in the news on-line, 5 October 2012

01:11:49 local time map of china CHINA

* World’s first global organic cotton campaign launched:

Major players in the international textiles industry are challenged to sign up to organic – the most reliable and trustworthy standard of sustainable textiles production.

Speaking at the Sustainable Textiles Conference in Hong Kong, Lord Peter Melchett – Policy Director of the UK’s Soil Association – asked textile industry leaders: “Have you cottoned on yet?”
Echoing the slogan of the campaign and website launched today (www.cottonedon.org), Lord Melchett called on the industry to put a halt to the global environmental damage and threats to cotton farmers’ livelihoods caused by conventional cotton farming and processing.

 Up to 80% of world cotton production currently comes from Genetically Modified (GM) crops (with 95% of the seed in India controlled by one company: Monsanto). In addition, more than U.S. $3 billion worth of pesticides that can cause a variety of risks to humans and the environment were used on conventional cotton in 2010.
 At the same time, worldwide demand for organic cotton is set to grow by at least 10% in 2011-2012. read more. & see more.
  

00:11:49 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Workers strike stretch into weekend:

More than 600 workers from Kandal province’s Tae Young Co factory yesterday continued to strike, insisting on the return of 16 dismissed workers.

Yesterday’s strikes came a day after the Kandal Provincial Court delayed questioning eight of the fired workers over charges that they incited an
illegal strike in June.

Union member Un Bunkea, one of the sacked workers whom the Ang Snuol district factory is suing for $60,000 in compensation, said yesterday that the eight fired union members appeared at the court on time but were told that their questioning had been suspended.

“I do not know when we will be summonsed again, but the workers are continuing their strike to demand that the factory drop the case and that all 16 people who were sacked return,” he said.

The workers, who began striking in front of the garment factory on Monday, say that they will continue until the company accepts their demands. read more.

* Jobs are crucial to development, World Bank says:


A worker makes trousers at a factory in Kandal province. Photograph: Vireak Mai/Phnom Penh Post

Jobs are a cornerstone of development in developing countries, reducing poverty, making cities work and providing youth with alternatives to violence, according to a new World Bank report.

“A good job can change a person’s life, and the right jobs can transform entire societies,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.
“Governments need to move jobs to centre stage to promote prosperity and fight poverty. It’s critical that governments work well with the private sector, which accounts for 90 per cent of all jobs.”  read more.

* Slowdown in garment exports from Cambodia:

The slump in global markets has depressed demand for Cambodian products, leading to reduced growth forecasts by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 2012 and 2013.
“Falling global demand, especially in Europe and the US, means that the industry sector will grow at a slower pace this year,” said ADB Senior Country Economist for Cambodia Peter Brimble. “However, buoyancy in the services sector, particularly tourism, offsets to some extent the slowdown in garment exports.”
Forecasts in ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2012 Update (ADOU 2012), released, predict Cambodia’s gross domestic product to grow by 6.4% in 2012 and 6.8% in 2013, a slight drop from ADB’s earlier projections of 6.5% and 7% in the ADO of April 2012. read more.

01:11:49 local time map of malaysia MALAYSIA

* Pakatan’s Universal Minimum Wage Proposal Perplexing – MEF:

Pakatan Rakyat’s proposal to introduce universal minimum wage of RM1,100 will detrimentally impact the cost of doing business and disrupt investors’ confidence in Malaysia.

Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) President Tan Sri Azman Shah Harun said the Pakatan Rakyat’s basis for making such a proposal was unclear and perplexing.

“We are not sure what is meant by the term ‘universal minimum wage’ and how the amount of RM1,100 was derived.

“The higher figure could only mean that the cost of doing business would further increase and this would in turn further damage investors’ confidence,” he said in a statement here Thursday.

He said the National Wage Consultative Council (NWCC), in setting the national minimum wage rate at RM900 per month for Peninsular Malaysia and RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan, based its recommendations on the research and study conducted by international experts. read more.

* PR: BN’s minimum wage ‘almost no change at all’:

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s minimum wage policy brings about “almost no change at all”, the federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) said today.

“The announced minimum wage rate of RM900 for the peninsula and RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak is actually inclusive of allowances, which effectively means the basic wage is still between RM700 and RM800,” PR said in a statement signed by PKR’s Chua Tian Chang, the DAP’s Liew Chin Tong and PAS’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

“This means the purported changes were almost no change at all,” they said, claiming that a study by the Human Resources Ministry showed a third of the workforce currently earn around RM700 each month.  read more.

