Home-based Worker News, May 14 2012

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Pakistan.  Country needs legal cover to protect home-based workers. May 2, 2012.  Pakistan Observer.  There are 8.52 million home based workers in the country representing 60% of women work force denied of rights extended to workers defined as laborers in the country.

Indonesia.  Workers unite for demands of better life on May Day. May 2, 2012.  The Jakarta Post.  Factory worker Rusminah, 39, struggled to keep up in the rally to mark the International Workers’ Day, or May Day, that went smoothly and peacefully on Tuesday.

Cambodia. Union leader hurt in strikes. May 3, 2012.  Tep Nimol. Phnom Penh Post.  Thousands of garment workers went on strike yesterday demanding higher wages, fees for transportation and housing, and in one case, the elimination of smelly odours caused by a fish farm near their factory.

Australia.  Olympic suppliers deny being sweatshops.  May 7, 2012. Sky News. The Australian Olympic Committee says its uniform suppliers have assured it their workers are not being exploited or denied their rights.

Sri Lanka.  Forced Labour Claims Dent Image Of London 2012. May 7, 2012. Emily Dugan. Colombo Telegraph.  They were supposed to be the most ethical Games yet, but research in Asian factories supplying official clothing has led to allegations of sweatshop conditions.

Belgium.  Olympic supply chains should be ethical.  Fibre2Fashion.  May 8, 2012. Workers making Olympic sportswear for London 2012 for top brands and high street names including adidas and Next are being paid poverty wages, forced to work excessive overtime and threatened with instant dismissal if they complain about working conditions, according to a new report from the Play Fair 2012 campaign published.

India.  Beedi workers worst hit by rising prices, says union leader.  May 3, 2012. The Hindu.The Beedi and Tobacco Union affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress celebrated its 75 anniversary here on Wednesday. The union, which has been established in 1935, has about 1 lakh members.

India.  Beedi workers’ hopes for better wages go up in smoke.  May 5, 2012. S. Sandeep Kumar   The Hindu.  Thirty-eight year old Shanthamma struggles to make both the ends meet despite working for over nine hours a day in rolling beedis. She gets just wages of Rs.105 as against Rs.137 fixed by the government for making 1000 beedis.

India. Beedi workers seek revision in pay. May 7, 2012.  IBN Live.  Karnataka State Beedi Workers Federation has demanded the state government to increase their wages.

India.  ‘Central move reason for rise in poverty in nation.’ May 8, 2012.  Deccan Herald.  The Central government has opened the doors for global markets. This has increased poverty in the nation, said All India Beedi Workers Federation Chief Secretary Mohammed Nizamuddin after inaugurating the 8th State Convention of Karnataka State Beedi Workers Federation (CITU) at Town Hall in Mangalore on Wednesday.

India.  Beedi workers to meet in Tamilnadu.  May 9, 2012.  The Hindu.  A meeting of the All India Beedi Workers’ Federation will be held on Friday at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Mohammad Nizamuddin, general secretary of the federation, has said.