Home-Based Worker News 22 June 2014

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Home-Based Workers(English)

PAKISTAN. Punjab commission on status of women starts work. The International News (21 June 2014) by Meeran Karim. Talking to The News, PCSW Chairperson Viqar said the Commission will act as a much needed watchdog to examine government’s work in the arena of women rights and provide feedback on this basis.

BULGARIA. Bulgaria Is “The Sewing Sweatshop of Europe” – report. Novinite (19 June 2014). New report released by Clean Clothes Campaign shows that garment workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey are paid poverty wages.

MOROCCO. Supporting the Reform of Social Protection in Health in Morocco. All Africa (4 June 2014). So far, not all public and private sector employees are covered by the compulsory insurance scheme.

GLOBAL. Income inequality is not the biggest economic threat to women. Washington Post (4 June 2014) by Joann Weiner. The EPI identifies the culprit in this disparity: Worker compensation hasn’t kept up with worker productivity.

GLOBAL. Nobody Knows, Cares Whether Your Clothes Are Made In Deadly Factories. Huffington Post (4 June 2014) by Kim Bhasin. That means many retailers are just as in the dark as shoppers about whether a piece of clothing was stitched together by workers earning rock-bottom wages in some of the world’s most decrepit, ramshackle factories.

PAKISTAN. Over half of Pakistan lives under poverty line: Dar. Dawn (3 June 2014). If $2 is considered to be the minimum daily wage, then more than half of the country lives below the poverty line, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Monday as he unveiled the Pakistan Economic Survey for 2013-14.

NIGERIA. Labour casualization in Nigeria. Business Day (2 June 2014) by Temitope Adamson. This changing pattern of work, say casual, contract, temporary, part time employments, subcontracting and so on have created concerns for workers and trade unions alike.

PAKISTAN. Women workers: Convention calls for law on home-based work. The Express Tribune (1 June 2014). Lawmakers discussed various problems faced by women workers and stressed that they should be recognised as an important part of the work force.

UGANDA. Pension reforms in Uganda are long overdue. The Observer (27 May 2014) by Moses Bekabye. Government is undertaking reforms in the retirement benefits sector aimed at protecting workers’ savings and ensuring that these savings are invested well, to give a good return to savers, while minimizing potential risk.

 

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ESPANA. Santo Domingo acogió con éxito el ‘Mercado solidario’. La Rioja (21 de Junio de 2014) por J. Albo. Un gran ambiente rodeó la celebración en Santo Domingo de la Calzada del XV Mercado Solidario organizado por Cáritas de La Rioja Alta, que volvió a convertir la plaza de la Alameda en una fiesta de la interculturalidad.

VENEZUELA. Reportan grave escasez de hilos y productos de mercería en Anaco. Mundo Oriental (21 de Junio de 2014). La escasez de productos esenciales sigue tocando todo tipo rubros en el municipio Anaco, lugar donde numerosas costureras deben hacer frente a la frecuente ausencia en los anaqueles de comercios especializados de botones, cintas, telas, encajes, cierres e incluso adornos para diversas ocasiones.

MEXICO. Se reunirán mujeres índigenas con EPN en su visita a Chihuahua. El Heraldo (2 de Junio de 2014). Las mujeres de la Empresa Integradora La Tarahumara se reunirán hoy con el presidente de la república, Enrique Peña Nieto, en el municipio de Guachochi, en la reunión le expondrán la necesidad de trabajo para los talleres de costura, así mismo tratarán el posible contrato para confeccionar los blancos de todos los albergues de la Comisión para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CDI).

 

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BRASIL. Seides leva grupo de artesãs de Comunidade Quilombola para expor peças no Centro de Arte e Cultura J. Inácio. Aqui Acontece (21 de Junho de 2014). A iniciativa objetivou, além de expor o artesanato produzido por essas mulheres, realizar a prova prática necessária para a obtenção da carteira profissional de artesã, bem como apresentá-las à estrutura física e à logística de funcionamento do Centro, localizado na Orla de Atalaia, em Aracaju.

BRASIL. OIT: 830 milhões de mulheres não têm direitos garantidos no trabalho. BBC (13 de Maio de 2014). Para a OIT, a prática, porém, cresce o mercado de trabalho informal e persiste o desrespeito à legislação e a discriminação à mulher no país.