Garment Worker News 17 August 2014

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Garment Workers, Thailand, Photo by L. Tuttle(English)

BANGLADESH. Worker database seems far off. The Daily Star (17 August 2014) by Refayet Ullah Mirdha. The absence of a central database of workers and factories has left many outstanding issues unresolved in the garment sector.

MYANMAR. Myanmar: From Investment Abroad to Improvement at Home. The Diplomat (17 August 2014) by Gordon Wong. Foreign investment was five times higher in fiscal 2012-13 than in 2011-12, official figures show. Half of the investment went to garment manufacturing, where employment and learning processes are significant, although manufacturing accounts for only 9 percent of total FDI as of April 2014.

GLOBAL. Recycled clothes shaping up as the next fashion trend. SCMP (17 August 2014) by Elisabeth Braw. In June, a group of Swedish companies presented the world’s first garment made entirely from recycled cotton: a yellow dress that looks no different from the fashion range at H&M or Zara.

CAMBODIA. Cambodian garment workers dying at work. Ecotextile (15 August 2014). Working conditions for garment workers in the Cambodian textile industry are under the spotlight again, as IndustriALL Global Union blames a combination of low wages and poor working conditions for a spike in garment workers collapsing, and even dying at work.

CAMBODIA. Mass faintings occur at 6 garment factories in Cambodia. Shanghai Daily (15 August 2014). At least 127 Cambodian garment workers at six different factories got fainted on Friday due to poor health, a local police chief confirmed.

BANGLADESH. Bangladesh’s government mobilises police to attack striking garment workers. WSWS (14 August 2014) by Wimal Perera. More than 200 garment workers were injured last week when police broke up an 11 day hunger strike by garment workers from five Tuba Group factories near Dhaka. The workers were demanding payment of wage arrears owed for three months, overtime payments and an Eid festival bonus.

VIETNAM. Austrian flees Ho Chi Minh City owing $42,500 to Vietnamese workers. Thanh Nien News (13 August 2014). A group of angry workers gathered around the Ho Chi Minh City factory of an Austrian garment manufacturer on Tuesday seeking to recover around US$42,500 in unpaid salaries and social insurance after hearing that their foreign boss had fled the country.

CAMBODIA. Man Killed, 12 Injured in Latest Garment Worker Truck Crash. The Cambodia Daily (11 August 2014) by Ben Sokhean and Gorger Wright. A garment worker was killed and a dozen more were injured when the truck they were traveling in overturned in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Saturday afternoon in the latest case of a serious traffic accident involving factory workers, who are crammed into truck beds by the dozens and transported to and from factories around the country.

BANGLADESH. Bangladeshi workers receive overdue pay after police break hunger strike. The Guardian (11 August 2014) by Saad Hammadi. Police arrest union leaders and use batons and pepper spray on garment workers, whose wages had not been paid for month.

CHINA. China Remains Competitive In Exporting Apparel To US. China Topix (10 August 2014)by dweisman. Switzerland-based International Institute for Labour Studies in conjunction with the International Labour organization, published a report earlier this year finding Chinese garment workers in Shanghai earned minimum monthly salaries of USD$262 while those in Guangdong earned USD$138.

USA. American Apparel, others try to profit from domestic production. Los Angeles Times (10 August 2014) by Shan Li, Tiffany Hsu & Andrea Chang. Still, a projected 200,000 garment manufacturing jobs could return to the U.S. over the next decade, according to industry consultants. In Los Angeles County, a historical clothing production hub, employers have added only about 600 jobs from a low of 45,539 workers in 2011.

USA & BURMA. U.S. Companies in Burma: Doing Business Responsibly. U.S. Department of State (9 August 2014). Gap Inc. is partnering with CARE International to deliver its award-winning women’s advancement program, P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement), in the factories in which it does business. P.A.C.E. promotes the advancement of female garment workers by providing life skills education and technical training.

