Home-based Worker News Sept 27 2012

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Colombia. Trabajadores Independientes Según el Art.13 de la Ley 1527 de 2012. September 21, 2012. Youtube. Respuesta Garment Workers SouthEast Asiadel Dr. Diego Guevara, Líder de Investigación Contable y Tributaria de actualicese.com a la pregunta. 

Pakistan. Families of missing workers still looking for bodies. September 14, 2012. Dawn.com. Desperate family members of still missing workers were looking for their loved ones in the fire-struck garment factory in Baldia Town on Thursday afternoon, when search for more bodies had almost been abandoned.

Thailand. Informal Workers Demand Rights. September 15, 2012. Bangkok Post. Having chosen to work outside the employment system, 1.2 million people in Bangkok who make up the informal work sector have no access to social benefits and opportunities, even though they make a sizeable contribution to the economy and lifestyle of the capital.

India. Garment workers slog all day for peanuts. September 15, 2012. The Times of India. BANGALORE: Verbal and sexual abuse is part of their job. Their salaries range from Rs 100-Rs 250 a day, and even that is not paid on time. 

India. 80 p.c. garment workers come to Bangalore for sheer survival. September 15, 2012. The Hindu. As much as 80 per cent of garment workers in Bangalore are migrants from villages and tribal hamlets, pushed out because their traditional sources of livelihood have been “systematically destroyed”, says a sample survey report of garment workers conducted by Bangalore University. 

India. 73 % garment workforce are women. September 15, 2012. The Asian Age. A sample survey conducted by Bangalore University states that nearly 80 per cent of those employed in garment factories in Bengaluru are migrants from districts and villages whose customary source of livelihood has been methodologically destroyed. The findings of the survey by the Allampalli Venkataram Chair on Labour Research of the university were released on Friday. The report states that 63.4 per cent of the workers surveyed belonged to backward classes and were from farming families. A majority of them are between 21 and 30 years old, and most of them are educated only till 10th standard or Pre University.

Bangladesh. Police Fire Tear Gas as RMG Workers Riot. September 16, 2012. The Independent. DHAKA: Police on Sunday fired rubber bullets and tear gas at tens of thousands of garment workers as they rioted in a key industrial area outside Dhaka, demanding a reduction in working hours. 

Pakistan. Factory cleared for safety before deaths. September 21, 2012. Declan Walsh. Brisbane Times. ISLAMABAD: A prominent factory monitoring group heavily financed by Western companies gave a clean bill of health to a Pakistani garment factory last month, weeks before a fire engulfed the premises and killed nearly 300 workers, many of them trapped behind locked exits.