Home-based and Garment Worker News, April 3 2012

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Home-based Workers News

India. “DVS rolls back VAT on beedi.” (March 29, 2012). Decclan Herald. Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Thursday announced withdrawal of Value Added Tax (VAT) of five per cent which he had proposed to levy on beedi in the budget for 2012-13.

India. “Beedi workers oppose VA.” (March 28, 2012). The Hindu. Saying that the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) on beedis, proposed in the State Budget 2012-13, would severely affect beedi workers, the Karnataka State Beedi Workers’ Federation demanded its withdrawal.

India.  “Beedi industry seeks withdrawal of VAT.”  (March 28, 2012.)  Times of India.  The beedi  industry has taken strong umbrage to the imposition of 5% value added tax  (VAT) on sale of beedi in the recent state budget.

Pakistan.  “A taste of rural world shared at Meena Bazaar.” (April 2, 2012.)  The Daily Times. Home-based workers and women coming from the rural background held a Meena  Bazaar on Sunday, displaying apparels for women and children, and other fashion  accessories at more than 50 stalls.

Pakistan.  “Home-based workers in KP Task force to remove lacunas from bill.” (April 2, 2012.)  Labour Watch Pakistan. A task force will soon be formed to help remove lacunas from the `Home-Based Workers Bill` within three months so that it could be tabled in the provincial assembly again. Once passed the bill would ensure rights to thousands of home-based workers in the province.

Pakistan. “Capacity-building: ‘Laws should uphold treaty commitments’.”  (March 29, 2012). By Shamsul Islam. The Express Tribune. The government should ensure that laws enacted in the country are in accordance with international treaties on human rights the country is a party to, Democratic Commission for Human Development Director Tanveer Jahan said on Wednesday.

Garment Workers News

Cambodia.  “Police deny baton beatdown.” (March 29, 2012).  By Tep Nimol.  The Phnom Phen Post. The Phnom Penh municipal police chief yesterday denied claims his officers had beaten three female garment factory workers with batons and shields during a protest in which a 21-year-old’s nose was allegedly broken on Tuesday.

USA.  “Students’ Sweatshop Simulation Draws Attention To Labor Rights Violations.” (March 28, 2012). By Cara Palmer.  Neon Tommy.  The use of sweatshops defines the norm of companies in the garment industry. Companies source from factories that are characterized by abysmally low wages, dreadfully unsafe working conditions, and repressive limitations on workers’ rights to associate and unionize.

Cambodia.  “Unions call for hike in garment worker wages.” (March 21, 2012).  By Leonie Barrie. Just-Style.  The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) has launched a campaign to try to encourage the country’s garment industry workers to demand a rise in the minimum wage.

USA. “Garment Work: unpicking the global garment industry.” (March 17, 2012). By Lisa Vinebaum. The Journal of Modern Craft. The current resurgence of craft and hand making — especially among a new and often self-taught generation of makers — is often theorized as a contemporary reaction to (indeed as an act of resistance against) the forces of economic globalization, mass-production, and consumption.

Bengladesh. “150 injured in clashes over pay hike for workers.” (March 26, 2012). Gulf Times.  At least 150 people were  injured yesterday in Bangladesh’s northern Pabna district as garment factory  workers clashed with police over demands for pay increases, officials  said.

Jordan. “Labour watchdog alleges rights violations in garment factory.”  (April 1, 2012).  By Hani Hazeimah.  The Jordan Times. The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights has reported violations of guest  rights at a garment factory in El Hassan Industrial Estate, and the government said they are looking into the allegations.

USA.  Taiwanese film director remarks on issues in fashion industry. (March 29, 2012). By Heather Mundinger.  Washington Square News. It is easy to forget that fashion comes at a high price — and not just at the cash register. Taiwanese filmmaker Chao-ti Ho brings this to light through two documentary films which were screened at NYU’s Asian Pacific American Institute on March 23.