Garment Workers News Oct 8 2012

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Bangladesh EmbroidererINDIA. Garment workers not aware of Minimum Wages Act: Bangalore University study. October 1, 2012. Sharadha Kalyanam. The New Indian Express. Nearly 64 per cent of the apparel workers in the state are unaware of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and ESI benefits that are due to them. Out of the 3 lakh garment workers employed at units in and around Bangalore, an overwhelming majority hold subscriptions to employee provident schemes but are ignorant of its benefits, according to a sample survey conducted by Bangalore University.

CAMBODIA. Garment Workers Go on Strike. October 2, 2012. Mom Kunthear. Phnom Penh Post. More than 2,000 workers from four garment factories in Phnom Penh and Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces protested for better treatment yesterday.

INDIA. The piecemeal life of Tirupur’s female workers. October 8, 2012. Rukmini Shrinivasan. The Times of India. TIRUPUR: On the factory shop-floors, homes and streets of south India’s garment export hub, labour dynamics are changing. As jobs are becoming increasingly atomized and insecure, local labour is looking for better options allowing migrants from the north to fill the void.

BANGLADESH. Garment workers observe work stoppage. October 6, 2012. UNBConnect. Gazipur, Oct 6 (UNB) – Workers of two garment factories in Sadar upazila on Saturday observed work stoppage demanding hike in their wages and sufficient leave on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

BANGLADESH. Garment Workers Protest for Compensation in Dhaka. October 5, 2012. Firox Ahmed. Demotix. The National Garments Workers Federation hold a demonstration in front of the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka, demanding compensation for garment workers who were affected by the blaze at Begunbari in Tejgaon.

CAMBODIA. Cambodia: Garment Workers Making US Brands Stitch ’til They Faint. October 5, 2012. Patrick Winn. Global Post. BANGKOK — In Cambodia, poverty is endemic and its people, largely unskilled and deprived of quality education, will work for dirt-cheap wages.