in the news on-line, 21 February 2013

01:02:18 local time map of mongolia MONGOLIA

* Wool Threading Factory Opens:

Wool manufacturer Mogol Noos officially opened a wool threading factory on Monday. Mogol Noos, which was established in 1990, has trial tested the factory since 2011.

The threading factory is part of a government project that aims to supply all domestic tailoring factories with domestically-produced woollen fabric.  The threading factory was established with funding from South Korea and incorporates South Korean threading technology.

The government intends to build three or four fabric factories adjacent to the threading factory, which will require an initial investment of more than 80 billion MNT. The government has agreed to provide 68 billion MNT. Wool industry representatives have said that if the government funding is provided within the year, the additional fabric factories can commence operations as soon as next year. read more.
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01:02:18 local time map of china CHINA

* Tackling the labor shortages that threaten to unravel development in city garment trade:

Huge employment advertisements hang from the garment workshops and factories that line Hangzhou’s Xinye Street, beneath which are lines of interview booths.

The ads feature practical information, detailing jobs, pay – including tempting salaries like 10,000 yuan (US$1,601) a month for top level supervisors – and numbers of vacancies – some 1,000 workers in some factories.
With Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations drawing to an end, it’s time for garment manufacturers in Hangzhou Heaven Economic Development Zone to once again do battle in the fight to recruit staff.

“We want garment workers, as many as possible,” said an interviewer from View Industry Group, who identifies himself as Fang.
“While those with experience are preferred, inexperienced workers are also considered.”  read more.
SHANGHAIDAILY

* Companies struggle to find, keep workers:

A labor shortage is sweeping through both the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions, the country’s two major economic powerhouses.

LTN Classic, a garment firm in Guangzhou, is looking for more than a dozen sewing workers, but hired only half as many as it needed, as the capital city of South China’s Guangdong province expects a shortage of 110,000 workers right after the Lunar New Year holiday.
“We can fill our administrative posts but can hardly get all the general workers we want,” design director Zhang Wei said at the company’s stand at Guangzhou’s first post-holiday job fair, which opened on Wednesday.  read more.
PEOPLEDAILY

* Young job seekers expect more than just wages:

Young migrant workers are better educated and informed than their predecessors, and are becoming more demanding in terms of working conditions and other incentives, according to a survey by one of China’s largest online recruitment platforms.

As well as higher salaries, migrant workers now demand better living facilities, regular entertainment activities and better social welfare, the survey by recruitment site daguu.com revealed.
Interviewing 14,096 migrant workers from all over the country, it found more are looking to work and set up home in larger cities.
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Zhang Guanjin, the manager of Shaoxing Jinyong Textile Co, told China Daily on Wednesday, “Our turnover rate for low-skilled workers is about 30 percent, and we have to hire new workers as a daily task as there are people leaving all the time.”
Zhang added that his company also provides monthly training for management employees, and tries to raise the wages of all workers every quarter, depending on the profits made by the enterprise.  read more.
CHINADAILY

* Uniforms of 30 schools analyzed:

Thirty local schools had sent 79 batches of student uniforms suspected of having toxic dyes to authorities for tests by yesterday, the city’s quality watchdog said.

The student uniforms are being checked at the Shanghai Institute of Fiber Inspection to determine whether they contain carcinogenic aromatic amine dyes. The results will be issued within days, the institute said.
The disciplinary inspection department of Pudong Education Bureau started to investigate the purchase and sales of the uniforms yesterday, after cancer-causing dyes were earlier found in uniforms bought by some local schools. Should any education officials or school faculties be found to have violated regulations, they would be severely punished, it said.  read more.
SHANGHAIDAILY

00:02:18 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Industry confidence down on wage hike:

The Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) was down from 98.8 in December, 2012 to 97.3 in January, Payungsak Chartsuthipol, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), said on Thursday.

The FTI’s industry confidence survey was conducted in January, involving 1,085 manufacturers in 42 industry groups under the umbrella of the FTI.
Mr Payungsak attributed the drop in industry confidence to declining overall orders, output and higher production costs, particularly labour costs. read more.
bangkokpost

00:02:18 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Unions set double wage as minimum target:

Trade unions agreed yesterday to lobby the government to double the minimum wage in the garment sector, representatives said, following two days of meetings.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, said union delegates had agreed on the $120 per month figure ahead of a government meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
“I wanted $150 per month for workers,” Chhun said. “But I have to accept the consensus, which ended up being $120.