01:11:49 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Workers demand revocation of outsourcing system:

Thousands of workers took to the streets in many parts of the country on Wednesday to demand among other things revocation of outsourcing system they consider hurting workers.

“Our aim is to demand `Hostum” meaning revocation of outsourcing system and a cheap labor policy,” the secretary general of the Association of Indonesia Workers Unions (Aspek), Sabda Pranawa Djati, said in a rally involving around 3,000 workers in front of the Jakarta regional legislative assembly building.

Besides them, Sabda, said workers also demand implementation of health insurance for all people on January 1, 2014.

He said workers involved in the rally came from the Council of Indonesian Workers Unions consisting of the Confederation of the All Indonesia Workers Union (KSPSI), the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) and the Confederation of All Indonesia Labor Unions (KSBSI). read more. & read more.

* Millions of Workers on Strike, Industries Paralyzed:

 Millions of workers started their three-day strike Wednesday (October 3rd), paralyzing some industrial areas in the country.

 “The strike will go on until October 5th,” said Koswara, president of Tangerang People Alliance (Altar) in Cikupa industrial area, Tangerang, as quoted by Kompas.com.
Workers demand improvements in working conditions and an end of outsourcing system.
Hundreds of workers closed down access road to Jatake industrial estate in Tangerang. Hundreds of factories in MM2100 industrial area in Cibitung, Bekasi, West Java stopped productions Wednesday. They also blocked access road to the industrial estate. read more.

* More Than 2 Million Workers Strike in Indonesia:

Indonesian unions say more than 2 million factory workers have gone on a one-day strike across the country to call for higher wages and protest the hiring of contract workers.

National police spokesman Col. Agus Rianto says hundreds of thousands of laborers from more than 700 companies at 80 industrial estates took to the streets in protest Wednesday.

Yoris Raweyai, chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers’ Union, says workers want the government to revise a law allowing companies to hire temporary workers on one-year contracts without benefits — a practice called “outsourcing” in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled in January that the hiring practice is unconstitutional and violates workers’ rights.

“The [protest’s] agenda is to ask for the abolition of the outsourcing system in recruiting workers, [and demand a] pay hike and health security for all workers [by] 2014, instead of 2019 as planned by the government,” Said Iqbal, chairman of the Indonesian Labor Assembly (MPBI) said.  read more.

* Editorial: Of strikes and strategy:

On Wednesday morning, residents of Greater Jakarta and other towns will be bracing for the strikes threatened by representatives of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Among others, the Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) announced on Monday that its local branches in Samarinda, East Kalimantan; Batubara, North Sumatra; Palembang and Prabumulih in South Sumatra; Semarang and Surakarta in Central Java; and Yogyakarta were planning simultaneous protests. Unions in prominent industrial districts such as Jakarta; Tangerang, Banten; and Bekasi, Cimahi, Indramayu, Karawang and Subang, West Java; will also join the strikes, KASBI said.

The message: Raise wages, end outsourcing and the contract-employment system. The strategy: Pressure the government and authorities will back off, like they did after the last effort to ditch the minimum wage regulations. The results: Public sympathy expected to decline after the last massive strikes led to the closing of toll roads. The lost message: Daily hardships at jobs demanding long hours and offering no security, owing to contracts and outsourcing arrangements extending for over 10 years. read more.

* Apindo Questions Workers Rally:

The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) argues the workers to stage a rally in government institution offices instead of the industrial area if they demanded a revision on regulation.

“If the target is a law revision, the workers should hold the rally in the related institution,” said Sutomo, Head of Apindo Bekasi, as quoted by Metro Tv.
He also deplores the rally, that according to him, causes a great loss to the employers, since it makes a traffic jam in the area. “We have not calculated the loss. But it is around billion of rupiahs since the factory machine is off,” Sutomo revealed.
read more.

* Textile Industry: Anti-Dumping Policy to China Apparel Products:

The government is considering implementing safeguard for apparel imports from China to protect the textile and textile products (TPT) industry nationwide are increasingly face pressure.

