Garment Worker News 22 June 2014

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

INDONESIA. Mock trial to prove garment worker wages. Just-Style (20 June 2014) by Leoni Barrie. More than 140 garment workers from Indonesia are set to take part in a mock trial that begins tomorrow (21 June) to talk about pay and working conditions in factories making clothes for Western brands and retailers.

CAMBODIA. Cambodian garment workers may get next wage rise on Jan 1. Fibre2Fashion (17 June 2014). Garment workers in the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia are likely to get their next wage rise on January 1, 2015, as the Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) has agreed to increase salaries on January 1 each year, reports The Phnom Penh Post.

CAMBODIA. No justice for Cambodian garment workers killed while on strike. FSRN (16 June 2014). When Cambodian garment workers making clothes for U.S. brands like Walmart, Levis and Puma took to the streets in January demanding to be paid more than $3.00 a day, police and soldiers opened fire. Five people were killed instantly-another worker died this month due to the injuries he sustained. Rebecca Henschke, reporting with Borin Noun, says their families are demanding justice.

BAHRAIN. Bahrain workers face deportation over strike action. Arabian Business (16 June 2014) by Neil Halligan. As many as 2,000 workers at a Bahrain factory face deportation over an illegal strike action currently being taken.

BANGLADESH. British booze companies and Bangladeshi garment workers are already winners at the World Cup. Quartz (13 June 2014) by Danielle Wiener-Bronner via The Wire. Unfortunately, the extremely poor conditions for workers in the country’s garment industry could make this a dangerous boom.

GLOBAL. UOWD researchers shed new light on plight of garment workers, a year after Bangladesh factory tragedy. Zawya (12 June 2014). Two lecturers from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) have presented their research on the plight of garment workers in the wake of last year’s Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh (that killed more than 1,000 workers, though unofficial figures give higher death toll.

EUROPE. European garment sector workers paid below par wages -CCC. Fibre 2 Fashion (11 June 2014). Clean Clothes Campaign has released a new report that uncovers the truth behind high-end fashion chains and the Eastern European and Turkish garment workers that make their clothes.

MYANMAR. Gap’s entry to Burma could bring more good tidings, MGMA says. DVB (10 June 2014) by Aye Nai and Dene-Hern Chen. Gap’s entry into Burma could attract more foreign buyers into the fledgling garment industry, thus improving work conditions and increasing employment for workers, the chairman of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) said on Monday.

CAMBODIA. Strike continues as T&K rejects lunch allowance. The Phnom Penh Post (10 June 2014) by Mom Kunthear and Koam Chanrasmey. Union representatives stormed out of negotiations and continued a strike yesterday when managers at T&K Garment factory said workers would never receive the 2,000 riel ($0.50) daily lunch allowance allegedly promised to them.

 

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MEXICO. Tres meses en paro técnico 5 empresas textiles, revela CROC. Diario de Querétaro (21 de Junio de 2014) por Laura Banda. En paro técnico se encuentran cinco empresas textileras en la entidad, esto luego de una baja en la producción de alrededor del 20 por ciento, informó el secretario general de la Confederación de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC), Antonio Castelán Guarneros.

ARGENTINA. Preocupa la situación del sector textil en Tucumán. Tucumán a las 7 (18 de Junio de 2014). “Hubo una fuerte caída en el consumo interno que afecta a la industria porque no baja la importación”, aseguró Luis Salado, apoderado de la Asociación Obrera Textil (AOT).

EUROPA. Trabajadores textiles europeos en las mismas condiciones que Asia. Fashion United (17 de Junio de 2014). Casi todas las textiles que producen vestimenta para los principales minoristas europeos como Hugo Boss, Adidas, Zara, H&M o Benetton pagan a sus trabajadores por debajo del umbral de la pobreza, y muchos tienen que depender de la agricultura o un segundo empleo para poder sobrevivir, según el último informe de la Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC).

VIETNAM. Panorama económico de Vietnam. Argentina Press (17 de Junio de 2014). Confecciones mantienen el pulso de comercio exterior vietnamita.El valor de las exportaciones de confecciones y productos textiles de Vietnam en el primer semestre del año se estimó en 10 mil 210 millones de dólares, un crecimiento interanual de 16,4 por ciento.

ESPANA. “Si no existe innovación en la artesanía, la gente no lo compra”. La Verdad (16 de Junio de 2014). La montaron una trabajadora social y un diseñador textil. Lo que querían era que los trabajadores fueran personas con discapacidad intelectual para que pudieran trabajar y eso les motivara y que esa labor que hicieran les sirviera como terapia, en esta caso psicomotriz, y fueran también propietarios de una empresa.

ARGENTINA. Liberados en Buenos Aires seis trabajadores esclavos que eran vigilados por un rottweiler. El Mundo (13 de Junio de 2014) por Juan Ignacio Irigara. Primero los policías debieron dormir al bravo perro de raza rottweiler que vigilaba la puerta de la casa disparándole un dardo embebido en somnífero. Y, cuando el animal cayó en manos de Morfeo, pudieron ingresar a la finca.

 

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BRASIL. Mulheres de Fortaleza de Minas se capacitam em curso de costura industrial. Clic Folha (22 de Junho de 2014). Atentas ao mercado de confecções da região Sudoeste de Minas Gerais, vinte e duas mulheres de Fortaleza de Minas concluíram, no início de junho, o curso de Costureiro em Vestuário Industrial.

BRASIL. Mais de 4 milhões de pessoas se cadastraram como micro empreendedor individual. Je Online (13 de Junho de 2014) via Agência Brasil. Com cerca de 2 milhões de pessoas formalizadas, a Região Sudeste concentra 50% do total de micro empreendedores individuais.

BRASIL. Vendas da Sulanca podem crescer até 12%, prevê associação de Caruaru. G1 Globo (8 de Junho de 2014). Movimento de 70 mil compradores é devido ao São João e à Copa do Mundo.Trânsito ficou complicado em algumas ruas e avenidas do Centro da cidade.