“I think the employers have the ability to provide workers with this amount.”
Minister of Social Affairs Ith Sam Heng said last month that unions needed to decide on exactly what they wanted before the government’s working group meets.
His words came in the wake of CCU calling for an increase to $150 and the Free Trade Union asking for $120.  read more.
PPP

* Trade unions agree to push for doubling of minimum wage:

Seventy-five trade union groups have voted to push for a doubling of the minimum wage to $120 for clothing and footwear workers at wage negotiations on Tuesday next week.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, said the $120 option received 19 votes. A proposal for a minimum wage of $95 received nine votes while another proposal for $142 got ten votes.

“The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia and the government will have to respect the joint voice of the  unions,” he said.

GMAC president Van Sou Ieng has said that “no place” will agree to such a wage increase. “We increase salaries based on inflation which is between 5 and 10 percent a year. The price of goods doesn’t increase by 100 percent,” he said.
to read.
CAMHERALD

* Millions for laid-off workers after strikes: official:

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Workers from the Yung Wah Industrial (Cambodia) factories block a road in Kandal province last week. Photograph: Vireak Mai/Phnom Penh Post

A provincial deputy governor claimed yesterday he had been given $6.5 million — supposedly borrowed from the national budget — to pay out about 7,000 stranded workers at the closed-down  Yung Wah garment factories in Kandal province’s Takhmao town.

“The money that we have to pay workers is about $6.5 million. We will pay some this evening and more tomorrow until they receive it all,” Kandal deputy governor Phai Bun Chhoeun said.
The two factories, which closed in late December, would be sold, along with the equipment and merchandise in them, Bun Chhoeun said.

“After that, we will work with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sue the employer to pay the rest back to us.”
Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia secretary-general Ken Loo, however, said that although workers could be owed as much as $4.5 million, he did not expect the company’s assets to sell for more than about $1 million.
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PPP

* Campaigners advise fashion brands to support wage rise:

Consumers and activists across Europe are mobilizing on the streets and on social media this week to ask major high street fashion brands to support a minimum wage increase for garment workers in Cambodia.

To bring the shocking reality of workers suffering from malnutrition and children left in poverty to the attention of major retailers, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) will collect petition signatures outside popular stores. The petition will ask brands to support a higher minimum wage for workers in their Cambodian production facilities.

The actions lead up to negotiations due to take place next week, when Cambodian trade unions will negotiate with government and industry officials in an attempt to raise the minimum wage.

Due to rapidly escalating living costs for workers in the Cambodian garment industry, unions say the current minimum wage of $61 per month simply isn’t enough. Over 90% of Cambodia’s garment workers are women, aged 18-35, many have children and families to provide for on very low wages, and many are now suffering from malnutrition and live in dire poverty.  read more.
Fibre2fashion

* Better Factories Cambodia Slammed by Stanford Researchers:

The International Labor Orga­niza­tion’s (ILO) Better Factories Cam­bodia program (BFC) must em­ploy more transparency in their monitoring of Cambodia’s factories in order to effectively bring change to the country’s work­ing and wage conditions, a report launched Monday says.

Funded in part by the U.S. government and U.N. Development Program, the ILO’s BFC program was launched in 2001 to monitor working conditions in the country’s garment factories, and publishes biannual “synthesis reports,” which track the labor compliance of factories operating in the industry.

According to “Monitoring in the Dark,” a new report by researchers from Stanford Law School, wages and basic job security have actually declined for Cambodian garment workers in the past dec­ade, and during the time the BFC has been in operation.

Wages in Cambodian apparel factories have fallen significantly in real terms over the past ten years, while garments workers in some other apparel-exporting countries in the region have seen their wages rise, including in China, In­donesia and Vietnam,” the report says, adding that none of these three countries have the equivalent ILO program in operation.  read more.
Cambodia_Daily_logo

* Still no summons for Chhouk Bandith:

One year ago yesterday, a man waded into a large-scale garment worker protest, pulled out a gun and fired at least three bullets into the crowd of thousands, shooting three women.

The shooting in the Svay Rieng special economic zone stunned the industry, rights groups and the government.
A year on, however, no hearings have been held and, in spite of recent forward motion, it remains very much in doubt whether the main suspect in the shooting — former Bavet city governor Chhouk Bandith — will be tried.

“We haven’t received a summons,” Bandith’s lawyer, Mao Samvutheary, said yesterday, adding that without such a summons she did not know whether Bandith would show. read more.
PPP

* Sun bears found in garment factory:

Two abandoned, overweight and rare Malayan sun bears were seized from — of all places — the closed-down Yung Wah garment factories in Kandal province last Thursday.

