Home-based, Bidi, and Garment Worker News April 18 2012


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Bangladesh. Arifa — the life of a sweatshop worker.  April 13, 2012.

Bangladesh. Outcry Over Killing of a Bangladeshi Labour Leader. April, 13 2012. Haroon Habib. The Hindu. The alleged murder of a labour leader has invited international condemnation with a leading human rights body demanding that the Bangladesh government bring the perpetrators to book and stop such killings.

Cambodia. Nike execs to swoosh in. April 11, 2012. Vincent MacIsaac. The Phnom Penh Post. NIKE executives will meet with executives of one of their suppliers in Phnom Penh today to discuss fainting incidents at its factory in Kampong Speu, union and industry representatives said yesterday.

Bengladesh. Garment workers block Mohakhali street. April 16, 2012. BDNews24.com. Workers of a garment factory demonstrated blocking the capital’s Mohakhali-Gulshan road for nearly one hour on Monday morning to demand compensation due to relocation of their factory.

India. Alert rescue teams save 57 after building cave-in. April 17, 2012. Samaan Lateef. The Pioneer. The alacrity of members of a joint operation involving Army, police, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), CRPF and volunteers of various religious groups managed to rescue 57 workers who were trapped after a garment factory collapsed in Jalandhar

Indonesia. Exposed: The reality behind London’s ‘ethical’ Olympics. April 15, 2012. Kathy Marks. The Indepedent. Olympic-branded gear – to be worn by British athletes and Games volunteers – is being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making a mockery of claims by London 2012 organisers that this summer’s Games will be the most ethical ever.

London. Stephen Foley: Decades of criticism have not cleaned up supply chains. April 14, 2012. Stephen Foley. The Independent. Last year it was Nike. Indonesian workers manufacturing for its Converse brand told undercover reporters that supervisors slap them in the face and kick them if they make mistakes. The mainly female workforce at the factory in Pou Chen makes 50 cents an hour, we learned, and those who file complaints can expect to be fired.


Home-based Workers

Lebanon. Arab Women Blaze Trails in Start-Ups. April 12, 2012. The Wall Street Journal. Conferences for start-ups and entrepreneurs often feature “pitch contests,” slots in which aspiring entrepreneurs take to the stage to sell their ideas to the audience. Last month’s ArabNet conference, held in the Lebanese capital, was no different. What was different, however, was the number of pitches from female entrepreneurs.

Pakistan. ‘Legislation vital to protect legitimate rights.’ April 15, 2012. The International News. Comprehensive legislation is imperative to protect the legitimate rights of Home Based workers (HBW), said DO Social Welfare Sarfraz Ahmed.

Latin America.  El trabajo asalariado.  April 10, 2012.  Durante los últimos 10 años, gran parte de las fuentes de trabajo creadas, tanto en el sector privado como en el Estado, tienen como característica la precariedad, son puestos de trabajo inestables, con bajos salarios y sin protección social.


 Bidi Workers

India. Medical cover for hawkers, bidi workers. April 10, 2012. The Telegraph. Jharkhand has become the first state to offer medical insurance under the Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojana (RSBY) to bidi workers and street vendors, promising an annual coverage of Rs 30,000 for treatment in hospitals of their choice.

India. Ajit Pawar cuts down VAT on beedis, tobacco. April 14, 2012. The state government on Friday announced a 7.5 % reduction in value-added tax (VAT) on beedis and branded tobacco sachets. DNA.