Build Ramon, Director of Textile and Miscellaneous Industries in the Ministry of Industry office, acknowledged the decline in exports of textile products and footwear are still continued until August, though it was not as severe as in previous months.

These conditions can not be avoided by the industry amid falling global demand due to the European and the United States crisis.
“The decline in textile exports today [August] around 2%, while the months before it can be 6%. So [the trend is] rather sloping,” he told Business, Tuesday (02/10/2012).

In addition to weakening exports, said Ramon, the textile industry in the country is also increasingly difficult to compete with similar products from China.
“So, we want to use some sort of anti-dumping, especially for the apparel from China. We are urrently discussing with the Association, about the possibility of the imposition of safeguard, “he said.
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* BetterWorks Indonesia Media Updates:

1. Indonesian Workers Demand an End to Outsourcing.
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2. Strike ends Safely, Chief of Police Thank the workers.
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3. Outsourcing System: Phasing out from the core job.
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4. Workers Wage increment will depend on last the final survey.
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5. Textile Industry: Anti-Dumping Policy to China Apparel Products.
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6. National Decent Work Program for Indonesia .
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7. BPJS Health: Formulation of rules has not been settled.
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23:41:49 local time map of myanmar BURMA/MYANMAR

* Rights Groups Say Migrants Blocked from Leaving Mae Sot:

Migrant rights groups say that thousands of Burmese workers living in the Thai border town of Mae Sot have been prevented from leaving to search for work elsewhere in Thailand, despite possessing legal work permits that allow them to do so.

Yaung Chi Oo, a Mae Sot-based advocacy group that works to protect the rights of Burmese migrant workers, said that factory owners in the town have colluded with local Thai authorities to detain and return workers who attempt to travel to other parts of the country.

Officials from the International Organization for Migration confirmed the reports when contacted by The Irrawaddy, but declined to make a formal statement.

The groups said that the police started blocking workers six months ago in response to complaints from employers who said that they were facing labor shortages. According to official figures, there are around 40,000 Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot who are legally registered to work in Thailand.

These workers are typically paid between 60 and 100 baht (US $1.95 to $3.25) per day, far below the 226 baht ($7.35) they are entitled to under Thai law. read more.

23:11:49 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Wage hike for garment workers ruled out:

Bangladesh’s state minister for labour has told just-style an immediate pay hike for garment sector workers is not possible despite employees’ demands for a 30% increase.

“At least there should be a gap of three years between two wage reviews,” labour minister Begum Monnujan Sufian said. “The last review came into effect in November 2010 raising minimum monthly pay to BDT3,000 [US$36].”

But employee organisations are not ready to give in. “We stick to our demand for a 30% wage hike,” Abul Hossain, president of the Textile Garments Workers Federation (TGWF) told just-style, adding wages have “not kept pace with the rising cost of living.”

In mid-June, protests by garment workers led to the temporary closure of 300 factories. There is no threat of fresh strike action, but global clothing buyers have been raising concerns over Bangladeshi worker unrest.Last month CEO of Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) Karl-Johan Persson met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and urged regular reviews of workers’ salaries.

Despite this, garment employees doubt buyers’ sympathies.
“We know that more than 80% of the share in the profit from the RMG [ready-made garment] is consumed by foreign brands. Less than 20% out of total profit are consumed by the local manufacturers,” the TGWF said in a recent statement, calling for a proportionate distribution of profits. to read.

* INTERVIEW: Violence Rises against Bangladeshi Garment Workers:

The murder earlier this year of a Bangladeshi union organizer is part of an escalation of attacks on the nation’s 4 million garment workers who seek to change abusive working conditions, says Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS).

Akter, who just ended a visit to the United States sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), worked closely with her BCWS colleague and factory union organizer, Aminul Islam, who was murdered earlier this year, his body found beaten and tortured. Islam also was a leader of Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF),  As recently as mid-September, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at tens of thousands of garment workers rallying outside factories in an industrial area near Dhaka.

The violence against workers seeking to improve their conditions and the murder of a union activist have made workers fear forming unions. Although workers are willing to walk out of a factory demanding improvements, they are afraid to join a union because that could make them a target for firing or worse, says Akter, whose organization is a close partner of the Solidarity Center. read more.

* Garment exports to US surge:

The falling prices of Bangladeshi wares and the rebounding American economy bid well for the country’s readymade garment exports to the US.

