This was in the news on-line, today, 1 may 2012:

GENERAL

* ILO warns of 202 million unemployed in 2012:

The International Labour Organisation warned Monday that austerity measures are hurting job markets worldwide and predicted global unemployment of 202 million people in 2012, up six million from last year. read more.

03:47:05 local time map of china CHINA

* 107-year-old lady still at work:

Huang Magan, 107, works on a loom at her home in Bama County in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region yesterday. read more.


* Luxury rental biz may be a future trend:

Ren Jiansong puts paying his rent ahead of buying the pricey luxury goods he so adores – prompting the 26-year-old fashionmonger to frequently rent luxury goods from a Beijing-based boutique.

His most recent rental was a Louis Vuitton Damier Naviglio. The brown and tan messenger bag retails for about $1,600, but Ren paid 180 yuan ($29) to borrow one for three days. He also paid 90 yuan to rent a $700 Louis Vuitton wallet for three days. “I can afford to buy any of them, but I don’t think the prices are acceptable,” says Ren, whose annual income is nearly 220,000 yuan. read more.

 03:47:05 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* Employers say wage hike inevitable:

Employers may give in to the demands of workers for another round of wage hikes, but the increase will not be as high as what the latter want.

Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) director-general Vicente Leogardo Jr. told ABS-CBNnews.com that an adjustment is in the offing, but only after the lapse of the one-year moratorium on wage setting. read more.

* No wage hike for Metro Manila workers yet:

There will be no wage increase announcement for private sector workers in Metro Manila in time for tomorrow’s Labor Day celebrations, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday. read more.

* P125 pay hike too costly:

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday announced salary hike for state workers, but described the P125-wage hike demand of private sector workers as detrimental to the economy.  read more.

* Thousands march to Palace to push for workers’ welfare:

Thousands of workers from private and government agencies marched on Tuesday to Malacañan to press President Aquino to act on their demands.

Marking the Labor Day celebration, various groups and unions belonging to labor coalition Nagkaisa! converged along Espana Avenue in front of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila around 7 a.m. read more.

02:47:05 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Selling goods the Vietnamese way:

Walking for half of a day to a kermis to sell several soapberries, a pack of tea, several chickens, a basket of snails or a jar of pickled vegetables… is perhaps seen in mountain kermises in Vietnam.

In mountainous and isolated areas, kermises are not only the place for purchasing goods but also for seeing people. Besides some traders from the lowland, most of others are local people who sell self-made products. read & see more.

  02:47:05 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Bangkok Post reports on Somyot’s case:

Spotlight on LM defendant
An art event and seminar to be held on Sunday will shine a spotlight on the case of lese majeste defendant Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, who has been denied bail eight times in the past 365 days of detention and trial. read more

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* Key activist’s Somyot verdict postponed:

This morning, the court announced that the verdict reading of Prachatai case will be postpone to 30 May, 2012 given the reason that the judge needs more time to consider documentary evidences. The campaign team will inform of the venue and timing of the verdict again.read more.

* Please sign: ACT NOW Labourstart petition: Frre Somyot, in actions, thank you !

* Somyot’s defense starts 1st May:

On the 1st May, labour day, Somyot will begin his defence. From 9am SOmyot will give his testimony at the Criminal Court and four days of defense witness hearings will take place. The 4th May is the last day of the court hearing. read more.

 * Democrats call for better migrant plan:

The opposition Democrat Party yesterday urged the government to introduce better measures to manage an influx of migrant workers in the wake of its 300-baht minimum wage increase policy.  read more.

* Activists call for improved legislation on Labour Day:

A call for double severance pay for termination of employment and a redundancy insurance fund are among various demands put forward by labour networks to mark National Labour Day today.

However, employers have complained the demands will only add to the burden of the minimum wage increase they already shoulder.  read more.

02:47:05 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Labour firm staff sentenced:

The director and employees of a maid recruitment agency were handed sentences of up to five years by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday and ordered to pay compensation for illegally detaining an under-aged girl.  read more.

* ITUC Expresses Concerns for Trade Union Rights:

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

For years, trade unions and the workers they represent in the garment sector have been subject to numerous serious violations of their rights.

Excessive hours of work and poor working conditions have led to several episodes of mass fainting. Collective bargaining agreements are being breached, and employers are refusing to negotiate with certain independent unions.

Workers are fired for anti-union motives and are not reinstated, despite binding arbitration awards in their favour. The industry has shifted to using short, fixed duration contracts in an effort to create employment instability and undermine the exercise of fundamental rights.

This year, workers have also been the victims of violence, including a shooting outside of a garment factory earlier this year; the perpetrator has been charged on a minor offense yet still remains free.  read more.

