Home-Based Workers News Nov 26 2012

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Home-Based WorkersBANGLADESH. “Deadly Bangladesh factory fire sparks calls for justice for garment workers.” (November 26, 2012) Farid Hossain and Julhas Alam. The Star. DHAKA, BANGLADESH—The fire alarm: Waved off by managers. An exit door: Locked. The fire extinguishers: Not working and apparently “meant just to impress” inspectors and customers.

BANGLADESH. “Garment Workers Stage Angry Protest After Bangladesh Fire.” (November 26, 2012) Julfikar Ali Manik and Jim Yardley. The New York Times. DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers staged angry protests on Monday, demanding justice after at least 112 people died over the weekend in a fire at a factory on the outskirts of Dhaka where labor advocates found the charred remains of clothing from brands sold at global retailers like Walmart.

BANGLADESH. “Bangladesh factory where 110 died in fire was repeatedly cited by safety auditors.” (November 26, 2012) The Globe and Mail. The Tuba Group, whose Tazreen garment factory was the site of a horrific weekend fire that left at least 110 people dead, has been repeatedly cited by safety auditors for sealed exits, blocked stairwells, lack of fire-fighting equipment or fire alarms, failure to post exit signs or light stairwells, poor wiring and lack of evacuation plans.

BANGLADESH. “Bangladesh inferno claims lives of 124 garment workers.” (November 25, 2012) Mail Online India. At least 124 people died when fire swept through a garment factory in the worstever blaze to hit Bangladesh’s apparel industry, officials said on Sunday, as witnesses told of desperate workers jumping from upper floors.

INDIA. “Tribunal seeks ‘living wages’ for garment workers.” (November 26, 2012) Deccan Herald. After hearing garment workers from across the country, the National People’s Tribunal on Sunday made out a case for immediate implementation of “living wages” in the Indian garment industry.

INDIA. “India’s clothing workers: ‘They slap us and call us dogs and donkeys’.” (November 25, 2012) Gethin Chamberlain. The Guardian. Workers making clothes that end up in the stores of the biggest names on the British high street have testified to a shocking regime of abuse, threats and poverty pay. Many workers in Indian factories earn so little that an entire month’s wages would not buy a single item they produce.

INDIA. “Rajasthan plans alternate livelihood for bidi workers.” (November 24, 2012) The Times of India. JAIPUR: The ‘bidi’ manufacturing sector in the state is set to face a setback following the state government’s decision to provide alternate means of livelihood to workers involved in tobacco manufacturing.