in the news on-line, today, 10 april 2012

BANGLA DESH
* Workers leader tortured dead:
The family of Aminul Islam, a workers leader who was found dead in
Tangail on Thursday morning, alleged the law enforcing agencies
tortured him to death and dumped the body in a far away place so that
it remained unidentified.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=229751

* Garment union leader murdered in Bangladesh:
A prominent Bangladesh garment union leader has been found murdered
with his body bearing “severe” torture marks, police said Monday.
Police discovered the body of Aminul Islam dumped by the roadside in
Ghatail, nearly 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Dhaka, on Friday
and buried it in a state-run graveyard the next day after finding no
claimant, police said.

more at:
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Asia/Story/A1Story20120409-338586.html

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PHILIPPINES
* Lawmaker slams unfair labor practices, union busting in HSBC:
Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano yesterday threw his support to a union
leader sacked by the management of banking giant Hong Kong and Shanghai
Banking Corporation (HSBC), a month before Labor Day.

Raymund Acena, president of Hong Kong Bank Independent Labor Union
(HBILU), a legitimate registered union in HSBC and the exclusive
bargaining agent for 465 union members was terminated by the HSBC
management early this month during the ‘freedom period’ days before the
start of negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
between the union and bank management.
Prior to Acena’s termination, the HSBC management placed him under a
30-day preventive suspension, apparently due to his active involvement
in the campaign against outsourcing and labor contractualization and in
union activities upholding the rights of HSBC bank employees.

more at:
http://www.tribune.net.ph/

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* DOLE eases rules on hiring of Pinoy workers abroad:
Rules on the hiring of Filipino workers abroad may be eased, the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday. Labor
Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Congress has recommended to the DOLE to
allow continued deployment of household service workers (HSWs) and
other skilled workers even to countries that may be considered
“unsafe.”
“Without prejudice to negotiations for the forging of new bilateral
agreement with host countries, the Congress committee on labor
suggested that we continue the deployment even to countries that are
just partially compliant with the requirement of our law.

But of course we have to discuss the proposal with the Department of
Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
(POEA) because we have to abide and implement the law.”

more at:
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=795476&publicationSubCategoryId=63

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VIET NAM
* Tailor passes on skills to destitute kids:
Pursing his lips, sixteen-year-old Nguyen Huu Manh is focusing his
attention on his sewing machine as he makes a wedding dress.

Beside him, his teacher, 75-year-old Tran Duyen Hai, bends his back to
observe and guide him to adjust the needle work.
Looking at Manh now, no one can imagine that six months ago he was a
thief who almost lost his life after being stabbed during a fight.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Sunday/Features/223258/tailor-passes-on-skills-to-destitute-kids.html

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* Viet Nam top destination for international investors:
A recent survey conducted by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
revealed Viet Nam ranked the second most attractive regional investment
destination.
Released last week, the survey, the second since 2010, questioned 405
businesspeople and industry leaders, 50 per cent selecting Indonesia as
ASEAN’s best investment destination, followed by Viet Nam with 46 per
cent.
Third place went to Singapore with 43 per cent, followed by Thailand
and Malaysia with 42 per cent, the Philippines with 27 per cent, Laos
and Cambodia with 26 per cent, Myanmar with 25 per cent and Brunei with
17 per cent.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Economy/223264/viet-nam-top-destination-for-international-investors.html

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THAILAND
* Manufacturers unsure how changing labour climate will affect them:
Manufacturers are unclear on how recent developments will affect the
labour situation, as reform in Myanmar is attracting migrant workers
back home while the recent rise in the Thai minimum wage has increased
production costs here while a labour shortage persists in some sectors.

As Myanmar languished for decades under military rule, many of its
people became migrant labourers throughout this region, including
Thailand.
But as the political and economical reforms in their homeland lure them
back, it is forecast that demand for replacement labour will increase
significantly.
Meanwhile, there is concern that the higher minimum wage in Thailand,
which was implemented in seven provinces including Bangkok on April 1,
will cause labour-intensive industries such as textiles and garments,
furniture and food to abandon Thailand for less developed locations
where they can exploit lower wage regimes.

more at:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Manufacturers-unsure-how-changing-labour-climate-w-30179653.html

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* Labour shortage looms:
Some Thai businesses feel besieged just as the minimum wage was hiked
because a possible labour shortage looms with Myanmar opening its
economy.
The construction, fishery and food industries will be the hardest hit
as they rely heavily on migrant workers from Myanmar.

more at:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/288170/labour-shortage-looms

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CAMBODIA
* Strikers claim shots fired:
Police threatened workers and fired shots into the air as a dispute
involving about 800 Cambodian workers at Phatthana Seafood Co Ltd in
Thailand’s Songkhla province escalated yesterday, a workers’
representative said.

