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Workers’ sound health, a commercial incentive for RMG sector

To reveal that the expenditure on workers’ health-related issues have business benefits, is a task which needs perfect projection and simulation while to motivate and mobilise the garment factory owners to invest in sustainable work environment is another daunting task in itself. SNV – a more than 50 year old organisation founded in the Netherlands with local presence in 29 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America where its global team of […]

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Over 350 garment workers on strike in Myanmar

More than 350 garment workers from the Join-Profit garment factory Industrial Zone (3) of Hlaing Tharyar went on strike on May 17to raise voice against factory officials who had violated the labour rights. “We were not allowed to take any leave although it has been prescribed by labour law. Actually, we don’t even need to ask for this,” said Ko Zaw Min, Secretary, Factory Worker Union, who added that workers were never allowed to take […]

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Bangladesh garment industry to get Euro 7 million aid from Germany

German Government will provide Euro 7 million financial support to Bangladesh. The amount would be given through Germany’s KfW (formerly known as KfW Bankengruppe, a German Government-owned development bank) and GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation, which supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development) under the project “Financing of Environment and Safety Retrofits in the Bangladesh Readymade Garment (RMG) Sector”. Economic Relations Division (ERD) Bangladesh and German […]

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Cambodian garment workers hit streets over unpaid wages

Upset over non-payment of wages, around 300 garment workers of First Gawon Apparel in Cambodia’s Kandal Province’s Ta Khmao Town staged protest, reportedly informed Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union Vice President Prack Chanthorn. According to the official, several workers who were in dire need of money accepted an increased offer of US $ 50 from the company, which is only a third of the garment worker’s minimum wage. Majority of the workers refused […]

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Orient Craft’s initiative on ICC and motivation stimulates positivity and vibrancy among workers

Money is the biggest motivation but along with that care, respect, a sense of gratitude and feel of partnership are certain things that have no comparison. All these feelings were flowing at the Orient Craft’s Noida factory when thousands of its workers enjoyed the presence of CMD Sudhir Dhingra; Vikram Pandita, Asia Head, Next Plc., UK; Anuradha Sharma, Chairperson, Local Complaint Committee, Gurgaon (Haryana Government); VK Jha, Founder, Aider NGO and Narender Kumar, Nodal Officer, […]

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Report highlights police’s extreme reaction to garment workers’ protest in Bangalore (India)

People’s Union for Civil Liberties-Bengaluru (PUCL) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) have claimed that police excesses during the garment workers’ protest in April last year at Bangalore (India). This claim is based on a joint report by the aforementioned two bodies, titled ‘Thread and Tension – An account of the historic uprising of garment workers’, which was reportedly compiled after interviews with workers, police officers and union leaders. The report further […]

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Vietnam observes May as ‘Month of Workers’

Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) has signed agreements with service providers so that all workers get discount during the entire month of May. Disadvantaged workers and their families will be given special treatment and outstanding workers shall be honoured throughout the month. “Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has held a dialogue with 2,000 workers in the central key economic region to help solve their problems. Improving workers’ working and living conditions should be a […]

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Agitated workers attack Bangladesh garment factory officials

Eight officials of Crystal Industrial Bangladesh Private Ltd., a garment factory, were reportedly injured in an attack by workers, who were protesting for their 14-point demand, including congenial work environment and higher production rate and bonus at the factory premises at Sreepur in Gazipur. Agitated workers first confined all the staff to the factory by locking the main gate from inside. Staff were released around 3:00 pm after they assured the workers of fulfilling all […]

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Cambodian garment workers hold ‘May Day’ rally

More than 1,000 Cambodian garment workers defied a Government ban on marching to deliver a petition to the National Assembly in Phnom Penh. The workers vehemently expressed their demand for higher minimum wage and more freedom of assembly by raising slogans during a gathering to mark ‘May Day’. The police, however, ensured there were no untoward incidents. The protesters, holding banners, thronged the street that was only a short distance from the parliament complex. Gradually, […]

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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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