Home-based and Garment Worker News, May 3 2012

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Garment Worker News

Thailand.  Factory staff, families still struggling.  April 30, 2012.  Bangkok Post.  Many factory workers say they are not much better off  financially after the 300-baht daily wage hike, now in its first month of  launch.

newsmay3Indonesia.  Olympic stress for Indonesian labourers who allege they endure sweatshop conditions.  April 29, 2012.  Kathy Marks. The National. Mirna works up to 60 hours a week in an Indonesian factory, stitching tracksuits and T-shirts for adidas, the official sportswear partner of the London Olympics. While the German company expects to make tens of millions of euros from this summer’s Games, Mirna earns just 8,125 rupiah (Dh3.28) an hour, and has had to send her son away to be looked after by grandparents.

Cambodia. ITUC Expresses Concerns for Trade Union Rights in the Garment Sector.  April 30, 2012. ITUC. For years, trade unions and the workers they represent in the garment sector have been subject to numerous serious violations of their rights.  Excessive hours of work and poor working conditions have led to several episodes of mass fainting. Collective bargaining agreements are being breached, and employers are refusing to negotiate with certain independent unions.

Cambodia.  Garment sector peace sought. April 30, 2012. Phnom Phen Post.  Tep Nimol.  Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on unions, employers and the Ministry of Labour to take a collaborative approach to stamping out violent protests in the garment industry, a unionist said yesterday.

Peru. ITGLWF seeks employment stability for garment workers.  Just Style.com.  Petah Marian. April 20, 2012. The International Textile Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF) has described Peru’s legislation covering non-traditional exports as “unconstitutional” and “in breach of international labour standards”.

India.  Dalit women exploited in garment supply chain. April 30, 2012.  Just Style.com.  Petah Marian.  April 30, 2012.  Young Dalit, (or Untouchables, as they were formerly labelled) women are continuing to suffer exploitative conditions in the Indian garment industry, according to a report released by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).

Peru.  Groups seek change to garment labour laws.  April 30, 2012.  Petah Marian.  Just Style. Workers’ rights groups have described Peru’s legislation covering non-traditional exports as “unconstitutional” and “in breach of international labour standards”.

Cambodia. Thousands of Cambodian workers take to streets on Labor Day. Xinhua. Nearly 10,000 Cambodian workers marched in Phnom Penh to commemorate the International Labor Day and call for pay rise and better working condition, union representatives said Tuesday.

Phillipines. Asia workers march for better pay, rights. May 2, 2012.  The Nation.  May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers’ holiday to a day of international protest yesterday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures.

India.   Less labour pains this May Day.May 1, 2012.  The Hindu. With prices of essential commodities constantly on the rise, there is some relief for unorganised workers in Karnataka this May Day. The Labour Department has decided to adopt the practice of compulsorily revising minimum wages once in three years.

Bengladesh.  Bangladesh’s garment workers brave deadly fires to make luxury American clothing.  May 1, 2012. Maher Satter. Global Post.  The country holds a commanding lead in the “race to the bottom” with the the lowest wages and some of the worst working conditions in the world.

Home-based Workers

Pakistan.  HBWs’ policy to improve living standard finalised.  May 1, 2012.  Daily Times. The Punjab government has finalised a comprehensive policy for Home-Based  Workers (HBWs) of Punjab to recognise them as workers and improve their living  standard.

Pakistan.  The Labour Union.  May 1, 2012.  The International News. However, the plight of labourers remained unresolved in Pakistan over the year. The situation in the country’s industrial and other sectors is alarming, as only four per cent of the workforce of 53 million is covered under the unions.

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India.  ‘Protest against atrocities.’ May 1, 2012. Deccan Herald.  Coming under the pressure of foreign companies, the Central and State government is trying to curb the rights of the labourers and are forming rules against them.

India.  Labour Day observed across states.  May 1, 2012. The Sunday Indian. Even as the state is observing the International Labor Day by announcing various welfare scheme, but still thousands of workers have no idea about the day as well as the scheme.