Garment Worker News 16 March 2014

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BANGLADESH. Thousands sacked as unsafe Bangladesh factory forced to close. NDTV via AFP (10 March 2014). Several thousand Bangladeshi garment workers have lost their jobs after their factory was discovered with serious safety problems and shut down, officials said Monday.

BANGLADESH. Mozena: April 15 crucial for RMG. Dhaka Tribune (6 March 2014) by Sheikh Shahariar Zaman. “April 15 is the deadline by which the government of Bangladesh and others has to submit data to those who are reviewing restoration of GSP, the generalised system of preference. April 24 is a critical date as Rana Plaza building collapsed on that day,” Mozena said.

MYANMAR. Garment industry to increase foreign investment. Eleven (5 March 2014). The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) expects the garment industry to gain US$ 1.5 billion in foreign investment by 2015 if political reforms continue.

CAMBODIA. CNRP Looks for Quieter Plan of Action as Labor Strike Looms. The Cambodia Daily (5 March 2014) by Colin Meyn and Phorn Bopha. Opposition leaders rallied support outside factory gates around the country and tens of thousands of garment workers flooded into Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, where CNRP president Sam Rainsy told them not to accept a dollar less than $160 a month.

GLOBAL. Live from the UN: Private sector engagement in women’s empowerment. Devex (5 March 2014) by Adva Saldinger. The private sector can best empower women globally and help tackle key development goals especially as they relate to women through key partnerships, greater collection and sharing of data and increased access to and use of technology.

NIGERIA. Once Flourishing Textile Industry Flounders in Nigeria. Voice of America (5 March 2014) by Heather Murdoch. Nigeria’s once-flourishing textile industry collapsed years ago and abandoned factories are decaying from lack of use. Some former workers blame cheap clothes from China for the collapse but others blame mismanagement and a lack of government support.

SPAIN. Budgets Committee approves aid for redundant textile workers in Spain. European Parliament News (4 March 2014). Unemployed textile workers in Spain’s Valenciana region could get European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid worth €840,000 to help them find new jobs under plans approved by Parliament’s Budgets Committee on Tuesday.

CAMBODIA. Workers ‘locked inside’ during overtime strike. Phnom Penh Post (4 March 2014) by Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan. Workers at two different garment factories say that managers locked them inside their workplaces last week when they tried to participate in a boycott of overtime.

GERMANY. Made in Germany: for environment, jobs and health. FashionUnited (4 March 2014). Today, using “Made in …” certifications of origin are still voluntary within the EU and relatively open as they also identify those goods that were partly produced elsewhere.

VIETNAM. Vietnam PM earmarks 65bn dong for training textile workers. Textile News Vietnam (4 March 2014). Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued an order to set aside an amount of 65.569 billion dong (approx. US$ 3.08 million) for human resources training for the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) in the central budget in 2014.

GLOBAL. Over 30 Bangla organizations join Clean Clothes Campaign. Fibre2fashion (4 March 2014). Clean Clothes Campaign were joined in signing the statement by over 30 Bangladeshi organisations, 21 Canadian groups and global trade union federations IndustriALL and UNI as well as organisations from across Asia, Europe and the USA.

INDIA. ‘2.5 lakh bonded labourers in textile industry alone’. Times of India (4 March 2014). At a time when government is boasting that bonded labourer system has been eliminated from the state, there are more than 2.5 lakh bonded labourers in the textile industry alone, P M Kumar, general secretary of Textile Workers Federation has claimed.

EGYPT. Head of Textile Workers’ Union proposes initiative to halt strikes. Daily News Egypt (3 March 2014) by Rana Muhammad Taha. In a meeting with newly appointed Minister of Manpower Nahed Al-Ashry on Sunday, head of the Textile Workers’ Union Abdel Fattah Ibrahim presented an initiative to halt workers’ strikes.

SENEGAL. Literacy needed for raising cotton productivity in Senegal. Fibre2fashion (3 March 2014). Literacy is an ‘absolute necessity’ for over 65,000 farmers in cotton growing areas of Senegal, Ahmed Bachir Diop, CEO of Textile Fibres Development Corporation of Senegal (SODEFITEX) has said, according to a Senegalese Press Agency report.

