Garment Worker News 19 January 2014

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GLOBAL & CAMBODIA. Major Brands Confront Cambodian Leader Over Use of Force. WSJ (19 January 2013) by Kate O’keefe and Sun Narin. A coalition of 30 brands and three global unions have sent a letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen calling for an investigation into the recent use of deadly force against striking garment-sector workers.

CAMBODIA. One Garment Strike Ends, Two Begin, Over Missing Pay. The Cambodian Daily (17 January 2014) by Aun Pheap. Garment workers at a Kandal province factory ended their most recent strike Thursday after management agreed to pay out part of their wages for the days they were absent during a previous strike, while workers at a Phnom Penh factory went back on strike because their employers would not agree to give them strike pay.

BANGLADESH & INDIA. Worker efficiency rises in BBW garment factories: Report. Fibre to Fashion (16 January 2014). The Benefits for Business and Workers (BBW) training program undertaken in Bangladeshi and Indian garment factories during the period of 2011-2013 has improved worker efficiency and reduced absenteeism amongst workers employed in BBW garment manufacturing factories in both nations, as per a recent report released by Impact Group.

ETHIOPIA. H&M sees ‘great potential’ for African clothing production. The African Report (15 January 2014). “I think that there is great potential in sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to production,” Persson told the paper. “We have started producing on a small scale in Ethiopia and we will see how it goes. It seems very interesting.”

HAITI. Haiti: union leaders fired over wage protests. World War 4 Report (14 January 2014). Six workers at the One World Apparel S.A. garment assembly plant in the north of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, were given notices of dismissal on Jan. 8, four weeks after workers shut down production in the city’s apparel sector with Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 protests demanding a daily minimum wage of 500 gourdes (about US$12.08).

GLOBAL. Worldwide protests outside Cambodian embassies over garment workers’ pay. Blue and Green Tomorrow (13 January 2014) by Ilaria Bertini. Campaigners in London have called on major retail brands to condemn the violence displayed by police officials in Cambodia, where four people were shot during a protest over workers’ pay.

GLOBAL. Op-Ed. Garment Workers Deserve a Global Minimum Wage. BOF (12 January 2014) via Tansy e Hoskins. Garment manufacturing is global. But the rules that protect workers are not, creating a race to the bottom amongst poor countries aiming to attract foreign investment with the lowest wages and flimsiest safety standards. In the wake of recent tragedies and protests in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Haiti, it’s time for a global minimum wage, argues Tansy E. Hoskins.

HAITI. Garment workers await minimum wage plan. Just Style (10 January 2014) by Katie Smith. Garment workers in Haiti are still awaiting confirmation on the date a new minimum wage will be implemented, just-style has been told.

SOUTH KOREA & CAMBODIA. Rare gov’t insight in Korea docs. The Phnom Penh Post (9 January 2014) by Kevin Ponniah and Joe Freeman. Documents removed from the South Korean embassy’s Facebook page following a media firestorm over that nation’s alleged role in last week’s violence provide unprecedented insight into the Cambodian government’s thinking prior to the crackdown and suggest officials initially aimed to take a “cautious” approach.

BANGLADESH. One shot dead as Bangladesh footwear workers riot. Business Standard (9 January 2014) via AFP. Bangladesh police killed one woman when they opened fire today on workers protesting at feared wage cuts in the footwear industry after hundreds went on the rampage at a South Korean export zone, an officer said.  

PARAGUAY. Paraguay’s SNPP to begin apparel workers’ training in Feb. Fibre to Fashion (8 January 2014). With the intention of meeting the growing demand of skilled workers for clothing industry of Paraguay, the Tailoring Industry Association of Paraguay (AICP) and the National Vocation Service of the Ministry of Justice and Labor of Paraguay (SNPP) together initiated new training courses for garment workers which are scheduled to begin from February 2014.

CAMBODIA. Cambodian garment workers dying for a pay rise. Dawn (9 January 2014) by Suy Se. Cambodian workers demanding higher wages to toil in factories making Gap jeans and Nike trainers have found themselves on the frontline of a bloody crackdown on dissent by strongman premier Hun Sen.