As more than 1,000 workers protested against the factories’ closure outside, a team from Wildlife Alliance entered the Yung Wah II factory, later emerging with two sun bears — a male and a female — that had been languishing in purpose-built cages behind the building.
Dean Lague, technical adviser for Wildlife Alliance’s rapid rescue team, said his team had been alerted to the presence of the sun bears after factory staff had gone to authorities.

“Having been fed only milk and rice [for a long time], they were chronically overweight, especially the adult male,” Lague said.
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About 7,000 workers were left stranded when the factory, in Takhmao town, closed without warning in December.
Workers have claimed the Singapore-based owners fled, owing them millions of dollars.  read more.
PPP

23:02:18 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Dhaka has examples of upholding int’l labour standards: EU envoy:

William Hanna, head of delegation of the European Union (EU) and ambassador, on Wednesday said Bangladesh has examples of maintaining international standards in labour rights and manufacturing quality products.

He was addressing a seminar on “Bangladesh-EU Partnership: Better Access of Bangladesh Fishery Products to Global Market” as a special guest at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city.
Citing an example of a fishery project, namely, ‘Best Project,’ he said, “The project is one of the best projects we have (in Bangladesh).”
He said the project accomplished many of its goals such as better food safety for both European and Bangladeshi buyers, improved quality compliance and guaranteed better price for fish and shrimp in the global market.  read more.
INDEPENDENT

* Ceased factory in Comilla EPZ pays worker’s arrear:

Oasis Hi-Tech Sportswear Ltd. has paid up all the arrear and dues to the worker’s including new employment generation of the ceased factory D&S Mode (BD) Ltd. in Comilla EPZ, which was shut down last 4 years. This creates a rare instant in the industrial history of Bangladesh.

Korean Company D&S Mode (BD) Ltd. was operating their sweater industry in Comilla EPZ since 2001 with 782 workforces. In 2008, some workers ruined factory building and machineries and due to that labour unrest the production system was hampered. As a result, the company management bound to shutdown the factory and they were unable to pay up workers wages and other benefits including the outstanding dues of BEPZA.

Hence therefore, Oasis Hi-Tech Sportswear Ltd. has been taken the company ownership with all liabilities from D&S Mode (BD) Ltd. As per agreement and BEPZA instruction 1989, under the supervision of BEPZA, Oasis Hi-Tech Sportswear Ltd. has paid up all the arrear and dues of the workers of D&S Mode (BD) Ltd. and General Manager of Comilla EPZ was physically present during the paid up session on 16-17 February, 2013.  read more.
newstodayBD

* Garment makers urge BB to ease conditions of inland bill purchase:

Garment makers yesterday urged the central bank to ease the conditions of inland bill purchase (IBP) by commercial banks to help exporters meet the immediate demand for cash in their business operations.

The commercial banks now show reluctance in accepting the IBPs after the Hall-Mark loan scam last year. The Hall-Mark Group embezzled Tk 2,686 crore from a branch of state-owned Sonali Bank through forged documents.
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* HC seeks Hall-Mark’s wealth info:

The High Court on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned of controversial Hall-Mark Group to submit its wealth statement before the court by April 20.

The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Mahmudul Hoque passed the order while hearing a rule over the legality of granting bail to Hall-Mark Group chairman Jasmine Islam by a lower court in 11 corruption cases.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the 11 cases against 27 top officials of Sonali Bank and the Hall-Mark Group on October 4 last year in connection with a loan scam. The HC on Wednesday also fixed April 20 for further hearing on the rule.
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daily star bd  UNB

       ASHULIA TAZREEN GARMENT FACTORY FIRE:

* Three Months After Tazreen Fire, Little Change:

Three months after at least 112 workers died in the Tazreen Fashion factory fire, dangerous and deadly working conditions are commonplace for the nearly 2 million Bangladeshi garment workers, who have little recourse than to take jobs that may kill them.

Despite international outrage and local promises to improve workplace safety, at least 37 fire and fire-related incidents have occurred in Bangladeshi garment factories since the Nov. 24 Tazreen tragedy, according to data compiled by Solidarity Center staff in Bangladesh. Nine more people have lost their lives at work and more than 650 garment workers have been injured. The Solidarity Center in the capital, Dhaka, has received reports that underage workers were injured at one factory fire incident.