 

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ARGENTINA. Inspecciones y Clausuras. ADN Ciudad (5 de Marzo de 2014) por Susana Shanahan. La subsecretaría de Trabajo, Industria y Comercio de la Ciudad, en los últimos dos años realizó 13 mil inspecciones en talleres textiles y detectó trabajadores indocumentados, lo que fue informado a la Procuración General de la Ciudad y a la Dirección Nacional de Migraciones.

EGIPTO. Egipto: La dinámica del movimiento social hace caer al gobierno Beblawi. Aporrea (5 de Marzo de 2014) por Jacques Chastaing. El gobierno Beblawi, con todos sus ministros, incluyendo al mariscal Sissi, Ministro de Defensa, dimitió el lunes 24 de febrero por la noche.

MEXICO. Elevan control para apoyo fiscal a maquilla. Frontera (5 de Marzo de 2014) vía Sun. Las nuevas reglas de certificación para las maquiladoras podrían dejar fuera a entre 10% y 15% de las 6 mil 250 plantas que hay en el país.

PARAGUAY. Titular del MIC visito empresa textil Fenix S.A. PPN (5 de Marzo de 2014). El ministro de Industria y Comercio, Gustavo Leite realizó hoy una visita a la empresa textil Fenix S.A. propietaria de la marca Marltel, a fin de interiorizarse en los procesos de producción y calidad de recursos humanos con que cuenta la firma.

ESPAÑA. La Eurocámara aprueba 840.000 euros para recolocar a trabajadores del textil en la Comunidad Valenciana. ABC (4 de Marzo de 2014). Con esta ayuda, solicitada por las autoridades españolas, se pretende asistir a exempleados de 198 pymes valencianas.

URUGUAY. Agolán: US$ 8 millones para recuperar la textil. El País (4 de Marzo de 2014). La propuesta que los trabajadores de la ex textil Agolan diseñaron para recuperar la empresa es “interesante y está bastante bien articulada”, indicó el ministro de Trabajo, José Bayardi. En su primera etapa daría cabida a la mitad de los 200 obreros.

PERU. Nylstar despide a 15 trabajadores por la caída de la producción. Perú Moda (3 de Marzo de 2014). Nylstar ha despedido a 15 trabajadores alegando un descenso de la producción.Los despidos se producen después de que se aplicase un expediente de regulación de empleo (ERE) de un mes de duración al 75 % de la plantilla, según recoge el portal Blanesaldia.com.

NICARAGUA. Obreras de la maquila demandan mejores salarios. .El Nuevo Diario (3 de Marzo de 2014) por Massiell Largaespada. En diciembre de 2012 la Comisión Nacional de Zonas Francas, el Ministerio del Trabajo, representantes de los trabajadores y del sector empresarial, firmaron un acuerdo tripartito para el período 2014-2017, brindar estabilidad a más de 100,000 obreros de ese sector económico.

ARCO MEDITERRANEO. Zoom sobre Marruecos, Túnez, Portugal. Pinker Moda (3 de Marzo de 2014). Esos tres países del arco mediterráneo son algunos de nuestros principales subcontratistas de artículos confeccionados. Zoom by Fatex informó sobre sus rasgos más característicos.

 

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ARGENTINA. La Nación: o motor industrial argentino perde potência. Jornal do Brasil (3 de Março de 2014). O jornal argentino La Nación  destaca nesta segunda-feira (3) a crise na indústria do país, devido à queda do consumo e às fracas exportações. Em fevereiro, a crise na indústria atingiu a têxtil Plenit, em Carreras, Santa Fe, deixando 90 operários desempregados.

 

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EGYPTE. Les combats des grévistes de Mahalla. Courrier International (6 Mars 2014) par Al-Shourrouk et Mohamed Nabil Hilmi. Dans la capitale de l’industrie textile du pays, les ouvriers se battent pour des hausses de salaires et contre la corruption.

PAKISTAN. Pakistan: à Swat, l’industrie de la soie ne se relève pas de l’ère taliban. La-Croix (5 Mars 2014). A l’époque, des investisseurs importaient à rabais d’Afghanistan voisin le fil de soie. L’industrie textile employait jusqu’à 25.000 personnes, une manne pour cette petite région du nord confrontée à la concurrence des grandes villes industrielles du Pendjab et de la métropole Karachi.