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Bangladesh RMG industry becoming ‘one of the safest’ in world: Alliance

Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety has observed that Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) sector is becoming one of the safest in the world. Ever since the Rana Plaza collapse, which happened exactly four years back, Bangladesh has made significant changes to ensure that garment workers would never again risk their lives just by going to work, averred Jim Moriarty, Country Director of the Alliance at a quarterly press conference held at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka. “We […]

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Alleged involvement in worker exploitation shuts down apparel unit in Bulebel

Leisure Clothing, a Bulebel-based apparel factory, has shut down after been found involved in a major human trafficking and worker exploitation scandal. The assets of the factory have been now put up for sale. The factory, which had been in business for almost 30 years, used to manufacture women’s apparels for a wide range of high-end high street fashion brands that included Emporio Armani, Hobbs, Jaeger and Karen Millen. Also Read – Workers at Cambodia […]

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A better future for women in apparel industry

One may not agree that women have better working environment, safety round the clock and bright career opportunities in apparel industry, but the way International Women’s Day was celebrated in Indian garment factories as well as on an international platform, shows how things are improving holistically and the industry is willing to give more respect and recognition to women. For sure, there are more promising positions now for women in the apparel industry. Most of […]

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Cambodian employers look for delay in Garment Pay Reform’s execution

Industry representatives have strongly asserted that the decision to pay garment workers twice a month will be difficult for employers to implement immediately. The Labour Ministry is all set to amend laws so that companies are required to pay the workers twice a month, and protect workers from being abandoned by employers who owe them wages. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is asking the Ministry to give them some time before the […]

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Explosion at Chinese garment factory in Cambodia claims one life

One person died and several others sustained injuries in an explosion at a China-owned garment factory located in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey, Cambodia. The accident took place after a steam generator kept in the premises of Zhen Tai Garment that makes jeans for US brand Levi’s, exploded, and its part flung into air and later fell on group of people who were having lunch. The machine, which exploded, is used in the final […]

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Bangladesh garment workers call for union registration

Workers at the Orchid Sweater factory in Bangladesh have urged for solidarity support as their attempts to secure formal union registration have been repeatedly denied by the Joint Director of Labour (JDL) since February 2016 citing inadequate documents. Management at the company reportedly unleashed a series of harassment and threats of termination of office bearers of the proposed union when they came to know about the worker’s move. In November 2016, workers recruited more workers […]

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IndustriALL trains Philippines T&C workers in negotiation skills

Workers from textile and garment factories and allied sectors affiliated with IndustriALL Global Union participated in a Collective Bargaining and Negotiation Training Course that was held at Antipolo City from March 3-5, 2017. The training, supported by Japanese union UA Zensen in cooperation with IndustriALL Philippines, aimed to equip skills and augment the capacity of plant level union officers to negotiate for better working conditions. 25 local union officers and shop stewards were equipped with […]

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Workers at Cambodia garment factory faint in large numbers

58 workers of Tien Sung Garment Company in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district collapsed on Monday, 20 March, due to extremely poor air quality in the factory. This is, sadly, third such incident since last week. Several workers had lost consciousness on Friday and Saturday as well. The Vice-President of the Labour Ministry’s Occupational Safety and Health Department, Pon Vanthach, vehemently expressed that the factory had yet again failed in bringing improvement to the environmental […]

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Report highlights violation of labour rights in Indian leather industry

According to ‘Do leather workers matter – Violating labour rights and environmental norms in India’s leather production’ report, female homeworkers face insecure and unprotected work, receive poverty wages and work under unsafe conditions in tanneries. Moreover, children are often involved in leather production in India, mostly in the unorganized part of the sector, working in smaller tanneries and workshops. Also, toxic chemicals used in tanneries often very negatively impact the health of the workers. Low […]

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Bangladesh Govt. forms council for RMG sector

Bangladesh Government has formed a tripartite consultative council for the ready-made garment (RMG) sector of the country. Representatives from workers, employers and the Government will be members of the council, which will be responsible for review of overall labour situation of the RMG sector and apprise the Government of the situation. This consultative council which will remain valid until further order of the Government, and will also advise the Government about the laws, rules and […]

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Cambodian garment workers’ battle for better living continues

The garment industry in Cambodia provides cheap labour that allows for low prices and fast paced fashion worldwide. However, the irony is that the people producing the clothing are struggling to earn their living. “In January, I earned 93,300 riel (US $ 23.60), but everything has got more expensive. The prices of vegetables, meat and fish have all gone up and just before the salary increase, my landlord raised the rent of my room to […]

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Bangladesh Minister advocates equal rights for women workers

Rashed Khan Menon MP, President of Workers Party & Minister for Civil Aviation & Tourism has stressed on the need for establishing equal rights for women in all spheres of life, including family, workplace and society in state. “Women are deprived and exploited as workers or professionals. This discrimination between men and women should be eliminated for the emancipation of the human being and nations, including Bangladesh,” said Rashed Khan while addressing an event on […]

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Myanmar garment sector needs more employees

Myanmar’s garment industry which has registered decent growth in recent years needs more employees to fulfil the demand. Myanmar, now home to more than 400 garment factories, has noted significant growth after European Union (EU) lifted economic sanctions. This has been stated by the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA). “Currently, Myanmar garment factories are manufacturing clothing of export quality to fulfil the demand. Garments are exported upon EU lifting of sanctions. So, we need more […]

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H&M promotes digital modes of payment

Swedish fashion brand H&M is encouraging its suppliers to pay their workers digitally through mobile money or other digital forms, rather than cash, after becoming the first fashion brand to join the United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance. The brand aims to improve the lives of nearly 2 million workers by paying workforces digitally, thus enhancing transparency, cutting factory costs and promoting good working conditions, fair living wages and sustainable economic growth. “Digital payments are […]

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Activists protest over unpaid wages of jobless garment workers

A coalition of global campaigners organized a series of actions against Uniqlo, a Japanese fast-fashion brand, with the goal for Uniqlo to take responsibility for 4,000 workers in their supply chain. The protests took place in front of retailer’s stores in Hong Kong, China. The closure of PT Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia in 2015 had put 4,000 people out of work. Nearly two years later, these workers are still waiting for four months’ worth […]

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