Today in the news on-line 2 March 2012

CAMBODIA
Female workers suffer record abuse last year:
Female migrant workers suffered their largest-ever recorded number of
abuses last year, a report released by rights group Adhoc yesterday
says.

“It was noted that 2011 was the worst year so far recorded for
violations against migrant workers, in particular among labourers who
were sent to work in Malaysia,”  the annual report on Women and
Children’s Rights in Cambodia states.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030254820/National-news/female-workers-suffer-record-abuse-last-year.html

Sar Kheng says human trafficking of regional, global concern:
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Thursday he appreciated the results
achieved under collaboration between the General-Commissariat of
National Police and Britain’s Anti-Child Abuse Centre.

Speaking at a regional workshop, he said Cambodia was playing a key
role as ASEAN chairman to coordinate with partner countries against
cross-border crime, especially human trafficking which he described as
being of regional and global concern.

Sar Kheng, who is also a deputy prime minister, said Cambodia welcomed
all training offered to expand the ability to cope with other new
challenges which affect children.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=YTRiMWM3YmI2MTI1ZmZhZGEzMWU4MzNiYTc1MDQ3

Bavet governor implicated:
Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith is the man who gunned down three
unarmed women at a protest last week, Interior Minister Sar Kheng
alleged yesterday, saying an official complaint had been filed against
him.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030254828/National-news/bavet-governor-implicated.html

Bavet city governor suspected of shooting protesting Cambodian garment
workers: Interior Minister:
The Governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit is suspected of opening
gunfire at Cambodian garment workers in a mass protest for salary
increase on Feb.
20 and injured three female workers at that time, the Minister of
Interior Sar Kheng said Thursday. “The police have already known the
identity of the suspect–the governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit is
the suspect in the shooting,” he told reporters after a Southeast Asia
Regional Workshop on Child Protection.

more at:
http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8659:bavet-city-governor-suspected-of-shooting-protesting-cambodian-garment-workers-interior-minister-&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

ILO program pushes dialogue:
In the wake of several violent garment-factory protests last week, the
International Labour Office yesterday launched a five-year, US$5
million Decent Work Country Program in Cambodia to focus on improving
industrial relations.

“[This] marks the beginning of a new body of work for the ILO in
Cambodia, one that we hope will be more targeted, more collaborative
and producing more impact than before,” Jiyuan Wang, director of the
ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR is quoted as
saying in an ILO press release.

He adds that the initial focus will be on improved labour relations and
promoting the “use of dialogue” to reach agreement on workplace issues.

Another priority of the program will be jobs creation, particularly for
youths and vulnerable groups.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030254818/National-news/ilo-program-pushes-dialogue.html

Firefly Accessories adds new Fair Trade fashion accessories from
Cambodia:

Firefly Accessories announces the addition of new Fair Trade fashion
accessories from Cambodia to their online product catalogue. The new
range of Fair Trade silk accessories includes handcrafted scarves,
toiletry bags and handbags.
The accessories are made by members of the World Fair Trade
Organisation. As a member of this organisation, the manufacturers
declare to uphold suitable working standards for their employees.
WFTO is focused on creating fair practice in trade structures and
working in favour of the poor while helping promote sustainable
development.

more at:
http://news.yahoo.com/firefly-accessories-adds-fair-trade-fashion-accessories-cambodia-083113795.html

VIET NAM
Hard times for female workers:
Most female workers in HCM City are employed in
intensive-labour sectors with low incomes, long working hours and
unfavorable working conditions, a new report finds.
They are also more vulnerable to unemployment due to low education
levels and working skills, it says.
Female workers account for 50.3 per cent of the workforce in the city
where more than 3.5 million labourers are employed, says the report
released on Wednesday by the city’s Centre for Labour Market
Information and Human Resource Forecasting.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/social-issues/employment/221587/hard-times-for-female-workers.html

CHINA
Forced labor outlawed for people in detention:
A regulation outlawing forced labor and protecting the
rights of the detained was published by the State Council on Thursday.
The regulation forbids detention houses from forcing those in custody
to work, “a major step forward” compared with the current guideline on
detention house management, experts said.
The existing regulation allows the detained to do “proper work” in
custody, but said the revenues have to be used to subsidize
accommodation and buy daily necessities for the detained.

more at:
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/02/content_14736620.htm

INDIA
Strong labour market info system soon: Kharge:
A strong labour market information system will soon be in place, the
Labour Minister, Mr Mallikarjun Kharge, said here on Thursday.
His announcement is significant as recent reports have pointed out at
the lack of updated official labour data as a key hurdle in policy
formulation.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article2949713.ece

Rated garment makers to buck weak industry trends: Crisil:
Ratings agency Crisil on Thursday said that over 180 rated garments
manufacturers are ready to tide over the challenges posed by uncertain
global economic environment thanks to their sustained growth in the
previous years.
These entities have maintained a compound annual growth rate of 16 per
cent in the last five years till March 2011, CRISIL said.

more at
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/cons-products/garments-/-textiles/rated-garment-makers-to-buck-weak-industry-trends-crisil/articleshow/12101971.cms
&
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/garments-exports

SRI LANKA
CEMS Lanka to organize textile exhibitions from today:
CEMS Lanka, which operates in Sri Lanka under the aegis of
multinational exhibition organizer CEMS-Global USA, will organize three
global expositions titled ‘Tenth Dye+Chem’, ‘Third Textech’ and ‘Third
Int’l Yam & Fabric Show’ from March 1 to March 3, 2012 at Sri Lanka
Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo.

The expos will focus on the entire textile and garment industry of Sri
Lanka, inclusive of segments like textile and garment technology,
machinery industry, dyes and fine speciality chemicals, and yarns and
fabrics.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?News_id=108543

PHILIPPINES
WB: Poor education holds back Philippines:
Deficiencies in higher education in the Philippines have kept it, along
with other neighboring countries, from growing faster and becoming more
competitive, according to the World Bank.
In a study, the multilateral agency said that there remains a
significant gap between the labor requirements of companies and the
quality of graduates produced by local colleges and universities.

more at:
http://business.inquirer.net/47155/wb-poor-education-holds-back-philippines

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CAMBODIA
* Female workers suffer record abuse last year
* Sar Kheng says human trafficking of regional, global concern
* Bavet governor implicated
* Bavet city governor suspected of shooting protesting Cambodian garment
workers
* ILO program pushes dialogue
* Firefly Accessories adds new Fair Trade fashion accessories from
Cambodia

VIET NAM
* Hard times for female workers

CHINA
* Forced labor outlawed for people in detention

INDIA
* Strong labour market info system soon
* Rated garment makers to buck weak industry trends

SRI LANKA
* CEMS Lanka to organize textile exhibitions from today

PHILIPPINES
* WB: Poor education holds back Philippines

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