Garment Worker News 6 July 2014

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CAMBODIA. Registration of garment factories up in first half. The Phnom Penh Post. (6 July 2014) by Daniel de Carteret. The number of garment factories registered in Cambodia reached 1,200 at the end of June, an 8 per cent increase over six months ago, according to data released by the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft.

SRI LANKA. Skilled worker exodus seen as stalling industrial progress. The Island (4 July 2014) by Steve A. Morrell. The minister cited the example of about 160 garment factories now rendered dysfunctional because of various reasons and the government’s plans to make these factories functional and vital to the economy.

EUROPE. Does ‘Made in Europe’ mean better conditions for garment workers? BG Fashion (4 July 2014) by Veselka Petrova. Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No’ according to Clean Clothes Campaign’s research conducted in 10 countries (with 300 workers) -Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Georgia, Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia & Herzegovina and Moldova.

VIETNAM. Vietnam Debates Case for Higher Minimum Wage. Vietnam Briefing (3 July 2014). Full-time laborers comprise a significant portion of minimum wage earners in Vietnam, and work primarily in the garment, footwear and fishery industries.

GLOBAL. ILO’s BFC releases second online transparency report. Fibre 2 Fashion (3 July 2014). The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme releases its 2nd online transparency report showing how individual garment factories measure up on key working conditions.

JORDAN & USA. Jordan and USA assesses worker rights progress. Just Style (3 July 2014) by Richard Woodard. Government officials from the US and Jordan have met to assess progress on workers right in the latter’s fast growing industry.

CAMBODIA. LAC asks Cambodian unions to begin discussion on wage hike. Fibre 2 Fashion (2 July 2014). The Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) has asked unions and employers to start internal discussions about wages this month itself, as per the detailed schedule approved by the LAC.

USA. Top Dems push labor reforms abroad. The Hill (2 July 2014) by Mike Lillis. Top House Democrats are pushing Bangladeshi leaders to take greater steps to protect their nation’s garment workers, who supply clothing to some of the leading retail chains in the United States.

BANGLADESH. Primark ‘cry for help’ labels have painted Bangladeshi women as helpless. The Guardian (2 July 2014) by Tansy Hoskins.Labels found in Swansea remind the public of the cost of fashion, but we need a better approach to change the working conditions in factories that make our clothes.

INDIA. Tirupur model renews hopes in Sircilla. The Hindu (2 July 2014) by K.M. Dayashankar. This will be possible only if there is an attitudinal change among power loom weavers, say owners.

SOUTH AFRICA. GroundUp: Workers say Metrorail endangers livelihoods, lives. Daily Maverick (30 June 2014) by Joy Shan for GroundUp. Every morning at the TCI Apparel factory in Epping, shop steward Mymoena Williams writes down the names of the textile workers who arrive late. In this notebook are entire pages filled with employees being late for the same reason: the trains.

CAMBODIA. Garment Workers’ labor law contest opens for applications. Fibre 2 Fashion (27 June 2014). The 5th cycle of the Garment Workers’ Radio Competition allowing garment workers to express their knowledge and experience pertaining to Cambodia labour law, is launched.

BANGLADESH. Stalemate Over Garment Factory Safety in Bangladesh. The New York Times (25 June 2014) by Steven Greenhouse and Julfikar Ali Manik. Eight times now, the European-dominated Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh -a group of more than 150 retailers and brands- has forced the temporary closing of garment factories after its inspectors found dangerous conditions.

INDONESIA. Indonesia Tribunal demands living wage for garment workers. Fibre 2 Fashion (24 June 2014). After a two-day public hearing, the jury of the People’s Tribunal to assess human rights abuses faced by workers in the Indonesian garment industry announced its verdict.

 

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NICARAGUA. Masaya repunta en generación de empleo en zona franca. El Nuevo Diario (6 de Julio de 2014) por Alma Vidaurre Arias y Ricardo Guerero. Sector. El textil-vestuario sigue siendo líder entre las empresas usuarias, seguido de arneses automotrices.

EE.UU y PERU. EE.UU. dejaría de comprar confecciones peruanas para reemplazarlas por prendas asiáticas, advierte Adex. Gestion (6 de Julio de 2014). Para Adex, las confecciones de países asiáticos tienen mejores precios y mano de obra mucho más económica con relación a las prendas de origen peruano.

