Home-Based Worker News May 19 2013

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CAMBODIA. “Cambodia factory collapse: How did inspectors miss it?” Global Post  (May 18, 2013) by Dene-Hern Chen. It’s partly Bangladesh’s questionable standards that draw global buyers to Cambodia, where a United Nations-backed program monitors plants for safety.

GLOBAL. “UN human rights chief welcomes signing of Bangladesh work safety accord by major companies.” UN News Centre (May 17, 2013). The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the decision of dozens of international companies to sign on to an fire-and-safety agreement in the aftermath of the deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh, while calling for additional actions to overhaul the entire garment sector.

USA & BANGLADESH. “US wants Bangladesh progress on labor standards after garment factory collapse.” The Republic  (May 17, 2013) via The Associated Press. The U.S. government has been conducting a labor rights review and will decide in June whether to withdraw duty-free privileges for Bangladesh.

NEPAL. “Rising through the cracks.” Nepal Times (May 17, 2013)  by Sahina Shrestha. A local organisation in Pokhara is giving disadvantaged women vital life skills and making them self-sufficient. In 2011, two of them  travelled to Kenya as part of a team from Nepal to participate in WIEGO’s (Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising) meeting.

BANGLADESH. “Mobile banking for RMG workers.” BD News 24 (May 16, 2013). The central bank has taken an initiative to open special bank accounts for readymade garment workers. The Bank Governor has urged the chief executives of the commercial banks to open the accounts for them.

GERMANY. “Dutch firms sign up to Bangladesh textile industry improvement deal.” Dutch News  (May 15, 2013). Three large Dutch clothing manufacturers – C&A, G-Star and Cars – have signed up to an international agreement to improve safety in Bangladesh factories, RTL news reports. Zara and H&M are among the international brands that have also agreed to support the initiative.

NIGERIA. “Nigeria: NYSC Member Empowers 500 Women in Oyo.” All Africa  (May 15, 2013). No fewer than 500 women residing in 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo, Ibadan, are to be trained in various vocations under the skills acquisition programme organised by a member of the NYSC.

USA & INDIA & AFGHANISTAN. “U.S. ‘Excited’ About India Establishing Own Form of USAID.” India West (May 15, 2013) by Lalit J. Kha, Press Trust of India. “We have partnered with the group called SEWA in India, the Self-Employed Women’s Association, to work with their Afghan counterparts and ensure that as this important transition happens in Afghanistan women are empowered and active and have a real voice,” he said.

INDIA. “On Her Own Two Feet: Providing Girls in India With Hope – and Job Skills – for a Better Future.” Huffington Post (May 13, 2013) by Jennifer Abrahamson. In reality, both Talat and Priya are taking a more pragmatic approach to life. Which is why I met them at the SEWA Delhi center, where they were taking advantage of a subsidized program providing adolescent girls from low-income families with vocational and life skills.

BANGLADESH. “Bangladesh eases trade union laws after factory building collapse.” The Guardian (May 13, 2013) by Jason Burke. The government agreed on Monday to allow the country’s 4 million garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners, a major concession to campaigners lobbying for widespread reforms to the garment industry. The news comes a day after it announced plans to raise minimum wage for garment workers.

NIGERIA. “‘Govt Should Revive Textile Industry, Encourage Local Production’.” The Guardian Nigeria  (May 10, 2013) by Debo Oladimeji. The textile industry was at a time a main source of employment in Nigeria. Unfortunately today, it is moribund.

 

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MEXICO. “Lideres indigenas advierten retos pendientes para las mujeres.” Veracruzanos (17 de Mayo de 2013) por Cimacnoticias. Las dirigentes de Ciarena, Mujeres en Lucha y Derechos para Todas y de CACEH, Marcelina Bautista, hablaron de sus procesos de empoderamiento y autonomia ante integrantes de organismos internacionales, fundaciones y de la Red de Mujeres y Hombres invirtiendo en Mujeres.