The global fall in cotton prices and the rising productivity of Bangladeshi workers thanks to technological upgrade in factories, account for the lower prices.
Consequently, international buyers are increasing their orders from Bangladesh, industry insiders said.
Bangladesh’s RMG exports to the US in July-August stood at $892.63 million, up from $869.80 million in the same period last year, data from Export Promotion Bureau showed. read more.

* Hong Kong wants to relocate leather plants to Bangladesh:

As the costs of doing business in China are increasing to a large extent, a good number of entrepreneurs of Hong Kong leather sector are investigating the investment climate in Bangladesh.

“As the production cost in China has gone up, we are losing global competitiveness.
So, we are trying to move to low cost country.
And for this, I came to Bangladesh to find out investment opportunity in the leather sector here,” said Andy Wong, president of Hong Kong New Territories Manufacturers Association.
Andy Wong made the comments while addressing a discussion meeting on “Prospects and problems of foreign investment in leather and leather goods manufacturing sector in Bangladesh” at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city on Thursday. read more.

22:41:49 local time map of india INDIA

* 14 children rescued by child labour activists:

Around 14 children were rescued from a garment industry in east Delhi on Thursday after a raid was carried out by the SDM of Geeta Colony Sandeep Gulati.

The children, allegedly trafficked victims of child labour, were rescued from the factory in old Seelampur when an NGO complaint prompted the agencies to action.

The SDM was assisted by police, members of Labour Department and NGO activists. The rescued children were reported to be all between the age group of 8- 15 years and most of the children belong to Bihar, said a press statement from the NGO.

“All children belong to poor families and were brought to Delhi by the traffickers through false promises for forced labour. The children worked in deplorable conditions with no freedom of movement or leaving employment. Since 6 months and worked for as many as 15 hours a day without getting any wages,” said an NGO official. read more.

* Workers demand basic rights:

Responding to the World Federation of Trade Unions’ (WFTU) call for the International Action Day demanding basic rights for the working class, members of the Joint Committee of Trade Unions in the city on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in front of Town Hall.

Later, a delegation of members met Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and submitted a memorandum listing the problems being faced by the working class.

General Secretary of the State unit of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) S. Prasanna Kumar said the Indian working class was being deprived of their right to food, potable water, education, free healthcare and housing. read more.

* Spinners urge Centre to create buffer stocks:

The South India Spinners Association (SISPA), Coimbatore, has urged the Centre to retain a minimum quantity of cotton in the country before allowing exports to ensure price stability.

It also wants the Centre to restore the concession under the Technology Upgradation Fund (TUF) Scheme during the 10-month period it remained suspended in 2010-11.
The Association, in its resolution adopted at its recent AGM, pointed out that the Centre permitted export of cotton even before the harvested cotton crop reached the market, leading to fluctuation in prices. This caused huge losses to most of the mills last year and a similar situation has emerged during the current year also.

The association said the Group of Ministers (GoM) had taken a decision that a minimum stock of 50 lakh bales of cotton should be maintained which SISPA wanted the Government to adhere to. read more.

* India cotton exports to drop as China demand falls:

Cotton exports from India, the world’s second-largest producer, are likely to drop by nearly half to 7 million bales in the 2012/13 marketing year that began on October 1, a senior government official said, hit by waning global demand and lower output.

Indian traders shipped a record 12.9 million bales, each of 170 kg, in the previous marketing year, mostly to China, making it the number two exporter to the United States and ahead of Australia which shipped around 5.8 million bales.

“China is sitting on huge stocks. The world is having enough cotton and no one is queuing for exports,” Textile Commissioner AB Joshi told reporters after a state-run Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) meeting. read more.

* Cotton production, exports likely to decline this season:

Cotton, which registered a steep increase in production and exports in 2011-2012, is estimated to see almost five per cent decline in production this season (October 2012-September 2013).

The Cotton Advisory Board, which met in Mumbai on Thursday for its first meeting this season, estimated production this year to be 334 lakh bales as against 353 lakh bales last year. India’s cotton exports is also expected to drop to 70 lakh bales this year. The reduction is because of the delay and deficient south west monsoon in cotton growing areas.

Industry representatives told The Hindu that the global availability of cotton is high this year and the carry over stock is nearly 65 per cent. Further, the current prices of Indian cotton are higher than the international prices. Hence, exports are not expected to be more than 70 lakh bales this year. read more.

