This was in the news on-line, today, 3 may 2012:

ASIA

* Ngos and civil organizations in ASEAN Bloc ask AICHR to release ASEAN  Human Rights Declaration:

Over 136 civil organizations and NGos in asean group has demanded the asean human right body to release asean human rights declaration.  read more.

20:09:01 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* Aquino ‘good news’ not good enough:

President slammed for ‘disconnect’ with PH laborers

The “good news” that President Benigno Aquino III announced at his breakfast meeting with labor leaders on Labor Day Tuesday was not good enough for workers. read more.

* P125 WAGE HIKE NIXED:

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino yesterday rejected the proposed P125 across the board legislated wage hike even as he ordered the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) to study the possibility of granting private sector  workers wage increases.  read more

* Salary bills’ okay pushed:

AS Filipinos marked Labor Day, lawmakers pressed for the enactment of House bills that will increase public sector pay.  read more.

* Labor asks: ‘Why workers being hit the hardest?’:

The May 1, 2012 is no ordinary Labor Day, says International Labor Organization (ILO) director General Juan Somavia.

“The continuing economic crisis is hitting the workers hardest… the macro-economic policies of the past decades have downgraded the meaning of decent work,” says the ILO head. ILO, of course, has Europe as exhibit one on how unemployment, reaching as high as 20 percent or more in some countries, is driving workers to economic despondency. read more.

19:09:01 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* 40 Vietnam sweatshop workers in Russia seek help:

Nearly 40 Vietnamese workers who are forced to work 12-14 hours per day on a poor diet at a shoe factory in Ekaterinbua, Russia, have appealed to Vietnam’s concerned agencies for help.

They have also not been paid in the past four months, according to some of them who have informed their situation to Tuoi Tre.

Nguyen Van Thi and Trinh Dinh Quynh, of Dai Cuong Commune, Ha Nam Province, said after they are working for L.E.O. Pard, a shoe factory in Ekaterinbua, the capital city of Xvetlov, which is about 2.000 km northeast of Moscow.

Thi said they are living as slaves and were cheated by Ekaterinbua-based Hoa Viet Company that manages the factory. Based on the name, Hoa Viet is probably a Vietnamese firm. read more.  &   read more.

 

* Major export industries struggle to stay competitive:

Major export industries need to join in global distribution chains, improve the quality of their products, and develop recognised global trademarks if they are going to boost their competitive capacity and see sustainable export growth, says Pham Van Chat, an expert with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. (..)

Despite seeing annual growth in exports as high as 20 per cent per year, the garment industry continues to face challenges, including inefficient production and unstable markets and financial resources, said the deputy general secretary of the Viet Nam Textile and Garment Association, Nguyen Van Tuan.

Garment makers have often focused on maintaining jobs in the sector but not on improving processes, while Chinese and Japanese garment makers have developed more efficient production lines, Tuan said. read more in BUSINESS IN BRIEF .

* Vietnam, Laos’ women unions boost ties:

A cooperative agreement for 2012-2017 period was signed on May 2 between the Women’s Unions of Vietnam and Laos, on the occasion of the Vietnam visit of a Lao delegation led by the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) President Sisay Leudetmounsone.

Under the agreement, the unions will continue strengthening information exchange on policies and directions of the Parties and States, as well as the developmental situation of women in both countries.  read more.

* Youngor Group CEO proves his prophecy right:

The centre of activity of the overall global textile industry will move to South-east Asia in the near future, a top official of China-based apparel producer – Youngor Group had said. read more.

19:09:01 local time map of laos LAOS

*Workforce services established nationwide:

Over 152 public and private workforce services to provide facility have been established across country thanks to the efforts of Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Commerce in cooperation with Lao Federation of Trade Union.

Vice President of Lao Federation of Trade Union, Mr. Tongyeryang Yongcheng said that the establishment of workforce services is aimed at promoting and providing facility for contracted workers.  read more.

19:09:01 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Thai PM vows to meet minimum wage deadline:

Thai government insisted yesterday it would roll out the 300 baht (US$9.7) daily minimum wage to the remaining 70 provinces as scheduled following its launch in seven provinces including Bangkok on April 7, despite employers’ complaints and threats of non-compliance.
In her speech at the main May Day event at the Royal Plaza, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the government would meet the election promise of a 300 baht wage across the country by January next year, and vowed to keep prices of commodities as low as possible to ease the financial burden on low-income earners.  read more.

* In Thailand, Killings of Lesbians Go Unpunished:

Back in December, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a landmark report identifying that violence against LGBT people “tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes.” It said that states have an “obligation to exercise due diligence” to investigate and prosecute such crimes.      read  more

* No change to B300 wage plan:

The Central Wage Committee on Wednesday voted by a majority not to postpone the planned increase in the daily minimum wage to 300 baht per day in the 70 remaining provinces, set for Jan 1 next year, as proposed by the employers’ representatives.

The daily minimum wage has already been increased to 300 baht in seven provinces – Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Phuket – since April 1.  read more.

* Workers worried about being jobless:

Most people recently polled were concerned about having no job or being laid off, NIDA Poll of the National Institute of Development Administration said on Wednesday. read more.

19:09:01 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Union leader hurt in strikes:

Thousands of garment workers went on strike yesterday demanding higher wages, fees for transportation and housing, and in one case, the elimination of smelly odours caused by a fish farm near their factory. read more.

* From BetterFactories:

              * Union leader hurt in strikes- Phnom Penh Post-  printed edition here

             * PM-Labour shotages a plus : Phnom Penh Post-  printed edition here.

                 * More than 5.000 to march for Labor Day: The Cambodian Daily-     printed   edition here.

             * 7.000 march to National Assembly on Labor Day: The Cambodian Daily –

printed edition here.