HAITI. Hanes accused of underpaying Haitian garment workers. FashionUnited (6 January 2014).  Clothing brand Hanes is under fire after it has been accused of underpaying its garment workers in Haiti. Garment factories in Haiti are currently struggling to revive the country’s economy, after it was hit by major earthquake back in 2010.

 

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ARGENTINA. Conflicto en una textil. Página 12 (18 de Enero de 2014). Los trabajadores de la empresa Textil Mónica Mariel Boló denunciaron a su empleadora en el Ministerio de Trabajo por el incumplimiento del acuerdo firmado el martes en esa cartera.

CHILE. Trabajadores de Bellavista Oveja Tomé aseguran que fábrica “murió”. Bio Bio Chile (16 de Enero de 2014) por Armando Gilli. Tras los nuevos despidos en la fábrica Bellavista Oveja Tomé en el Bío Bío, los trabajadores aseguran que la empresa “murió”. En tanto, el gerente afirmó que no debe responder por los 30 funcionarios finiquitados, porque son decisiones internas.

ESPAÑA. Los trabajadores de Cardinter protestan por el impago de la nómina de siete meses. El Heraldo (17 de Enero de 2014) via Europa Press. Los empleados de Cardenal Internacional, una empresa dedicada al sector textil y ubicada en Zaragoza, se han concentrado ante el edificio Pignatelli para pedir el pago de sus nóminas.

MEXICO. Despiden a 300 trabajadores de empresa textil en Contepec. Cambio de Michoacán (16 de Enero de 2014). Más de 300 trabajadores del parque industrial de Contepec quedaron desempleados tras el cierre de la empresa textil Avante, y que ha dejado en plena orfandad económica a sus familias, subrayó el legislador por el Distrito de Maravatío.

HONDURAS. Maquila invertirá $400 millones y generará 120 mil empleos más. La Tribuna (14 de Enero de 2014). En las próximas semanas, los empresarios del sector textil agremiados en la Asociación Hondureña de Maquiladores (AHM), darán a conocer un plan que desde hace unos meses elaboran junto a las autoridades de gobierno, con el que pretenden llenar los techos industriales.

CAMBOYA. Empresarios textiles de Camboya demandan a los sindicatos. Euro Press (10 de Enero de 2014) via Reuters/EP. Los propietarios de muchas de las compañías de la industria textil de Camboya presentarán diversas demandas contra los sindicatos después de las protestas que tuvieron lugar las últimas semanas para exigir un incremento de los salarios mínimos.

URUGUAY. Mujica quiere beneficios fiscales en Juan Lacaze. El Pais (10 de Enero de 2014). El presidente José Mujica participó ayer de la asamblea de trabajadores de Agolán, empresa textil que se financia con fondos públicos y está quebrada, y prometió medidas para atraer inversiones a Juan Lacaze.   

ARGENTINA. Cortan el tránsito los empleados del taller textil de Cheeky, Prestige, Mimo y Montaigne. Los Andes (10 de Enero de 2014). Los trabajadores de la textil Mónica Mariel Boló cortaron el centro de Buenos Aires en protesta por el cierre y vaciamiento del taller y por las malas condiciones laborales. La textil hace la ropa de prestigiosas marcas.

CAMBOYA. Los trabajadores del textil de Camboya vuelven al trabajo tras cuatro cuatro muertes en las protestas. Euro Press (7 de Enerode 2014) via Reuters/EP. Muchos de los miles de trabajadores de la industria textil de Camboya han vuelto este martes a sus puestos de trabajo después de una huelga por los bajos sueldos que ha durado dos semanas y que se ha saldado con cuatro muertos.

 

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BRASIL e HAITI. SC é destino preferido de imigrantes haitianos. Clic RBS Diario Catarinense (18 de Janeiro de 2014) por Estela Benetti. Uma das empresas que mais contrataram haitianos é a Aurora, de Chapecó. Os primeiros chegaram em 2010 e hoje são 352. A Fibratec e a Coppi, do Oeste, também contrataram. Durante os feriados de final de ano as empresas do país pararam de contratar e os abrigos da divisa do Acre com o Peru ficou com mais de 1,3 mil haitianos, o que causou preocupação na região. Na última semana voltaram as contratações e o número começou a cair.