22:11:49 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* ‘Ageing industrial equipment needs to be replaced’:

Ageing industrial equipment in the country needs to be replaced but manufacturers are shy of borrowing at the current interest rates, resulting in decline in the manufacturing sector credit by almost Rs1 trillion since January, said Ahsan Bashir, chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), on Thursday.

“The life of a textile machine is 10 years, as the new efficient technologies introduced periodically make even best maintained older machines inefficient,” he said, adding that there has been no upgradation of technology in textiles for the last six years.

“We need to replace at least 10 percent of our textile machines every year just to maintain our status in textiles at the current level,” he said. read more.

* Textile exports decreasing due to gas, power shortages: APBUMA:

Khawaja Muhammad Younus, Chairman All Pakistan Bedsheets & Upholstery Manufacturer s Association( APBUMA)said that acute shortage of gas and electricity is badly hurting not only the textile sector but day to day the export is also decreasing.
He says it is imperative to mention that Post Quota scenario has dramatically changed the global trade patterns and there is need of new policies for textile industry.

In a press statement issued here on Thursday he said that Pakistan textile industry is facing tough competition from the regional competitors due to power shortage and day to day increase of utility charges. As compared to other rivals, the cost of doing business in Pakistan creeping high. On account of these circumstances the Pakistan textile industry is going through the crucial regime resultantly exports from Pakistan during the preceding financial year has shown decline 1.169 percent.
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  THE KARACHI  FIRE:

* Baldia factory investigation: Gates were closed on orders of owners when fire started, say witnesses:

The interim challan submitted to the court on Thursday, about the fire at Ali Enterprises, revealed that the factory gates were closed on orders of the owners and the general manager when the fire broke out.

The main suspect in the case who had the factory keys, Shah Rukh, is still a figutive while the factory owners, Abdul Aziz Bhaila and his sons Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila, have been granted bail by the Rawalpindi High Court. The general manager, Mansoor Ahmed, is in police custody.
The fire that broke out on September 11 claimed the lives of 258 workers in one of Pakistan’s worst industrial incidents.

The SITE-B police submitted the Challan to the second Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate, West, Sohail Ahmed Mashori, and obtained a remand of the suspects till October 16.
According to three witnesses – Abdul Majeed, Nazir Ahmed and Zubair – Shah Rukh and other gatekeepers closed the gates on orders of Mansoor who received his instructions from the owners. read more.

* Watchmen remanded in police custody:

Three watchmen of the fire-wrecked garment factory in Baldia Town were remanded to police custody by a judicial magistrate on Thursday.

SITE police produced the three accused watchmen, Fazal Ahmed, Arshad Muhammad and Ali Muhammad, before the court of Judicial Magistrate, West. Investigation officer (IO) told the court that according to initial investigations, watchmen locked the gates of the factory while salary was being disbursed among the workers. Judicial Magistrate, Sohail Ahmed Mashoori, remanded the accused to police custody till September 25 and directed the IO to submit case diaries on the next hearing. to read.

* Police find no evidence of arson in factory fire case:

Police have remained unable to arrive at any conclusion but mentioned gas leakage and short circuit as ‘possible causes’ of the fire in an interim charge-sheet filed in a court on Thursday in the Baldia fire-wrecked factory case.

While the case investigation officer in the interim charge-sheet stated that no evidence had been found to link the tragedy with arson, he accused the labour department, fire brigade, civil defence, Sindh Building Control Authority, Sindh Employees Social Security Institution and SITE of non-cooperation in the probe.
read more.

* Police submit interim charge sheet:

An interim charge sheet pertaining to the Baldia factory fire case was submitted in a local court here Thursday, DawnNews reported.

A garment factory in Karachi’s Baldia Town area suffered one of the nation’s worst industrial disasters last month when an enormous inferno swallowed down the factory, killing at least 258. Police currently is investigating the tragedy.
Police alleged that concerned departments were not cooperating in the investigation and neither have the DNA tests of some of the victims been conducted yet.

According to the police, SITE Association, Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), Sindh Employees Social Security Institution, the civil defence, fire brigade, labour and other departments were not cooperating with investigators in the probe.
One of the important suspects in the case, the manager of the factory, is reportedly still at large.

