Home-Based Workers News Dec 10 2012

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(ENGLISH)Home-Based Worker

BANGLADESH. “Learning from the Bangladesh Apparel Factory Tragedy.” (December 3, 2012) Mary Kay Henry. Huffington Post (Blog). In the blackened rubble of the fire at a Bangladesh apparel factory last week that killed 112 workers are charred pieces of clothing made for Walmart, Disney, Dickies, Sean Combs and Sears. Scenes from the fire are heartbreaking — and eerily reminiscent of the deadly blaze that roared through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City more than 100 years ago killing 146 garment workers.

BANGLADESH. “Bangladesh garment factory fire victims want old jobs back.” (December 3, 2012) Straits Times. DHAKA (AP) – As 112 of her co-workers died in a garment-factory fire, Ms Dipa Akter got out by jumping from the third floor through a hole made by breaking apart an exhaust fan. Her left leg is wrapped in bandages and she has trouble walking, but now she wants back in.

BANGLADESH. “Garment workers protest in Bangladesh over job cuts.” (December 3, 2012) The Hindu. Several thousand garment workers on Monday clashed with police over job cuts at a factory near the Bangladeshi capital, prompting authorities to shut some production units in the Ashulia industrial district, police said.

BANGLADESH. “Questions remain about Bangladesh factory fire.” (December 4, 2012) Maher Sattar and Tazkira Sattar. Global Post. More than a week after the worst factory fire in the country’s history killed at least 112, there are still unsettling questions in the charred rubble. Labor activists are painstakingly tallying the names of the missing to prove that the official death toll significantly downplays the scale of the tragedy.

INDIA. “Pay garment workers minimum wageof Rs. 12,096 a month, says AFWA.” (December 5, 2012) Bageshree S. The Hindu. The minimum wage fixed by the State government for a highly skilled garment worker in Bangalore, at Rs. 179.80 a day, is less than half of what he or she needs for subsistence as per the calculations made by the Asian Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), based on realistic daily expenses.

BANGLADESH. “10,000 workers join Bangladesh fire protest.” (December 4, 2012) The Manila Times. DHAKA: Bangladeshi garment workers clashed with police on Monday as some 10,000 protested over the deaths of 110 people in the coun-try’s worst clothing factory fire, with demonstrations entering a second week.

BANGLADESH. “AP: Bangladesh factory where 112 died in blaze had lost fire safety clearance.” (December 7, 2012) CBS News. A Bangladeshi garment factory that was producing clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney and other major Western companies had lost its fire safety certification in June, five months before a blaze in the facility killed 112 workers, a fire official told The Associated Press.

PAKISTAN. “Home-based kite makers’ issue discussed.” (December 7, 2012) Business Recorder. Speakers at a seminar demanded that government should arrange livelihood for women home based kite makers and give the kite makers an industry status, while it has a huge potential for export. The seminar was organised by Home Net Pakistan to raise the issues of women Home Based Kite Makers. It was attended by government officials, policy makers, media personnel and lawyers.

INDIA. “Improving conditions for Mumbai’s slum workers.” (December 5, 2012) Jody Jacob. UBC. In the slums of Mumbai, millions of women and girls are helping to support their families by working from home in difficult, unsanitary conditions with minimal financial gain.

PAKISTAN. “Govt asked to legislate for home-based workers rights.” (December 9, 2012) The Lahore Times. LAHORE: The government has been asked to legislate for the protection of rights of home-based workers (HBWs) in the country, as speaker at a panel discussion said on Saturday that absence of proper laws is resulting in exploitation of millions of suppressed workers.

 

(SPANISH)

CHILE. “Qué pasará con la cotización de los trabajadores independientes el 2013?” (5 diciembre, 2012) Radio Santiago. El 1 de enero del próximo año, los trabajadores independientes que boletean podrán cotizar -si así lo deciden- hasta 70% de sus ingresos imponibles, para sus pensiones y por el seguro de accidentes del trabajo y enfermedades profesionales, por lo que deberán enfrentar las novedades de este tema en laOperación Renta 2013, que se inicia en abril.

 

(PORTUGUESE)

PORTUGAL. “Trabalho Recibos verdes estão a ser notificados de erros de 2011.” (03 de Outubro, 2012) Notícias ao Minuto. O código contributivo define que anualmente, em Outubro, os serviços da Segurança Social devem determinar em que escalão é posicionado cada trabalhador independente, com base nos rendimentos do ano anterior, sendo sobre o valor desse escalão que é aplicada a taxa contributiva, durante os 12 meses seguintes, explica o Diário Económico.