Home-Based and Garment Worker News, March 26 2012


Social Issues, Social Justice, Social ChangeHome-Based Workers


CAMBODIA. “Study report of Key Issues of HBWs in 2 cities of Cambodia.” Release of a study by HomeNet South Asia and Artisans Associations of Cambodia on HBW in two Cambodian cities. Theobjectives of the study were: to understand the current issues faced by home-based workers in Phnom Penh city and Siem Reap province, and to highlight the suggestions of home-based workers regarding their livelihood

PAKISTAN. “Homebased workers unity to get rights stressed.” (March 25, 2012). Home-based workers (HBWs) in Pakistan must unite on a platform to get the International Labour Organisation’s Home Work Convention C-177 ratified and work on getting post-devolution policies and legislation in order to protect their rights.

PAKISTAN.  “ILO, UN Women sign Letter of Intent.”  (March 22, 2012).  Pakistan Observer.  The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Women Wednesday signed Letter of Intent to develop a common approach for better coordination and cooperation to work effectively on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives.

AUSTRALIA.  “Outworker protections pass Senate.”  March 21, 2012.  NineMSN.  Lisa Martin.    Textile industry outworkers, sewing clothes in suburban sweatshops for as little as $2 an hour, can expect a better deal under legislation passed by the Senate on Wednesday.

Garment Workers


BANGLADESH. “100 injured in Ishwardi EPZ clash.” (March 25). Daily Star Online. Agitated garment workers of Ishwardi EPZ clash with police on Sunday.

UNITED STATES.  “Tony Hawk’s Clothing Line Made in Unsafe Factories?” (March 22, 2012).  Matthew Mosk.  ABC News.  Celebrity skateboard icon Tony Hawk has parlayed his rugged image into a brand that earns more than $200 million a year and dominates the young men and boys clothing aisles at the discount department store Kohl’s. The Hawk label was also on the garment factory floor in a Bangladesh high-rise just over a year ago when a fire swept through the upper stories, killing 29 workers.

UK.  “Tommy Hilfiger forced to make $2M safety concessions after fire that killed 29  workers at factory… but why haven’t Kohl’s and the Gap followed  suit?” (March 22, 2012).  Daily Mail Online.  More than a year after a fire killed 29 workers trapped inside a garment factory in Bangladesh, one of the American companies whose clothing was made at the plant has bowed to criticism and made concrete concessions to improve worker saftey.

BANGLADESH. “Agreement reached with PVH on safety in Bangladeshi garment factories.” (March 22, 2012). Clean Clothes Campaign. We are very pleased to announce that CCC, together with Bangladeshi and internationallabour rights groups and trade unions, have signed an Memorandum ofUnderstanding with the US based company PVH (owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein) to improve safety at their suppliers in Bangladesh.

BANGLADESH. “US brands to help improve safety standards in garment factories.” Nizam Ahmed. (March 23, 2012). The Financial Express.  Following PVH, a number of other internationally reputed brands are likely to make such financial commitments to help implement safety schemes for garment workers.

BENGLADESH.  “Labor Activist Asks Wal-mart to Protect Her.”  Brain Ross.  ABC News.  (March 23, 2012).  A Bangladeshi labor activist is urging Wal-Mart and other well-known American clothing brands to call on the government to drop the criminal “incitement” charges leveled against her after she rallied to improve working conditions at garment factories there.

PAKISTAN. “Living wage campaign for carpet workers in Pakistan.”  (March 17, 2012). Fibre2Fashion.com.  The Ittehad Labour Union Carpet Industries Pakistan  (ILUCIP) has secured unprecedented wage increases for carpet workers in Lahore.

INDIA.  “RMG workers block city road for arrears.”  (March 22, 2012.)  The Daily Star.  Workers of a readymade garments factory at the capital’s Mohakhali staged  angry demonstrations on the streets on Thursday demanding their due payments and  overtime allowances.

SOUTH AFRICA. “Garment workers protest against low wages.” (March 22, 2012). Katie Smith.  Just-Fashion. Some 3,500 garment workers in South Africa have staged a protest againsta textile number of companies, accusing them of violating wage laws.

CAMBODIA. “Shooting Victims in Fear as Alleged Shooter Goes Free.” (March 21, 2012). Voice of America.  Victims of a shooting in the eastern province of Svay Rieng last month say theyare now living in fear, as local authorities have failed to detain the man accused of shooting them, the former governor of Bavet city.

UNITED STATES.  “U.S.Fashion With a Conscience.” (March 21, 2012). Phil Shepherd.  Huffington Post. It was passion to do something about the supply chains that churn out fast fashion, change it and support ethical treatment of cotton farmers and garment workers.

UK.  “Real brand of Olympics 2012: Sweatshop labour.” (March 23, 2012). Paddy McGuffin. Morning Star. The nation’s media clamoured this week for a first glimpse of the new Stella McCartney-designed British Olympic kit – but with little thought to those who produce the garments, often in appalling conditions.

CAMBODIA.  “Strikers fed up with delays.”  (March 23, 2012). Phnom Penh Post.  Striking workers planned to set tyres aflame today outside a garment factory that supplies JC Penney in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district, union officials said yesterday on the sixth day of the strike at Hong Kong-owned Win Shing-tex Cambodia Co Ltd.