 03:47:05 local time map of malaysia  MALAYSIA

* Batik can be fashionable for youths, designers told:

More effort should be made to organise batik fashion shows to promote interest in batik attire among the younger generation, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie. read more

03:47:05 local time map of indonesia  INDONESIA

* Olympic stress for Indonesian labourers:

Mirna works up to 60 hours a week in an Indonesian factory, stitching tracksuits and T-shirts for adidas, the official sportswear partner of the London Olympics.
While the German company expects to make tens of millions of euros from this summer’s Games, Mirna earns just 8,125 rupiah (Dh3.28) an hour, and has had to send her son away to be looked after by grandparents. read more.

* Better Work Indonesia – Legal Updates:

Better Work Indonesia aims to ensure factories are properly informed about labour issues and that they fully understand core labour conventions, laws and regulations in Indonesia, including any changes to the law. read more.

* From the Streets to the Ministry, a Fight for Labor:

After spending 18 years as a staunch labor activist, including three years in prison, Dita Indah Sari shocked many in 2010 when she decided to join the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry. read more.

01:47:05 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Bangladesh prepares draft of trade deal with US:

Ahead of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Bangladesh, the government has prepared the draft of the Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (Ticfa) that the two countries may sign in future. read more.

* PM urges to allow duty-free, quata-free acces to Bangladesh products:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the US government to allow duty-free and quota-free access to Bangladesh products to the huge American market. read more.

* Indian cloths worth Tk 2 crore seized in Jessore:

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members seized a huge quantity of Indian sari and three-piece dress materials worth Tk 2 crore in Sharsha upazila of Jessore on Sunday night. read more.

* India to resume cotton export:

India, the second largest producer of cotton, yesterday lifted a ban on cotton export, at a time when Bangladesh is lobbying with Uzbekistan to strike a deal to ensure smooth supply for local spinners.

Bangladesh, which is fully dependent on imported cotton, went for an alternative to Indian as the neighbouring country has been frequently imposing ban on the export of the item for the last two years.  read more.

* Adidas warns of irregularities in Indian business:

German sportswear maker Adidas reported Monday a strong rise in first-quarter profits but warned full-year earnings would be hit by the discovery of irregularities in its Indian business.  read more.

* May Day being observed:

The historic May Day is being observed on Tuesday across the country as elsewhere in the world with a renewed pledge to protect the rights of workers.

The day is observed every year since 1886 commemorating the launch of a massive movement of workers at the Haymarket in Chicago of the United States to establish the rights of eight-hour working day.  read more.

* Bangladesh-Uzbek officials to discuss cotton trade:

A team of Bangladesh Government officials and businessmen, led by Commerce Secretary Md. Ghulam Hussain, will visit Uzbekistan next month to discuss import of cotton from the CIS country. read more.

* Easing of Myanmar sanctions; threat to B’desh RMG sector:

The European Union has lifted sanctions imposed on Myanmar for one year, which could be further extended after reviewing the political situation. This could pose threat to the Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) industry. read more.


01:17:05 local time map of india INDIA

* Adidas warns of irregularities in Indian business:

German sportswear maker Adidas reported on Monday a strong rise in first-quarter profits but warned full-year earnings would be hit by the discovery of irregularities in its Indian business. read more.

* Centre may allow 20 lakh bales additional cotton exports:

The Centre is expected to allow more cotton exports after a meeting of senior ministers today, sources said. read more.

* This May Day, salute those who serve us:

My grocer delivered two 20-litre bottles of water to my flat at 11.53pm on Friday. I am being specific about the time to emphasise it was seven minutes to midnight.
He didn’t have to do this.
Yes, I had paid him in advance the previous day for a morning delivery.
When it didn’t come, I went to his shop on my way to office, asked him why he didn’t deliver as promised, and told him I had no drinking water
at home now.
He was very apologetic and promised to deliver the moment I returned from work, even if I was really late. read more

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* Government allows fresh cotton exports:

The government will allow cotton exports without any restriction, Trade Minister Anand Sharma said on Monday, lifting a ban imposed last month by the world’s second-biggest producer after record overseas sales raised concerns about domestic supplies. read more. & more. & more.

     

* Decision on fresh cotton exports likely today:

The government is likely to allow fresh cotton exports on Monday, based on revised production and consumption data furnished by the Cotton Advisory Board (CAB).

read more. & more.

 

* Less labour pains this May Day:

With prices of essential commodities constantly on the rise, there is some relief for unorganised workers in Karnataka this May Day. The Labour Department has decided to adopt the practice of compulsorily revising minimum wages once in three years.

The practice in Karnataka, so far, has been to revise wages once in five years, and there have been innumerable instances of minimum wages not being revised way beyond this period.  read more.

* Aditya Birla Nuvo to pick up stake in Pantaloons Format biz:

Aditya Birla Nuvo (ABNL) will acquire a controlling stake in Future Group’s ‘Pantaloons Format’ business following its demerger from Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd. (PRIL).

The Pantaloons format, launched by Future Group in 1997, has 65 stores in 35 cities and a reverse logistics chain, Pantaloons Factory Outlet, which has 21 stores. In a statement, ABNL said the Pantaloon format would be demerged from PRIL, a BSE and NSE listed company.  read more.