February 20, World Day of Social Justice, highlights the necessity of promoting decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. Despite a global outcry about workplace safety following the Tazreen fire, where flames engulfed a multistory building lacking in fire escapes and exits, Bangladesh has averaged three fire incidents a week. Bangladeshi garment workers—extremely poor and vulnerable and primarily women—risk their lives every day on the job, often too fearful to complain about substandard conditions and possible dangers.
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SOLIDARITYCENTER

22:32:18 local time map of india INDIA

* Strike throws normal life out of gear:

The two-day nationwide strike called by the Central Trade Unions disrupted normal life in many States today and hit the banking and transport sectors leaving commuters in the lurch.

In Haryana, bus driver Narender Singh, who was also the Treasurer of AITUC, was killed when he tried to stop a bus which was being taken out from the Ambala Depot despite the strike, District President, Haryana Roadways Workers’ Union, Inder Singh Bhadana, said.
After the incident, other assembled workers resorted to violence damaging the vehicles belonging to the Ambala’s Deputy Commissioner of Police and SHO of Baldev police station area, police said.

Earlier, AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI that the victim was allegedly stabbed to death by some persons who wanted to take out buses from the depot despite the strike.   read more.
THEHINDUBUSINESS

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Hundred of trade union activists take out a rally as part of the general strike in Mysore on Wednesday. Photo: M.A.Sriramread more.
THEHINDU

* Two-day central trade unions strike may cost economy Rs 15,000-20,000 crore: Assocham:

While sharing some of their concerns like rising prices, Assocham on Tuesday appealed to the central trade unions to call off their two-day strike as the country’s economy will take a hit of big hit of Rs 15,000-20,000 crore from the nation-wide disruption in economic activity.

“The national economy, battling slowdown can ill-afford this situation. In fact, the strike would aggravate the price situation because of disruption in the supply line of essential commodities”, said Mr. Rajkumar Dhoot president, Assocham. Mr. Dhoot further said the strike would cripple mostly the services sector like banking, insurance and transport, besides the industrial production. Even the agriculture would be affected as the movement of vegetables, highly perishable items, would be disrupted.  read more.
ET

* 2nd day of nationwide strike: bank operations hit, 65 arrested for Noida violence:

The two-day strike called by trade unions across the country entered the second day on Thursday.

Normal banking operations were hit for the second day today as public sector bank employees continued their strike. It was, however, business as usual at private sector banks like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank. Employees of public sector insurance companies, including
LIC and New India Assurance, also participated in the strike.

At least 65 people have been arrested for vandalising factories in Noida Phase 2 and setting 25 vehicles on fire, media reports said on Thursday. According to reports, schools in Noida are going to remain closed due to the violence on Wednesday.
The police is on high-alert in Noida on the second day of the strike, according to reports.  read more. & read more.
hindustan  TOInew

* Unions claim first day of strike a success:

Trade unions on Wednesday declared that the first day of the two-day strike called by them was an “unprecedented success”. Two workers were killed in state action, the leaders said.

Eleven central trade unions, in addition to independent unions in various states, called the strike to press for their demands including raising the minimum wage, equal wages and benefits for contract and regular workers, abolishing contract labour, universal pension, raising the limit on provident fund contributions, increasing gratuity and better social security. The unions were also protesting price rise and inflation.

Unorganized, organized and contract workers in rural and urban areas had joined the strike, the unions said.  read more.
TOInew

* Response to strike overwhelming, say trade unions:

Central trade unions on Wednesday said that the first day of their nationwide strike in support of demands to contain inflation and employment generation had drawn “overwhelming response”.

All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said in New Delhi that the strike was “unprecedented”.

“All the central trade unions congratulate the working people of India for their overwhelming and magnificent response to the united call for two-day country wide strike, which commenced this morning,” Mr Dasgupta said. read more.
ndtv

* Millions strike in India over high prices:

Banks and public transport disrupted with at least two people reported dead amid protests across the country.

A strike by millions of low-skilled workers in India has seen banks close and public transport disrupted, amid reports of two deaths in the north.
An estimated 100 million Indians, angry about rising prices, low pay and poor working condition, walked off their jobs on Wednesday, on the first day of a two-day strike organised by eleven major trade unions.

The strikers are demanding a legal minimum wage, fairer contracts and improved working conditions.
“Workers are being totally ignored and this is reflected in the government’s anti-labour policies,” said Tapan Sen, general secretary of the umbrella Centre of Indian Trade Unions. read & see more.
aljazeera

* They made sure their demands were heard:

The Town Hall seemed to be the hub of protests on the first day of the all-India strike called by trade unions here Wednesday to protest against the price rise and anti-labour policies of the Union government.