The court ordered the police to arrest the factory manager and present him for the next hearing. Moreover, it had directed the police to identify those responsible for the disaster and submit a final charge sheet by Oct 16.
The court subsequently adjourned the hearing until Oct 16. to read.

* Court dissatisfied with incomplete charge sheet:

Judicial Magistrate (West-II) Sohail Ahmed Mashori on Thursday ordered the investigation officer (IO) in the Baldia factory fire case to submit the final charge sheet within 14 days.

The judge remarked that the IO had filed an incomplete interim charge sheet that did not provide details of the fire incident in which 259 people had died on September 11.
Expressing his dissatisfaction, he said the charge sheet did not mention the role of the owners of the ill-fated factory, Ali Enterprises, and relevant civic agencies, including the Civil Defence, Fire Brigade and Sindh Building Control Authority.

The IO however explained that the final charge sheet would provide each and every detail. He denied that any explosive materials were used in the industrial unit.
He pointed out that he had written letters to the SBCA director and other officials representing the Civil Defence, Fire Brigade, lahour department and others, seeking assistance in probing the cause of the fire. He said a government official of Grade-18 could coordinate and investigate the cause of the fire. read more.

* A rally was organized in solidarity with the victims:

A rally was organized in solidarity with the victims of families at Karachi and Lahore Factory Workers by Pakistan Textile Garments and Leather Workers Federation (PTGLWF) under the president ship of Mr. Aslam Wafa at Faisalabad on 30-09-2012.

Large numbers of workers from different factories of Textile,Garments and Power looms joined the rally.
The rally was started from District Council Hall and ended at Press Club Faisalabad.

At the end Mr. Aslam Wafa President (PTGLWF),Faqeer Hussain Saghar Chairnman (PTGLWF) , Afzal Awan President Jahanbaaz Labour Federation Punjab and Sajid Hussain Office bearer of Power Looms Workers Union Spoke and demanded that the Government should:
1. Pay the compensation to the all families whose members were lost their lives or   injured during the incident.
2.The responsible persons must be made an accountable and no concession must be given to the owners of Ali Enterprises ( Karachi Garments) and Lahore Shoe Factory.
3. It should be ensured that the health and safety measures be fully implemented in all factories.
4. The labour inspection be made meaningful and effective and those  who failed to comply with the law strain action be taken against them .
5. A consultation be organised at Government level where all trade unions and employers be called to make appropriate recommendations for health and safety .

 

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The next newsletter and news bulletin will be published 8 October 2012.

Under “special reports” you can find: an overview of articles about the Garment factory Fire in Karachi (and Lahore).

CHINA
* World’s first global organic cotton campaign launched

CAMBODIA
* Workers strike stretch into weekend
* Jobs are crucial to development, World Bank says
* Slowdown in garment exports from Cambodia

MALAYSIA
* Pakatan’s Universal Minimum Wage Proposal Perplexing
* PR: BN’s minimum wage ‘almost no change at all’

INDONESIA
* Workers demand revocation of outsourcing system
* Millions of Workers on Strike, Industries Paralyzed
* More Than 2 Million Workers Strike in Indonesia
* Editorial: Of strikes and strategy
* Apindo Questions Workers Rally
* Textile Industry: Anti-Dumping Policy to China Apparel Products
* BetterWorks Indonesia Media Updates

BURMA/MYANMAR
* Rights Groups Say Migrants Blocked from Leaving Mae Sot

BANGLA DESH
* Wage hike for garment workers ruled out
* INTERVIEW: Violence Rises against Bangladeshi Garment Workers
* Garment exports to US surge
* Hong Kong wants to relocate leather plants to Bangladesh

INDIA
* 14 children rescued by child labour activists
* Workers demand basic rights
* Spinners urge Centre to create buffer stocks
* India cotton exports to drop as China demand falls
* Cotton production, exports likely to decline this season

PAKISTAN
* ‘Ageing industrial equipment needs to be replaced’
* Textile exports decreasing due to gas, power shortages
* THE KARACHI FIRE:
* Baldia factory investigation: Gates were closed on orders of owners when fire started, say witnesses
* Watchmen remanded in police custody
* Police find no evidence of arson in factory fire case
* Police submit interim charge sheet
* Court dissatisfied with incomplete charge sheet
* A rally was organized in solidarity with the victims

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