ESPANA. El sector textil pierde un 35% de empresas y un 30% del empleo desde el inicio de la crisis. La Información (3 de Julio de 2014). El sector textil y confección español ha sufrido desde el inicio de la crisis la pérdida del 35% de sus empresas, que han pasado de 13.036 en 2008 a 8.471 en 2013, así como del 30% del empleo, que ha pasado de 182.000 a 129.000 trabajadores, lo que le convierte en uno de los más castigados, según un informe de Cotec.

ARGENTINA. Cruce de acusaciones entre trabajadores textiles y el gremio de la AOT. Fénix (2 de Julio de 2014). En representación de alrededor de diez trabajadores de las textiles de Akito y de El Poderoso, se acercaron hasta los estudios de Radio Fénix para dar a conocer su descontento ante la toma que mantienen las operarias desplazadas de la fábrica.

ARGENTINA. Tucuman recibió sábanas para hospitales hechas por cooperativas. Tucuman a las 7 (2 de Julio de 2014).  La ministra de Desarrollo Social junto a autoridades provinciales, municipales y cooperativistas entregó 150.000 juegos de sábanas confeccionadas por emprendedores sociales.

MEXICO. Alrededor de 100 mdp, impacto que generan ferias foráneas itinerarias en Michoacán. Cambio de Michoacán (1 de Julio de 2014) por Fátima Paz. El tesorero de la Canaco-Servytur en Morelia, destacó que al menos tres mil micro y pequeños comercios de textiles, calzado, perfumería y accesorios se ven afectados por prácticas inequitativas, como la venta al margen del pago de impuestos de estos productos por parte de oferentes ajenos al estado.

ARGENTINA. Clausuraron tres talleres clandestinos en Lomas. Diario Popular (1 de Julio de 2014). Todos fueron cerrados debido a que no contaban con la debida habilitación; mientras que el dueño de uno de ellos quedó a disposición de la Justicia al ser denunciado por el delito de trata de personas.

PERU. Empresarios textiles de Puno mejorarán sus procedimientos de exportación. Radio Publica (26 de Junio de 2014). Un total de 23 empresarios textiles de la Región Puno firmaron un acta de compromiso de trabajadores con Sierra Exportadora a fin de mejorar sus procesos de exportación a los países de Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia y Paraguay.

MEXICO. Logra Estado conciliar para acabar con huelga en empresa Cáctex. Kiosco Mayor (26 de Junio de 2014). Las actividades se reanudaron de manera normal. Entre otros acuerdos, se pagarán los salarios caídos y se revisará el pago de utilidades.

 

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PORTUGAL e FILIPINAS. Filipinos abrem têxtil com 157 trabalhadores após visto ‘gold’. Economico (4 de Julho de 2014) por Sonia Santos Pereira e Monica Silvares. O casal de filipinos, que investiu quatro milhões de euros numa fábrica em Paredes, prevê empregar 250 pessoas em 2015.

BRASIL. Mato Grosso participará de congresso nacional. Midia News (3 de Julho de 2014). Uma delegação de 40 trabalhadores do setor de vestuário e têxtil de Mato Grosso participará do 19º Congresso Nacional do Vestuário e Calçados da Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores nas Indústrias (CNTI), entre os dias 27 e 30 de julho, em Brasília (DF).

BRASIL. Na Justiça, OAS e GEP forçam saída da ‘lista suja’ da escravidão. RBA (2 de Julho de 2014) por Daniel Santini.  Um dia após serem incluídas em atualização semestral, empresas conseguem retirada do cadastro de empregadores flagrados com trabalho escravo.

BRASIL. Trabalhadores do Vestuário de Mato Grosso recebem reajuste de 7,5%. Mundo Sindical (30 de Junho de 2014) via Midia News. A decisão foi tomada pelo Sindicato das Indústrias do Vestuário do Estado de Mato Grosso (Sinvest-MT), em reunião de Convenção Coletiva de Trabalho 2014/2015, com o Sindicato dos Trabalhadores nas Indústrias do Vestuário e Têxtil do Estado de Mato Grosso (Stivet-MT), realizada na última quinta-feira (26/06).

BRASIL e HAITI. Refugiados do Haiti conquistam vagas em Três Lagoas. Jornal Dia Dia (30 de Junho de 2014) por Gisele Mendes . A maioria deles trabalha no setor industrial, mais precisamente no ramo têxtil e também na área de construção civil e no comércio.