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Bangladesh Police fear workers’ unrest in 598 RMG units

The police of industrial zone of Bangladesh have reportedly expressed fear of possible protests by garment workers pertaining to wages and bonus in 598 factories in Dhaka’s Ashulia, Savar and Tongi areas. The protests might brew if the garment factory owners fail to pay workers’ wages before Eid-ul-Fitr, the industrial police said this in a report submitted to Ministry of Home Affairs recently. Also Read – Bangladesh RMG workers’ unrest fears retailers Following the report, […]

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KPR Mills: Phenomenal educational initiatives make many unfulfilled dreams come true

It has been rightly said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’, and so perhaps, feels the KPR Group from Coimbatore… In fact education today has become one of the primary CSR strategies of many Indian textile and apparel exporters, and KPR Group is one such organization that has attained an edge in this regard. Being one of the largest vertically integrated apparel manufacturing companies, KPR has a […]

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Bangladesh among 10 worst nations for workers: Report

The world’s second largest garment exporter, Bangladesh boasts of a labour-intensive industry that provides employment to a large chunk of the country’s population. However, when it comes to workers’ rights, the scenario apparently is not encouraging… A recent report by International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC – a labour rights group) has included the country amongst the ‘10 worst countries for workers’. The ITUC Global Rights Index 2017 report states that the continued suffering inflicted by […]

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50 injured in Bangladesh garment workers’ unrest

At least 50 people, including eight policemen, were reportedly injured in a clash between police and garment workers in Gazipur Metropolitan area (Bangladesh) on Wednesday evening. The clash reportedly erupted when police attempted to disperse workers of Capri Apparels Ltd., a garment manufacturer on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, who had gathered on the busy road to press their demand for payment of wages, arrears and Eid bonus, as per media reports. Also Read – Bangladesh releases […]

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B’desh banks to work on weekend to disburse Eid bonus, wages

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has reportedly asked all commercial banks in the country to keep their respective branches in industrial areas of Dhaka, Ashulia, Tongi, Gazipur, Savar, Bhaluka, Narayanganj and Chittagong open this weekend (June 23 and 24) to facilitate payment of wages of the garment workers ahead of the holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. The Department of Off-site Supervision (DOS) of the country’s central reportedly issued a circular on Tuesday asking all the CEOs of the […]

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Cambodia: Talks on minimum wages to commence in July

Cambodian Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng has announced that negotiations on minimum wages would begin in July with a decision expected in the month of October. The unionists are hopeful that the national elections to be held in 2018 may help in furthering their cause despite the Minister’s request to not “politicise” the process. The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the 2-day wage policy training event held at Phnom Penh. The Minister […]

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ILO for labour unions’ freedom in Bangladesh

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has reportedly called upon the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that the draft of the proposed Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Labour Act 2016 allows freedom of associations of the workers. The suggestion was reportedly placed on Sunday, following statements made by the Bangladesh Government representatives and subsequent discussions at the 106th International Labour Conference- the ILO’s annual convention, held in Geneva between June 5 and 16. The committee reportedly said […]

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Labour unions in B’desh demand wage, bonus by June 18

The rights groups in Bangladesh working for workers’ welfare have demanded that festival allowance and wage for the month of June should be disbursed by the 22nd day of the holy month of Ramadan (June 18) for the workers of the country’s garment industry, along with those working in shops, hotels and restaurants. National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) and National Shop Employees Federation (NSEF) made this demand at a press conference held at Dhaka Reporters […]

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Employee-friendly T&C companies leaving a mark in Vietnam

Vietnam is, of late, seeing the emergence of several companies who seem to be caring a lot for its employees. The initiatives and measures adopted by Protrade Garment Co. Ltd., one of the leading garment export companies in Vietnam, could be exemplary for several garmenting firms across the country. Explaining the initiatives taken, Peter Ngo, Vice Director, Protrade Garment Co. Ltd. averred, “We have dormitory (for both male and female workers) where people live without […]

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Lindex launches campaign for ‘gender equality’ in supply chain

Northern Europe’s fashion retailer Lindex, known for its rich offering of exciting and affordable collections of women’s and kid’s apparel as well as lingerie, has launched a project named ‘WE Women by Lindex’ to take action for gender equality in the supply chain and create more equal and inclusive workplaces. One of company’s another initiative to improve the lives of women in its global supply chain, ‘WE Women by Lindex’ is a three-year project developed […]

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Labour report highlights extreme reaction of police to garment workers’ protest in Bangalore

A year after the painful protest by Bangalore’s garment workers against the decision of the Central Government to prevent them from withdrawing employers’ contribution from Provident Fund, a report by social activists has made several claims about police excesses on the workers, a majority of them being women workers. People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Bangalore (PUCL) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), brought out a 127 pages long joint report titled […]

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BGMEA to provide food support to garment workers

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said it would initiate a move to provide food support to the workers engaged in the country’s various readymade garment manufacturing factories. President of BGMEA Siddiqur Rahman made this promise at a discussion arranged by the Bangladesh Textile Garment Workers’ Federation at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday after it reiterated four-point demand, which includes food support, healthcare, housing, and education facilities for the garment workers and their […]

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Cambodian Govt. takes measures to educate garment workers

Cambodian Education Ministry will be expanding its plans of conducting a literacy programme for garment factory workers in the country. “Illiteracy is still a major issue in Cambodia, especially amongst garment factory staff, who often drop out of school to work,” averred Nath Bunroeun, Secretary of State, Education Ministry. This programme is being planned in association with UNESCO and the literacy group Sipar. “In a bid to support literacy, I want factory owners and private […]

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Bangladesh RMG workers to get Eid bonus by June 16

Workers in Bangladesh garment industry are expected to get their festival (Eid) bonus by June 16. This has been announced by Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA). “The workers will get their bonus by 20th Ramadan, which falls on June 16, and we will launch our monitoring cell as in the previous year to avert any untoward incidents,” reportedly said BGMEA Vice President Mohammed Nasir, who further added, “The wages for the month of […]

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Bangladesh’s garment factories breach standards for work-hours: Study

While some of the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are being followed by garment factories in Bangladesh, the non-core standards for minimum work-hours and safety at the workplace are not correctly practised, states the study conducted by German-based Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS). The study was done between October 2016 and May 2017 by interviewing unionists and workers and the findings of the study were revealed at […]

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