Home-Based and Garment Workers News, April 10 2012


Home-Based Worker News

Pakistan.  Women empowerment package remains dormant. (April 9, 2012).  Pakistan Press Foundation. Not a single step has been taken to implement the Punjab Women Empowerment Package announced with much fanfare by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif about a month back.

Australia.  The Fair Work Act Changes & What These Mean. (April 4, 2012).  Ethical Clothing Australia.  In response to the recent amendments made to the Fair Work Act, Ethical Clothing Australia clarifies the changes.


Garment Worker News

Swaziland. Minister Raids Textile Factory. (April 2, 2012). AllAfrica.com. The Swaziland Minister of Labour personally led a raid on a textile factory following a tip-off that workers were being exploited.

Cambodia. Mass Fainting at Cambodian Garment Factory (April 4, 2012). FoxNews. At a factory in Cambodia that is believed to make Nike apparel, at least 107 garment workers fainted on Wednesday. The cause is likely to be exposure to chemicals and poor ventilation, reports New York magazine.

Cambodia.  Boycott Nike, says Mu Sochua.  (April 9, 2012).  The Phnom Penh Post.  Opposition MP Mu Sochua yesterday called for a boycott of global sports brand Nike, following two fainting incidents at a factory that supplies it last week.

India. Costliest city’s garment workers paid less than those in other cities. (April 5, 2012). The Hindu. Bangalore is among the biggest exporters of high quality garments from India. The city, according to a recent analysis of Consumer Price Index (CPI), is also the costliest city to live in. However, ironically, minimum wages fixed for garment workers in Karnataka are far lower than elsewhere.

Cambodia. The Fashion Industry’s Perfect Storm: Collapsing Workers and Hyperactive Buyers. (April 4, 2012). Anne Elizabeth Moore. Truthout. About a year ago, record numbers of garment laborers in factories across Cambodia – which exports 70 percent of the garments manufactured there to the US – were reported to be suddenly and mysteriously falling to the ground, unconscious.

Switzerland. Ban demand for killer sandblasting process for faded jeans. (April 5, 2012). Geneva Lunch. The sandblasting process used to fashionably fade jeans carries severe health risks and companies are not doing enough to end the deadly practice, says Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), The group in a report called “Deadly Denim”, released 29 March in Geneva, calls for a worldwide ban.

USA. Philadelphia film about slain Cambodian activist wins Peabody. (April 6, 2012.). Peter Crimmins. Newsworks. The Peabody Award has been given to a Philadelphia filmmaker. The prestigious award for broadcasting journalism honored a low-budget documentary about the assassination of a Cambodian labor activist.

Bengladesh. Plea to introduce rationing for RMG workers. (April 6, 2012.) The News Today. Leaders of National Garments Workers Federation on Wednesday demanded special allocation in five sectors in the next national budget including introduction of full rationing for the garments workers, reports UNB.

Bengladesh.  Garment union leader murdered in Bengladesh. (April 9, 2012).  Asia One. A prominent Bangladesh garment union leader has been found murdered with his body bearing “severe” torture marks, police said Monday.

Cambodia. Garment workers sacked for striking. (April 6, 2012). Labour Behind the Label. Take action today to support over 300 Cambodian workers sacked for their participation in strikes for fair wages. The workers downed their tools in September last year to support trade unions in ongoing minimum-wage negotiations. They were dismissed from their factories as a consequence.

Bengladesh. Labour activists reject minimum wage proposal. (April 6, 2012). Labour Behind the Lable. Garment-workers unions and labour-rights organisations have reacted with indignation and disappointment at the newly-proposed increase to the minimum wage in Bangladesh’ garment industry. Yesterday the National Wage Board recommended an increase of the minimum wage to 3000 Bangladeshi ‘taka’ (£27).

Sweden. Is H&M the new home of ethical fashion? (April 7, 2012). Lucy Siegle. Guardian. The world’s second largest clothing retailer is trying to remake itself as a greener option.