The protestors were responding to the call by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions. Members from several labour organisations and trade unions, including Karnataka Workers’ Union, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, All India Trade Union Congress, All India United Trade Union Congress and Trade Union Coordination Committee participated in the demonstration.

Their main demands were measures to curb the spiralling prices of essential commodities, universalisation of the public distribution system (PDS), fixing Rs.10,000 a month as minimum wages and Rs. 3,000 as minimum pension from the provident fund scheme, abolition of contract labour system and strict implementation of labour laws.  read more.
THEHINDU

* Cabinet to discuss making central minimum wages mandatory in states:

The Cabinet on Thursday is likely to consider a proposal to make minimum wages notified by the Centre mandatory with some states offering lower wages in some sectors.

As labour is on the concurrent list – subjects which both the Centre and states can legislate – states are not bound to accept the minimum wages set by the central government. The proposal intends to make this statutory by amending the Minimum Wages Act after having received feedback from the states.

There is a large variation among states for wages offered to various types of unskilled labour. The central list sets out minimum wage for activities like agriculture, masonry, sweeping, construction and mining.  to read.

* More articles about the 2-day Strike:

You can find here:  Labourtstart.
LabourStart

MORE AND OTHER NEWS:

* Non-recognition of courses: Students of textile mgmt school on strike:

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Students of the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management staging a protest in front of their college in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday demanding that the management resolve the issue of AICTE approval for programmes offered by it. — K. Ananthan.

Students of the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles & Management (SVPISTM) in Coimbatore resorted to an indefinite strike from Monday over the non-recognition of courses by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is the statutory body that accredits post-graduate and graduate programmes.

This is the second time that the students have taken up an agitation over the issue following the earlier strike in December. Nearly 200 students are enrolled in the institute’s three Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programmes and an MBA programme offered in association with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The institute has been established by the Ministry of Textiles of the Union Government.  read more.
THEHINDUBUSINESS

* CCI closes case against textile machinery firm:

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has closed the case against city-based textile machinery major Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW) for the alleged abuse of its dominant market position for spinning machinery for textiles.

Bangalore-based Shahi Exports had filed a complaint with the CCI stating LMW had increased the price of the spinning machinery it had ordered using its dominant position. LMW held about 60% market share in when the dispute arose in FY11.
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TOInew

22:32:18 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* Large number of garment factories closed in Sri Lanka due to loss of GSP+ – Union:

Since the loss of European Union’s tariff concession Generalized System of Preference Plus (GSP+) to Sri Lanka over 180 garment factories have closed their doors to employees, a union leader has said.

Anton Marcus, convener and the General Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees’ Union (FTZ&GSEU) said that the loss of GSP + concessions has led to the recent closure of 186 garment factories.
He also pointed out that almost 217,000 workers have lost their jobs.

The trade union leader said that the island had 835 garment factories in 2000 and the number was reduced to 500 by 2004. The industry had employed million workers in 2000 but now it only employs 283,000.
However, the income from the garment industry had increased since less workers are working more to offset the decline.  read more.
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*  GSP+ removal woes continue:

The Sri Lankan General Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees’ Union (FTZ & GSEU), Anton Marcus, announced that the loss the European Union’s Generalised System of Preference Plus (GSP+) concessions to Sri Lanka has forced over 186 garment factories to close.

The trade union leader said that the number of factories had reduced from 835 to 500, resulting in the number of employees in the industry falling from 1 million to 283,000.
The European Union suspended the GSP+ tariff  in 2010, due to the Sri Lankan state’s failure to adhere with the fundamental human rights conventions that is expected of all recipients of the concession.  to read.
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22:02:18 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

     THE  KARACHI-BALDIA FIRE:

* Last rites: Court allows Baldia fire bodies to be buried:

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday finally allowed the burial of 18 unidentified bodies of the Baldia factory fire victims, but ordered the national forensic science laboratory’s project director to complete DNA matching process within 20 days.

Nearly 259 workers were burnt in the country’s worst industrial disaster, when a huge fire reduced the Ali Enterprises to ashes on September 11, 2012. Many bodies were charred beyond recognition.
As the repeated DNA tests failed to determine the identities of all the victims, the bereaved families went to court seeking permission for mass burial.