GLOBAL. Ralph Lauren Under Fire For Refusing To Sign Worker Safety Pacts. Huffington Post (8 August 2014) by Kim Bhasin. Activists are rallying against the clothing company Ralph Lauren for its staunch refusal to sign an international agreement that seeks to improve conditions for factory workers in Bangladesh, one of the world’s biggest clothing suppliers.

CHINA. After China Factory Explosion, Workers Petition for More Rights. WSJ (7 August 2014) by Liyan Qi. A deadly fire at a garment factory in New York City more than a century ago set the stage for widespread support a for labor movement in the U.S. that led to sweeping reforms of workplace-safety laws. Now, some activists are hoping that a recent blast in eastern China that killed at least 75 workers and left 180 other injured can do the same here.

BANGLADESH. 1,500 Bangladesh Garment Workers Are On A Hunger Strike. Refinery 29 (4 August 2014) by Hilary Moss. The more than 1,500 employees of apparel-maker Tuba Group in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who began a hunger strike on July 28 plan to continue their protest until the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) addresses a list of demands.

 

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GUATEMALA. Sectores productivos ratifican apoyo a iniciativa de Ley de inversión y empleo. Tele Prensa (17 de Agosto de 2014). En las reuniones con los diputados participaron también presidentes de cámaras empresariales como  Cámara de Industria, Zonas Francas, Sector de IT&BPO, Sector de Manufacturas, Servicios Integrados a la Exportación, Vestuario y Textiles, entre otros.

ARGENTINA. El trabajo apasionado de los cooperativistas entrerrianos está dando frutos. La Voz 901 (17 de Agosto de 2014). Hoy, se ha convertido en una de las cooperativas textiles más importantes de la provincia.

GUATEMALA. Mujeres reciclan y crean artesanías. Prensa Libre (16 de Agosto de 2014) por Roxana Larios. Quince mujeres de comunidades cercanas al hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala, participan en un proyecto de reciclaje con el que generan ingresos para sus familias.

GLOBAL. Coalición de sindicatos e inversores presionan a Ralph Lauren por riesgos en Derechos Humanos. ComunicaRSE (13 de Agosto de 2014). El sindicato AFL-CIO junto al Centro Interreligioso de Responsabilidad Corporativa, asistieron  a la reunión anual de Accionistas de  Ralph Lauren para apoyar una resolución presentada a la empresa solicitando que lleve a cabo una evaluación de sus riesgos en derechos humanos en su cadena de suministro.

VIETNAM. Mejoran condiciones laborales para trabajadoras vietnamitas. Vietnam plus (13 de Agosto de 2014). Mejorar las condiciones laborales para trabajadoras es una solución clave para elevar la productividad y garantizar el desarrollo sostenible de las empresas textiles, de confecciones y calzados, coincidieron participantes en un coloquio en Ciudad Ho Chi Minh.

MEXICO. Ernesto Kuri se niega a pagar liquidaciones a trabajadoras de maquila en el DF. Proceso (11 de Agosto de 2014) por Angelica Jocelyn Soto. Desde hace un año, extrabajadoras de la empresa Maquila Cartagena, en la delegación Iztacalco del Distrito Federal, resguardan la maquinaria con la que elaboraban camisas con la esperanza de que su expatrón, Ernesto Kuri Serur, les pague los sueldos y liquidaciones que aún les debe.

PARAGUAY. “La calidad de la mano de obra fue determinante en el éxito de Marseg. Ultima Hora (10 de Agosto de 2014) por Miguela Lombardo. Uno de sus sueños siempre fue que Paraguay se convierta en un player industrial importante en la región y con ello lograr un importante impacto social a través de la generación y capacitación de mano de obra. Se puso en campaña e investigó sobre los puntos claves y fortalezas del país para lograrlo, y llegó a la Ley de Maquila.