CHILE. “A un año de su puesta en marcha, ingreso ético aumentó número de mujeres trabajadoras.” La Segunda Online (17 de Mayo de 2013). “Hay cerca de un 9% más de mujeres trabajando en los hogares que recibieron el beneficio”, estimó el instituto.

PERU. “Ministerio de la Mujer promueve conciliación entre la vida familiar y laboral.” Andina (16 Mayo de 2013). Con el objetivo de analizar los lineamientos de política referidos a la conciliación entre la vida familiar y las actividades laborales desde la equidad de género, el Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables realizó la VI Convención Nacional de Familias.

GUATEMALA. “Se espera beneficiar a 2 mil trabajadoras con programa Tejiendo Alimentos.” Gobierno de Guatemala (15 de Mayo de 2013). Según las proyecciones del Ministerio de Economía, coordinador del programa social Tejiendo Alimentos, en 2103 esa estrategia permitirá dar trabajo a unas 2 mil artesanas de la provincia. El año anterior, el proyecto inició con 380 beneficiarias.

MEXICO. “Ex trabajadores textiles exigen liquidaciones; amenazan con plantón.” Poblaneria (14 de Mayo de 2013) por Maribel Espinoza. Ex trabajadores de la Maquila Confecciones Rahel, que exigen su liquidación, marcharon hacia la Junta Local de Conciliación y Arbitraje para llevar a cabo la audiencia frente a la autoridad competente.

PERU. “Organización mundial pide derogar régimen laboral temporal.” RPP (13 de Mayo de 2013). El Gobierno peruano debe derogar el Decreto Ley 22342 que estableció el régimen laboral temporal para el sector textil-confecciones, pues amenaza el desarrollo de esta industria, afirmó  el secretario general de IndustriALL Global Union, Jyrki Raina.

GLOBAL. “Inditex y H&M firman un acuerdo para mejorar la seguridad en los talleres de Bangladesh.” Cadena Ser (13 de Mayo de 2013) por EFE EP. Los dos fabricantes de ropa más grandes del mundo, Inditex y H&M, han firmado un acuerdo que pretende garantizar la seguridad de los trabajadores del sector textil de Bangladesh.

 

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BRASIL. “Governo de São Paulo promulga lei para punir exploração do trabalho.” EM (14 de Maio de 2013). Oficinas do setor têxtil que empregam funcionários em turnos de 16 horas diárias em frente a máquinas de costura, com salários mensais de R$ 400. Muitas produzem para grandes lojas de departamento, em pequenas casas espalhadas pela região central e da periferia da cidade de São Paulo. A maioria da mão de obra vem de países da América do Sul, como Bolívia, Paraguai e Peru.

BRASIL. “Sumé: Governo incentiva formação profissional e industrialização.” PB Agora (13 de Maio de 2013). A prefeitura de Sumé recebeu do Governo da Paraíba um galpão com área de 330 metros quadrados para capacitação de 100 trabalhadoras da Associação de Costureiras do município. O governador Ricardo Coutinho assinou, na tarde desse sábado (11), o contrato de comodato formalizando a cessão de uso do espaço da Companhia Paraibana de Desenvolvimento (Cinep). A solenidade aconteceu na Escola Agrotécnica do município e reuniu as costureiras que já participam dos cursos de capacitação.

 

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LE PAYS-BAS. “Les Pays-Bas à la tête d’un projet international pour modifier les conditions dans le textile au Bangladesh.” Fashion Magazinne (16 Mai 2013) par AFP. Les Pays-Bas et le Bangladesh vont présider ensemble un groupe de coordination de pays donateurs, de sociétés et d’ONG pour tenter d’améliorer la sécurité dans le secteur textile de ce pays d’Asie du Sud-Est, a annoncé jeudi le ministère néerlandais des Affaires étrangères.

USA. “Le crowdfunding pour aider les travailleurs pauvres de la Silicon Valley.” Youphil (14 Mai 2013). Une plateforme de financement participatif permet d’accompagner les travailleurs pauvres de la Silicon Valley.

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