PORTUGAL. Têxtil Goucam cria 90 postos de trabalho em Castelo Branco. Expresso (16 de Janeiro de 2014) por Margarida Cardoso. Para dar resposta às encomendas e reforçar a sua capacidade de produção, a têxtil Goucam comprou uma unidade que tinha falido em Castelo Branco e está a criar 90 postos de trabalho neste concelho do interior.

BRASIL. Teka atrasa parte do 13º salário. Clic RBS (17 de Janeiro de 2014) por Estela Benetti. Em estado de greve desde segunda, trabalhadores da Teka, indústria têxtil de Blumenau, avaliam hoje a proposta da empresa para quitar a segunda parcela do 13º salário, que está atrasada. Em recuperação judicial desde outubro, a companhia sugeriu o pagamento do débito em duas parcelas, a primeira na segunda-feira e a outra dia 27 próximo.

BANGLADESH. Acidente em Bangladesh expôs a falta de transparência na indústria de vestuário. Zero Hora (16 de Janeiro de 2014) por Jim Yardley via New York Times. Complexo fabril desabou no início do ano passado e matou mais de 1,1 mil pessoas, no desastre mais letal da história da cadeia de roupas.

CAMBOJA. Enviado da ONU visita Camboja após repressão de protestos. Exame (13 de Janeiro de 2014). A polícia realizou as prisões entre 2 e 4 de janeiro durante a repressão da greve de trabalhadores do setor têxtil e dos protestos liderados pela oposição que denunciavam a fraude nas eleições gerais de julho e pediam uma nova votação.

BRASIL. Lista suja mostra aumento do trabalho escravo em áreas urbanas. RBA (7 de Janeiro de 2014) por Hylda Cavalcanti. Problema pode estar ligado ao tráfico de pessoas e à exploração de imigrantes ilegais nas grandes cidades.

 

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PAKISTAN. Pakistan. Le nouveau prêt du FMI : la recette immanquable pour une misère amère. Mondialisation (18 Janvier 2014) par Abdul Khaliq. Au cours des six dernières années, la dette publique du Pakistan a augmenté comme jamais dans l’histoire du pays, de 21,5% par an en moyenne entre 2008 et 2013 contre 6,6% par an entre 2000 et 2007.

ALGERIE. Algérie-Investissement: l’UGTA plaide pour plus d’allègement des procédures et de facilitation pour les PME. Maghrebe Mergent (17 Janvier 2014). Le Secrétaire général de la Fédération nationale des travailleurs du textile et du cuir (FNTTC) a plaidé jeudi pour plus de facilitations à l’investissement et pour l’allègement des procédures d’inscription au registre de commerce, notamment pour les PME.

HAITI. Haiti-emploi : des ouvriers du secteur textile à Port-au-Prince dénoncent une vague de révocations. HPN Haiti (15 Janvier 2014). Des ouvriers du secteur textile, travaillant dans les usines de la  Famille Apaid, ont dénoncé une série de révocations, disent-ils, arbitraires subies par près d’une trentaine d’ouvriers ayant participé  à des manifestations de rue pour réclamer une augmentation du salaire minimum  à 500 gourdes.

CAMBODGE et BANGLADESH. Les révoltes dans le textile au Cambodge et au Bangladesh font le jeu d’autres pays. Le Monde (8 Janvier 2014) par Claire Guélaud et Nicole Vulser. Le travail a repris dans les usines textiles du Cambodge, mardi 7 janvier, après deux semaines de grèves et de tensions politiques. Ce retour au calme pourrait être de courte durée : d’autres manifestations sont prévues, mardi 14 janvier, à Phnom Penh, quand Sam Rainsy, leader du principal parti d’opposition (le Parti du sauvetage national du Cambodge, PSNC) et son adjoint, Kem Sokha, comparaîtront devant un tribunal pour incitation « à troubler l’ordre public ».

CAMBODGE et HAITI. Les ouvriers du textile au Cambodge et à Haïti exigent des salaires plus élevés. Retail Detail (6 Janvier 2014) par Yoni Van Looveren. Non seulement au  Bangladesh, mais également au Cambodge et à Haïti les ouvriers du secteur textile protestent pour obtenir des salaires plus élevés. Les gouvernements des deux pays ont déjà augmenté légèrement les salaires minimum, mais les syndicats exigent davantage.