* Siyaram’s to expand fabric & garment production capacity:

Siyaram’s, a major producer of blended fabrics in India, has decided to expand its fabric and garment production capacity to cater to ever rising demand for branded products and readymade garments. read more.

01:17:05 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* Betrayal Of The Workers:

May Day is a day dedicated to the workpeople throughout the world. Thus there is no better occasion than this, to examine the reasons that has led to the downfall of communism, which created the workers’ dream of the so called dictatorship of the proletariat or a workers’ and peasants’ state which never saw the light of day. read more.

* May Day – The issues at stake:

The workers have come to observe May 1st as an event to further working class unity and solidarity. The choice of this day derived from the historic struggle launched by the American workers to win an eight hour working day and the attack by the Police on a workers’ protest meeting held at Haymarket Square, Chicago on 4th May 1886.

Despite the day being set apart for the workers, in Sri Lanka it is more a political event to which political parties attach great importance. Political parties utilize the day to show their strength whilst the workpeople exhibit their disunity and weakness. Yet the significance of May Day cannot be underscored.  read more.

00:47:05 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* From manufacturing to branding: Garment manufacturers operate with squeezed  margin:

If we draw a list of countries where the largest apparel brands of the United States and Europe run their overseas manufacturing operations, Pakistan’s name will likely be at the top. Apparel merchandisers say that from Nike, Kohl’s, Sears and Wal-Mart, to Gap, Old Navy and Macy’s, there is hardly a globally renowned clothing brand that does not outsource its manufacturing operations to Pakistani garment manufacturers. read more.

*  Economic condition of labourers deteriorating:

The economic condition of labourers and workers is deteriorating by the day due to several reasons, including the government’s failure to properly implement labour laws, lack of availability of decent work and continuous increase in the prices of essential commodities.

After the adoption of 18th Amendment by the parliament, the situation has deteriorated further because the federal government no longer sees itself as responsible for safeguarding the interests of the working classes, according to an analyst. read more.

* Bangladesh hotspot for Pakistani textile sector:

Could be there one particular reason or multiple reasons for the Pakistani textile sector investing in Bangladesh – a country which has emerged as the second biggest exporter of apparel to the US.

The number-1 reason is the rampant shortage of electricity and industrial gas, due to which units stay shut for long hours each day, unless they have captive generation, which again is expensive. read more.

* KCA advises Pak govt to build buffer stock of cotton:

As part of its suggestions for Federal Budget 2012-13, the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) has asked the Pakistan Government to reserve a minimum two million bales of cotton as buffer stock so as to effectively cater to domestic demand.  read more.

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GENERAL
* ILO warns of 202 million unemployed in 2012

CHINA
* 107-year-old lady still at work
* Luxury rental biz may be a future trend

PHILIPPINES
* Employers say wage hike inevitable
* No wage hike for Metro Manila workers yet
* P125 pay hike too costly
* Thousands march to Palace to push for workers’ welfare

VIET NAM
* Selling goods the Vietnamese way

THAILAND
* Bangkok Post reports on Somyot’s case
* Key activist’s Somyot verdict postponed
* Somyot’s defense starts 1st May
* Democrats call for better migrant plan
* Activists call for improved legislation on Labour Day

CAMBODIA
* Labour firm staff sentenced
* ITUC Expresses Concerns for Trade Union Rights

MALAYSIA
* Batik can be fashionable for youths, designers told

INDONESIA
* Olympic stress for Indonesian labourers
* Better Work Indonesia – Legal Updates
* From the Streets to the Ministry, a Fight for Labor

BANGLA DESH
* Bangladesh prepares draft of trade deal with US:
* PM urges to allow duty-free, quata-free acces to Bangladesh products
* Indian cloths worth Tk 2 crore seized in Jessore
* India to resume cotton export
* Adidas warns of irregularities in Indian business
* May Day being observed
* Bangladesh-Uzbek officials to discuss cotton trade
* Easing of Myanmar sanctions; threat to B’desh RMG sector

INDIA
* Adidas warns of irregularities in Indian business
* Centre may allow 20 lakh bales additional cotton exports
* This May Day, salute those who serve us
* Government allows fresh cotton exports
* Decision on fresh cotton exports likely today
* Less labour pains this May Day
* Aditya Birla Nuvo to pick up stake in Pantaloons Format biz
* Siyaram’s to expand fabric & garment production capacity

SRI LANKA
* Betrayal Of The Workers
* May Day – The issues at stake

PAKISTAN
* From manufacturing to branding: Garment manufacturers operate with squeezed margin:
* Economic condition of labourers deteriorating
* Bangladesh hotspot for Pakistani textile sector
* KCA advises Pak govt to build buffer stock of cotton

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The men who really run this land
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With such a thoughtless hand

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And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
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