Sok Sorng said “many police” had threatened workers with guns as more
than 1,000 workers, including some from Myanmar and Thailand, rallied
against management locking them out of the factory, which is believed
to be a supplier of retail giant Walmart, a day after they went on
strike over wages.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012041055531/National-news/strikers-claim-shots-fired.html

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* Bavet governor did it, shooting victim says:
One of three women shot during a protest outside the Kaoway Sports
factory in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town on February 20 accused
deposed town governor Chhouk Bandith of the crime yesterday, but told a
judge she hadn’t been sure until seeing a media report about the case.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012041055529/National-news/bavet-governor-did-it-shooting-victim-says.html

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* Firm cautious after faintings:
Workers deemed at risk of fainting were sent home yesterday morning
after arriving at the gates of Sabrina (Cambodia) Manufacturing in
Kampong Speu province, following two mass fainting incidents at the
facility last week, union officials said.
Ouk Lina, an administrative officer at the Free Trade Union who visited
the factory yesterday, said more than 100 staff were sent home because
they looked exhausted and the company, which supplies Nike, was
determined to avoid a third mass fainting incident.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012041055526/National-news/phnom-penh-cambodia-news.html
&
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/04/09/Workers-fainting-in-Cambodia-factories/UPI-74701333983508/?spt=hs&or=tn

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* Workers fainting in Cambodia factories:
A Cambodian politician is calling for a global boycott of Nike after
fainting incidents at a garment factory that supplies the sports brand.

Member of Parliament Mu Sochua said workers are being exploited and
international companies that do business in Cambodia should send in
experts to investigate working conditions at the factories that supply
them, The Phnom Penh Post reported Monday.

more at:
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/04/09/Workers-fainting-in-Cambodia-factories/UPI-74701333983508/?spt=hs&or=tn

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INDONESIA
* Indonesia to OK UN Deal to Protect Migrant Workers:
Indonesian migrant workers are a step closer to securing legal
recognition of their right to protection after the House of
Representatives agreed in principle to ratify an international
convention on the issue later this week.

more at:
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-to-ok-un-deal-to-protect-migrant-workers/510343

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* College bill is pro-poor, anti-privatization: Lawmakers:
Critics are doubting claims made by lawmakers that more poor people
will be able to go to college if the House passes its bill on higher
education later this week.

A group of education watchdogs and university students have been
campaigning for the House to reject the bill, claiming that it would
“aggressively” promote the privatization of higher education and deny
poor people access to college.

more at:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/04/10/college-bill-pro-poor-anti-privatization-lawmakers.html

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* The Forgotten Job: ‘Tukang Kasut’:
We often forget the little things in life are what actually complete
us. A job as a street cobbler is often forgotten and considered ‘low
class’ to some people.
However, determination and courage as a cobbler have helped this man to
raise his 10 children.
This video aims to become an eye opener to the society that they should
not look down and judge someone based on what they do for a living. A
job is a job, as long as it is halal.

more at:
http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/thecamp/videos/the_forgotten_job_tukang_kasut/view

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INDIA
* No further registration for cotton exports:
The Centre, on Monday, decided not to permit further cotton export
during the current marketing year, even as pressure is mounting from
Gujarat to allow fresh registrations.
“Until further order, there won’t be fresh registration,” Commerce,
Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma told reporters after
meeting of the Group of Ministers.
He said that about 2-2.5 million bales of cotton, which were already
registered for exports, would be allowed but only after scrutiny and
revalidation.
The marketing year runs from October to September.
One bale contains 170 kg of cotton.
http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article3297433.ece

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* Ban on cotton exports to stay, traders can fulfil contracts:
The government has refused to lift the ban on cotton exports while
allowing traders to fulfil their pending contracts of about two million
bales of the commodity.

more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/ban-on-cotton-exports-to-stay-traders-can-fulfil-contracts/articleshow/12604534.cms

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* India’s ban on cotton exports to continue:
The Government of India will continue with its ban on cotton exports,
it was decided at a Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting on cotton headed
by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. While no new registrations for
export of cotton would be accepted, traders would be allowed to execute
their pending contracts for export of about two million bales of
cotton, Commerce and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma said after the
meeting.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109902

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* UP govt to promote Banarasi textile products:
The state government of north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh would
make special efforts to promote Banarasi textile items, state
Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Singh has said.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109895

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* Demand for IPL apparel similar as last year:
Knitwear producers in India have found the demand for clothing items
for Indian Premier League (IPL) V, the current edition of T20 cricket
tournament, to be similar to demand that was observed during IPL last
year. Mumbai-based SVG Fashions Ltd. is one of the companies that
manufacture garments for almost all sponsors of various IPL teams
including Addidas, Puma and Reebok.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109905

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BANGLA DESH
* Workers leader tortured dead
* Garment union leader murdered in Bangladesh

PHILIPPINES
* Lawmaker slams unfair labor practices, union busting in HSBC
* DOLE eases rules on hiring of Pinoy workers abroad

VIET NAM
* Tailor passes on skills to destitute kids
* Viet Nam top destination for international investors

THAILAND
* Manufacturers unsure how changing labour climate will affect them
* Labour shortage looms:

CAMBODIA
* Strikers claim shots fired
* Bavet governor did it, shooting victim says
* Firm cautious after faintings
* Workers fainting in Cambodia factories
+ ATTACHED from BetterFactories

INDONESIA
* Indonesia to OK UN Deal to Protect Migrant Workers
* College bill is pro-poor, anti-privatization
* The Forgotten Job: ‘Tukang Kasut’

INDIA
* No further registration for cotton exports
* Ban on cotton exports to stay, traders can fulfil contracts
* India’s ban on cotton exports to continue
* UP govt to promote Banarasi textile products
* Demand for IPL apparel similar as last year

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