaigners put garment workers in spotlight at London Fashion Week. The Guardian (12 September 2014) by Hannah Gould. The demonstration, organised by anti-poverty charity War on Want calls on the British Fashion Council to end silence on garment workers behind clothes.

SRI LANKA. Update: A group of food poisoning patients of Katunayake Garment factory re-hospitalized-Video. Hiru News (9 September 2014). A group of garment workers attached to Katunayake Free Trade Zone who received treatment for food poisoning last Friday have been hospitalized again.

USA. Tech apparel garment workers to speak in Norris Hall. Collegiate Times (8 September 2014) by Emily Hughes. Workers from the Alta Gracia garment factory in the Dominican Republic will be speaking on Sept. 9 in 209 Norris Hall at 3:30 p.m. A fair trade organization, Alta Gracia supports humane global working conditions.

GLOBAL. Big business will force change in garment trade, vows Wall St boss. The Guardian (7 September 2014) by Sarah Butler. Big business and financial investors, not consumers, will force better conditions in the world’s textile factories, according to the head of an investment firm aiming to pump $500m (£306m) into creating a more ethical garment industry.

GLOBAL. Proposal Aims to Bring Workers’ Voices to Negotiating Table. The Cambodian Daily (6 September 2014) by Lauren Crothers. A proposed project hopes to channel the widespread use of mobile phones among factory workers to bring the voice of the 600,000 Cambodians employed in the crucial garment sector into future wage negotiations.

BANGLADESH. Garment workers continue their demand for owed wage payments. Demotix (5 September 2014) by Mohammad Asad. Garments worker formed a human chain in their continuing demand for past wages due to them, in front of press club at Dhaka.

LESOTHO. 8 things you probably didn’t know about Lesotho. Mail & Guardian (1 September 2014) by Samanth Spooner. The Lesotho textile industry is one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, and it is the largest sub-Saharan African exporter of garments to the United States. About 80% of Lesotho’s textile and garment exports go to the US and exports to the US for 2008 amounted to $340-million. One of Lesotho’s textile plants even supplies jeans for Levi Strauss and Gap.

 

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ARGENTINA. Famatina consolida emprendimientos textiles que generan trabajo. Fenix 951 (14 de Septiembre de 2014). El gobernador Beder Herrera resaltó el nivel de los emprendimientos textiles instalados en Famatina y consideró que son “la base de la industrialización” que luego se puede multiplicar en base a un trabajo responsable.

MEXICO. Cien mil empleos, meta de industria maquiladora de Reynosa. Notimex (12 de Septiembre de 2014). La industria maquiladora en Reynosa, proyecta alcanzar la meta de 100 mil empleos directos al cierre del 2014.

ARGENTINA. Trabajadores de una empresa textil de Granadero Baigorria, de paro por retraso del pago salarial. La Capital (11 de Septiembre de 2014).  Desde el Sindicato de Lavaderos y Tintoreros señalaron que desde hace un año les pagan los jornales y las horas extras fuera de tiempo. La huelga es por tiempo indeterminado y alcanza a 88 trabajadores.

MEXICO. Repunte de empleos en maquiladoras. Tribuna de San Luis (11 de septiembre de 2014) por Joel Olea Galindo. La mayoría de las empresas dedicadas a la maquila están certificadas ante el SAT, lo que les permite exención en el pago de impuestos.

COSTA RICA. Subsidiaria de Hanes Brands cierra en Costa Rica Multinacional traslada. Estrategia y Negocios (8 de Septiembre de 2014). Operaciones ticas de maquila de ropa interior a Vietnam. Se perderán 1.250 empleos.

CAMBOYA. Un reality que muestra la atrocidad de la industria textil en Camboya. Diario Registrado (5 de Septiembre de 2014). Jóvenes blogueras de moda vivieron durante un mes en Camboya bajo las mismas condiciones que los trabajadores de la industria textil. Luego, una de ellas denunció a H&M por explotación.

ARGENTINA. Procesaron a empresarios textiles por trata de personas. Info News (3 de Septiembre de 2014). La AFIP les suspendió preventivamente los CUITs y los llevó a la Justicia por la explotación de 57 trabajadores que vivían en “condiciones de total hacinamiento y precariedad”.

 

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BRASIL. 23 trabalhadores do calçado sofrem intoxicação em São João da Madeira. TSF (11 Septembro 2014). Fonte dos bombeiros adiantou à TSF que 23 trabalhadores da Magnanni, empresa espanhola de corte e costura de calçado em São João da Madeira, foram hoje transportados para vários hospitais com sintomas de intoxicação.

BRASIL. Exigência do MPT pode trazer prejuízo a trabalhodores, diz vereador. Diplomatafm (10 Setembro 2014) por Sergio Ferreira. Uma exigência de uma procuradora do Ministério Publico do Trabalho de Blumenau para que o Sindicato assine um TAC-Termo de Ajuste de Conduta que viria a terminar com a Subvenção Patronal também chamada de Taxa Assistencial que está na convenção coletiva de trabalho da categoria à 41 anos e gera recursos para garantir boa parte da assistência em saúde que é prestada pelo SINTRAFITE aos trabalhadores e seus familiares.

BRASIL. Estado negocia abertura de facção na antiga Alpargatas. Tribuna do Norte (6 de Setembro de 2014) por Pedro Andrade. O secretário de Desenvolvimento Econômico disse que o encerramento das atividades da Alpargatas ocorreu “de surpresa”, assim como para os próprios funcionários da fábrica.  Segundo o Estado e o Sindicato dos Trabalhadores na Indústria dos Calçados no Rio Grande do Norte, 200 pessoas foram demitidas.

 

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CAMBODGE. Cambodge: appel à l’action de la CSI, d’UNI Global Union et d’IndustriALL en faveur d’une hausse des salaires des travailleurs de la confection. ITUC (10 Septembre 2014). La Commission consultative du travail du Cambodge devrait révéler, début octobre, le nouveau salaire minimum des travailleurs/euses de la confection, du textile et de la chaussure, des secteurs qui génèrent 5 milliards USD de revenus pour le pays.

GLOBAL. Innovation: déclin ou rebond industriel? Les Echos (9 Septembre 2014) par Jean-Yves Archer via Economiste. La dynamique planétaire est en permanente adaptation. En ces temps heurtés, il y a d’évidence ce que les experts nomment “le risque pays”. Parallèlement, il y a la capacité du pays de destination à maîtriser les caractéristiques parfois complexes du process. Enfin, il y a l’évolution des disparités salariales. Là où la Chine est entre guillemets trop chère pour certains fabricants textiles, l’Éthiopie ou le Vietnam demeurent “placés”.

ALGÉRIE. L’Ugta s’oppose au nouveau code du travail. L’Eco News (3 Septembre 2014). “C’est une régression sociale !”, c’est ainsi que Amar Takjout président de la fédération du Textile a qualifié ce projet de loi, indiquant que « les amendements proposés ne se font que dans des pays en pleine crise financière ». Selon ce syndicaliste, le projet de l’ancien ministre du secteur du Travail, M. Mohamed Benmeradi, sur la généralisation des contrats de travail de durées déterminées (CDD) et qui a été intégré dans l’avant projet de loi, n’aura que des conséquences négatives sur les travailleurs.