 

* Bamboo can be money spinner for Cambodian garment sector:

Bamboo could be an answer to the huge volumes of raw materials that the Cambodian garment industry needs to import each year.  read more.


* Cambodia’s journalists still ‘at risk’ when limits pushed:

Among the huts of Mondul Seima district, in the southwestern province of Koh Kong, a young Cambodian journalist on assignment last week related hearing a military police officer utter four bone-chilling words:

“Just kill them both.”   read more.   & read more.

 

20:09:01 local time map of malaysia MALAYSIA

* SMEs In Sarawak Need Time To Adjust To Minimum Wage:

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Sarawak need time to adjust to requirements set by the government on the minimum wage, State Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development), Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais said Wednesday.

He said the SMEs have to upgrade the skills of their workers to justify the RM800 monthly minimum wage for Sarawak as recommended by the National Wages Consultative Council.  read more.

20:09:01 local time map of singapore SINGAPORE

* Only realistic way is step by step, with wages and productivity rising in tandem:

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has put in what employers hope will be the final word on Professor Lim Chong Yah’s controversial proposal for a second wage revolution to close the income gap.

Mr Lee said it will hit two major groups that are the lifeblood of Singapore’s economy: export companies, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  read more.

20:09:01 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* May Day Marks a Year of Advancement for Indonesia’s Workers:

Several pro-labor reforms have taken effect in Indonesia in the past 12 months. read read more. & read more.

  

17:39:01 local time map of india INDIA

* Seven children rescued from harsh labour:

Seven such children were on Wednesday rescued by the Labour Department in a raid conducted at the Mahankali Temple road and Old Jail road in Secunderabad. Saturated with goldsmiths’ establishments, these children are but a handful when compared to the magnitude of child labour prevalent in the area. read more.

* 25 lakh jobs created in labour intensive sectors: Government:

Over 25 lakh jobs were created in the country between October 2008-December 2011 in selected labour intensive and export oriented sectors, like textiles, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

“According to the survey results, overall estimated employment in all selected sectors has experienced a net addition of 25.84 lakh from the first survey (October, 2008 to December, 2008) to the 13th survey (October, 2011 to December, 2011),” Labour and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge said during Question Hour. read more.

* Cotton increased on export demand:

After central government allow cotton export, demand for export started to increase that moved up the cotton price by Rs 200-300 per candy in Gujarat on Tuesday. read more.

* Punjab textile, spinning firms fear hike in cotton rates:

The textile industry in Punjab feels that the Government’s decision to allow cotton exports will lead to a rise in its prices and a decline in domestic availability.

It also fears that the rising cotton prices would put further pressure on margins of companies, which have still not come out of the sluggish phase. read more.

* Luxury brand Marc Cain to hike Indian retail footprint:

Germany-based women’s fashion luxury clothing brand – Marc Cain plans to open five more Indian outlets in the current fiscal year. read more.

* TN spinners want debt restructuring & new bank loans:

Spinning mills in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are seeking restructuring of debts and permission for availing new bank loans.

The Central and State governments should intervene and protect the spinning mills in Tamil Nadu that have been badly affected in the recent years due to power shortage and high taxes, the Madurai Spinners’ Association said.  read more.

17:09:01 local time map of pakistan  PAKISTAN

* State failed to eradicate abject poverty:

The state in Pakistan has lost legitimacy because of its dismal failure to provide care for the labouring poor. When in recent years obscurantist movements have gained in popularity it is because they distribute welfare benefits that official agencies should provide to the citizens of the nation, Prof Dr Jan Breman observed while delivering a speech at a conference held on Wednesday at Karachi University.

The two-day international moot, Labour in the age of globalisation, was organised by the Pakistan Study Centre in collaboration with Piler (Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research).  read more.

* Energy crisis impacting Pakistan textile exports:

Mr Mohsin Aziz, Chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has said that the textile industry has potential to meet shortfall in exports, reaching $1 billion during first nine months of current fiscal against the corresponding period provided that it is facilitated with uninterrupted energy supply and globally competitive interest rates.

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map of Asia

ASIA
* Ngos and civil organizations in ASEAN Bloc ask AICHR to release ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

PHILIPPINES
* Aquino ‘good news’ not good enough
* P125 WAGE HIKE NIXED
* Salary bills’ okay pushed
* Labor asks: ‘Why workers being hit the hardest?’

VIET NAM
* 40 Vietnam sweatshop workers in Russia seek help
* Major export industries struggle to stay competitive
* Vietnam, Laos’ women unions boost ties
* Youngor Group CEO proves his prophecy right

LAOS
*Workforce services established nationwide

THAILAND
* Thai PM vows to meet minimum wage deadline
* In Thailand, Killings of Lesbians Go Unpunished
* No change to B300 wage plan
* Workers worried about being jobless

CAMBODIA
* Union leader hurt in strikes
* From BetterFactories
* Bamboo can be money spinner for Cambodian garment sector
* Cambodia’s journalists still ‘at risk’ when limits pushed

MALAYSIA
* SMEs In Sarawak Need Time To Adjust To Minimum Wage

SINGAPORE
* Only realistic way is step by step, with wages and productivity rising in tandem

INDONESIA
* May Day Marks a Year of Advancement for Indonesia’s Workers

INDIA
* Seven children rescued from harsh labour
* 25 lakh jobs created in labour intensive sectors: Government
* Cotton increased on export demand
* Punjab textile, spinning firms fear hike in cotton rates
* Luxury brand Marc Cain to hike Indian retail footprint
* TN spinners want debt restructuring & new bank loan

PAKISTAN
* State failed to eradicate abject poverty
* Energy crisis impacting Pakistan textile exports

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