Today in the news on-line 29 March 2012

CHINA
Sales skyrocket at Chinese garment retailer Ever-Glory:
Ever-Glory International Group Inc, a leading apparel supply chain
manager and retailer based in China, reported its financial results for
its fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109476

PHILIPPINES
TUCP: Labor chief violated rules on wage petition process:
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines accused Labor Secretary
Rosalinda Baldoz of violating rules on the wage petition proceedings.

more at:
http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=200&articleId=792263

VIET NAM
Green garment ventures seeing red:
Textile and garment investors are struggling to attract investment for
hi-tech, green technology ventures. Vinatex said several new investment
projects faced difficulties as localities have a cautious approach
towards textile projects due to environmental concerns.
Deputy director Tran Quoc Van at Hung Yen province’s Department of
Planning and Investment said the province welcomed textile and garment
projects setting up shop in its specialised industrial zone catering to
the textile and garment sector.

more in BUSINESS IN BRIEF 29/3 at:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/20476/business-in-brief-29-3.html

Garment sector faces rough road ahead:
Viet Nam’s textile and garment sector is likely to face challenges this
year to reach its target of US$18.5-19 billion export turnover,
according to the vice-chairman of the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel
Association (VITAS), who spoke at a seminar held yesterday in HCM City.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Economy/222808/garment-sector-faces-rough-road-ahead.html

+ ATTACHED from Better Work Vietnam:

1.”Telling the Story” (pdf)
Making a difference in workers’ lives —  At a factory on the northern
outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City hundreds of women are busy assembling the
latest clothing order from an international buyer.
Above the din of the sewing machines, three of the workers—all
women—stop to chat about their jobs with some visitors.

CAMBODIA
Delay in court hearing for three workers shot in protest:
A court hearing for three workers shot in a protest in January was
delayed Wednesday as there was no prosecutor, Svay Rieng Provincial
Court said.
Speaking to reporters outside the court, the workers said they would
seeking $45,000 in damages from the gunman, suspected of being the
former governor of Bavet, a casino town on the border with Vietnam.
The victims are all women working at a factory in the Manhattan Special
Economic Zone in Bavet.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=11&token=NTZiNjgwYjQ1OWFmYThhYzAyNDlkOGQyMDY0ZTg5

Police deny baton beatdown:
The Phnom Penh municipal police chief yesterday denied claims his
officers had beaten three female garment factory workers with batons
and shields during a protest in which a 21-year-old’s nose was
allegedly broken on Tuesday.
Police chief Touch Naruth called the Post yesterday claiming no weapons
had been used to prevent about 900 employees of Win Shing-tex Cambodia
garment factory from marching to the Ministry of Labour after 10 days
of striking.
more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032955319/National-news/police-deny-baton-beatdown.html

Svay Rieng shooting victims get their say:
The three young women wounded in last month’s factory shooting in Svay
Rieng province will meet with provincial prosecutor Hing Bunchea today
to give their account of the February 20 incident that has yet to
produce an arrest warrant.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032955318/National-news/svay-rieng-shooting-victims-get-their-say.html

+ ATTACHED from BetterFactories:

2. Police deny baton beatdown.gif
3. Svay Rieng shooting victims get their say.gif
4. Worker shortage biggest threat to economy.gif

Voices divided pre-ASEAN :
Protecting human rights, especially those of Cambodian migrant workers
traversing borders to countries such as Malaysia, dominated discussions
at yesterday’s ASEAN Peoples’ Forum, one of two competing pre-summit
forums that claim to be giving a voice to Cambodians.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032955323/National-news/voices-divided-pre-asean.html

Ex-Footscray cop hunts Cambodian human traffickers:
BEADS of salty sweat filter down Steve Morrish’s creased brow.
It’s the dry season in Cambodia in 2008, and the ex-detective from
Footscray is waiting uneasily in an old crimson Camry in Battambang,
the country’s second-largest city.
He and a local police team are about to pounce on a brothel they
suspect is using underage girls as sex slaves.
It transpires one owner of the brothel is a military police officer,
the other a policeman working in the anti-human trafficking unit
created to combat this type of crime.

more at:
http://www.maribyrnongweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/exfootscray-cop-hunts-cambodian-human-traffickers/2503811.aspx

EU to strengthen trade, investment relations with South-East Asia:
The European Union aims to open up new trade and business opportunities
in this fast growing region and create strong partnerships which support
ASEAN’s economic integration. In a statement released Wednesday by EU
office in Cambodia, it said the European Union Trade Commissioner Karel
De Gucht will head to Cambodia on Thursday to meet with ASEAN economic
ministers and attend the second ASEAN-EU Business Summit on April 1.

more at:
http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8928:eu-to-strengthen-trade-investment-relations-with-south-east-asia&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

Beer girls fight for their rights:
Beer promoters were encouraged by a government official to press on
with their pursuit of higher pay yesterday, at the launch of a campaign
to seek better working conditions for the sector.
At the launch of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation
campaign, Ministry of Women’s Affairs undersecretary of state Hor Malin
encouraged beer promoters to work together with their companies and the
Ministry of Labour to increase their wages.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032955317/National-news/beer-girls-fight-for-their-rights.html