ARGENTINA. Sin cartel de salida. Pagina 12 (8 de Agosto de 2014) por Luciana Peker. En La maquila, con dirección de Raquel Albéniz, un grupo de mujeres se asfixian en el encierro de un taller clandestino que las esclaviza.

ARGENTINA. Certifican a mujeres trabajadoras jefas de hogar. Radio Polar (5 de Agosto de 2014). El Servicio Nacional de Capacitación y Empleo, Sence, mediante el Programa Mujeres Trabajadoras Jefas de Hogar y en coordinación con el Servicio Nacional de la Mujer certificó a 8 mujeres en la comuna de Natales, en el curso Técnicas Avanzadas de Tejido a Telar.

ARGENTINA. El PO rechaza los despidos en Guilford. Noticias Mercedinas (25 de Julio de 2014). “Las suspensiones en Guilford no son una sorpresa. La patronal viene presionando con despidos y retiros voluntarios, con la intención de preparar la retirada”, sostuvo Pablo Demarco. Remarcan la inacción gremial y política.

 

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PORTUGAL. Trabalhadores da Moritex estão desde 7 de agosto à porta da fábrica. Esquerda (15 de Agosto de 2014). O Bloco de Esquerda manifestou solidariedade aos cerca de 80 trabalhadoras e trabalhadores da empresa têxtil Moritex, em Pinheiro, Guimarães, que se encontram desde a passada 5ª feira (7 de agosto), dia e noite, à porta da fábrica, para impedir que saiam do local mercadorias ou máquinas.

BRASIL. Em queda, indústria demite mais de 1,2 mil trabalhadores na região. iFronteira (14 de Agosto de 2014). Resultado obtido pelo Oeste Paulista em julho foi o terceiro pior do Estado de São Paulo, conforme dados divulgados nesta quinta-feira (14) pelo sistema Fiesp/Ciesp.

BRASIL. Economia brasileira desacelera e comércio corta vagas de emprego. Jornal Agora MS (11 de Agosto de 2013). Ele ressalta que o setor de vestuário, que registrou queda de 3,8% no volume de vendas este ano na comparação com 2013, foi responsável por quase 90% do saldo negativo de vagas como um todo. Fechou o 1º semestre com saldo negativo de 73,9 mil.

 

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AFRIQUE. Point de vue sur les relations sino-africaines. Non Fiction(17 Août 2014). Ce phénomène est effectivement terrible, mais on comprend mal sa spécificité et la manière dont on peut le penser par rapport aux autres circuits commerciaux, notamment dans le secteur textile, dont traite l’ouvrage.

BANGLADESH. 1,600 ouvriers en grève pour réclamer le paiement de leurs salaires. Novethi (12 Août 2014). Nouveau scandale dans l’industrie textile bangladaise. Pour protester contre le non-paiement de leur salaire depuis trois mois, près de 1 600 ouvriers de Tuba Group ont suivi une grève d’une dizaine de jours. Début août, le mouvement a été durement réprimé par la police.

HAÏTI. Haïti-Salaire minimum : Appel à la mobilisation contre les 225 gourdes dans la sous-traitance. Alter Press (5 Août 2014). Le collectif syndical des usines du textile (Kosit, en Créole), regroupant 4 organisations syndicales, a estimé que les 225.00 gourdes sont en inadéquation avec« le niveau de vie, le pouvoir d’achat de l’ouvrier et le coût du panier ménager”.

JORDANIE. Un centre pour les travailleurs de Jordanie se revele être un lieu vital pour les migrants. News Press (5 Août 2014) via OIT. Sur les 25,000 travailleurs que compte la zone, environ 16,000 sont employés dans des usines de textile. La grande majorité d’entre eux – environ 80 pour cent – sont des migrants provenant du sous-continent asiatique, principalement de l’Inde, du Sri Lanka et du Bangladesh. La zone est l’un des 14 parcs industriels de libre-échange, que l’on désigne sous le nom de zones industrielles qualifiées (ZIQ).