SINGAPORE
National Wages Council invites views on wages:
The National Wages Council (NWC) is inviting members of the public to
send in their views and suggestions on wage and wage-related
guidelines.
The council will meet in April and May 2012 to consider wage guidelines
which will impact all salaried employees and businesses in Singapore.
In a statement to the media, NWC said it welcomes the public’s feedback
which it says will influence the council in making decisions.
Factors such as Singapore’s economic performance, competitiveness,
labour market conditions, inflation and productivity will also be
considered in the council’s deliberations.
The global, regional and local economic outlook will also be taken into
account.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120329-336473.html

INDONESIA
MUA WOMEN SPEAK:
Maritime Union Women articulate the issues facing female workers in
their workplaces around the country. Issues such as, bullying, sex
harassment and intimidation are raised. In addition, female workplace
delegates express their views on why its so important to be active and
involved in the union.

more at (with VIDEO):
http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/JamieMUA/videos/mua_women_speak/view

Vocational students learn about working in Japan:
Hundreds of students from across Greater Jakarta participated in a talk
show touting Japanese language study and working in Japan on Wednesday.

more at:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/03/28/vocational-students-learn-about-working-japan.html

Government told to increase training for young workers:
The government must train young workers beyond the level of basic
education if it wants to reduce unemployment, an official says.
Low-skilled workers with only an elementary education accounted for
half of the nation’s workforce,

more at:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/03/29/government-told-increase-training-young-workers.html

BANGLA DESH
B’desh garment exporters hit by Indian payment crisis:
Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) exports to India has hit a hurdle
as more than 20 apparel firms have failed to receive timely payment
from an Indian company to which they had supplied goods, according to
exporters. In September last year, the Indian Government extended
duty-free access for Bangladeshi clothing item exports to India.
This step was welcomed by Bangladesh’s RMG exporters and generated a
lot of enthusiasm among them to explore the Indian market.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/association-news/bgmea/newsdetails.aspx?News_id=109460

INDIA
He fought poverty only to choose death:
College of Engineering student, who as a boy was rescued from child
labour and emerged top scorer in school, ends life ahead of publication
of his poetry collection
He was a child of poverty who was adopted by bright future.
But just when he was a step away from realising his dream of becoming an
engineer and a poet, the 23-year-old chose to go into the arms of death.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3255359.ece?homepage=true

New textile policy to create 11 lakh jobs in Maharashtra:
Maharashtra Economic Development Council with the Department of
Textiles, Government of Maharashtra, organized a conference to announce
the highlights and critical elements of the New Textile Policy of
Maharashtra 2011 – 2017 recently at Taj Mahal Hotel.
Honorable Minister of Textiles, Shri. Mohammed Arif (Naseem) Khan,
announced the highlights of the New Textile Policy while Mr. Sunil
Porwal, IAS, Principal Secretary – Textiles, Government of Maharashtra
detailed out salient features.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109483

PAKISTAN
Nurses seeking better wages thrashed:
Hundreds of nurses and paramedics seeking an increase in their wages
were subjected to water-cannon fire, baton charge, teargassing and
manhandling, and many of them were hauled away by police as they tried
to march on the Governor’s House to register their protest on
Wednesday.

more at:
http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/29/nurses-seeking-better-wages-thrashed.html

APTMA: Textile sector requires uninterrupted energy supply:
Spokesman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has said
the electricity supply disruptions have further dragged the textile
industry to the brink of collapse, particularly in the province of
Punjab.
Discos have unilaterally extended eight to ten hours announced and
unannounced load shedding of electricity to the industry on independent
and grouped feeders.
Textile industry is highly energy-reliant in its very basic nature and
thus requires uninterrupted energy supply to run mill operations.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109488

map of Asia

CHINA
Sales skyrocket at Chinese garment retailer Ever-Glory

PHILIPPINES
TUCP abor chief violated rules on wage petition process

VIET NAM
Green garment ventures seeing red
& Garment sector faces rough road ahead
& “Telling the Story” (pdf)

CAMBODIA
Delay in court hearing for three workers shot in protest
& Police deny baton beatdown
& Svay Rieng shooting victims get their say
& ATTACHED from BetterFactories
& Voices divided pre-ASEAN
& Ex-Footscray cop hunts Cambodian human traffickers
& EU to strengthen trade, investment relations with South-East Asia
& Beer girls fight for their rights

SINGAPORE
National Wages Council invites views on wages

INDONESIA
MUA WOMEN SPEAK
& Vocational students learn about working in Japan
& Government told to increase training for young workers

BANGLA DESH
B’desh garment exporters hit by Indian payment crisis

INDIA
He fought poverty only to choose death
& New textile policy to create 11 lakh jobs in Maharashtra

PAKISTAN
Nurses seeking better wages thrashed
& Textile sector requires uninterrupted energy supply

latest tweets (& news)

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
    A. Searcher

For more and other (labour) news you can follow on twitter: @asearcher2