“Six months have passed, but the officials have failed to establish the identities of our loved ones despite the fact that DNA samples have been obtained at least thrice,” they told the judges on Wednesday. read more.
tribune

* SHC orders burial of 17 unidentifiable Baldia fire victims:

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday ordered authorities to make arrangements for burials of 17 unidentifiable victims of Baldia Town factory fire, awaiting DNA test in the morgue of Edhi center near Sohrab Goth.

Justice Maqbool Baqir heard the Baldia factory fire case. The court was told that it could take more time to complete the process of identification of 17 bodies.
On this, the court ordered that all the bodies should be buried in a sequence now.  Heirs of these bodies say that they were made to go from one place to another to identify their loved ones.
The order, however, would pave the way for provision of compensation to the families of victims.  read more.
thenation

MORE AND OTHER NEWS:

* PRGMEA concerned over blame on textile industry:

Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) said on Wednesday the whole textile industry was very disappointed over the reports accusing textile industry of fraud and misuse on the issue of sales tax zero-rating regime.

Chairman PRGMEA said, “The whole nation knows where the root cause of corruption in this country lies and this is not the way to handle sensitive matters”. Associations are made so that such issues can be resolved through the consultation process. Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) should have at least taken concerned associations on board before going to the media with these issues.  to read.
daily times PK

* Migration of textile industry to Bangladesh:

Minister for Textile Makhdoom Shahabuddin and top textile managers of the country believe that the prime reason behind migration of textile industry from Pakistan to Bangladesh is Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) signed with European Union (EU), United States and Bangladesh.

Talking to Daily Times on Wednesday, Mohammad Iqbal Badat, a Houston-based businessman said that the often-cited reason of energy crisis was important too but becomes less important when compared with signing PTAs.

In fact due to textile quota Bangladesh has become a rising global textile hub.
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daily times PK

* Corruption allegations irritate textile exporters:

The value-added textile sector has shown its sheer disappointment over accusing the entire textile sector for defrauding by government functionaries. The Central Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Sajid Saleem Minhas has said that the whole textile industry is very much disappointed for accusing the whole textile industry of fraud and misuse on the issue of sales tax zero-rating regime.

He said that the whole nation knows where the root cause of corruption in this country lies and this is not the way to handle sensitive matters. Associations are made so that such issues can be resolved through the consultation process. FBR should have, at least taken associations concerned on board before going to the media with these issues.  read more. & read more.
PAKOBSERVER  BUSINESSRECORDER

* Aptma for optimum revenue generation:

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association has said the Aptma is fully supportive to the revenue generation initiatives of the FBR but in a proper and fair manner. The harassment and threatening of registering FIRs under Section 37 (a) & (b) should be stopped to keep industry investment intact.

This was observed in a meeting of the Aptma management held on Wednesday to discuss in detail the campaign with respect to the SROs 283 & 1125 respectively against textile industry. The membership of Aptma mandated Gohar Ejaz, Group Leader Aptma, to represent the case before competent authority.
The meeting reviewed all aspects of the issue and came out with a very clear observation that the spinning industry is fully complied with the requisites of the above-mentioned two SROs regarding supplies made to the domestic market. Therefore, the harassment campaign, being launched in a section of press, needed to be stopped forthwith.  read more.
thenation

* KESC, Textile City sign 50MW power supply agreement:

Pakistan Textile City and Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) signed an agreement for 50 megawatts (MW) uninterrupted power supply.

Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig Chairman Pakistan Textile City said uninterrupted power supply was the main demand of the investors and considering the gas shortage in the country, the investors would have more confidence on uninterrupted power supply from KESC from their power station in the same vicinity Bin Qasim.

Baig said Pakistan Textile City would provide state of the art industrial infrastructure and environment protection compatible with the leading industrial zones in the world which in turn would provide support in helping the domestic textile industry to compete internationally, thereby enhancing Pakistan’s earning potential, employment opportunities (by creating over 80,000 job opportunities) and skill development at all levels.
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daily times PK  PAKOBSERVER  BUSINESSRECORDER  thenation thenewspk

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HEADLINES:

MONGOLIA
* Wool Threading Factory Opens

CHINA
* Tackling the labor shortages that threaten to unravel development in city garment trade
* Companies struggle to find, keep workers
* Young job seekers expect more than just wages
* Uniforms of 30 schools analyzed

THAILAND
* Industry confidence down on wage hike

CAMBODIA
* Unions set double wage as minimum target
* Trade unions agree to push for doubling of minimum wage
* Millions for laid-off workers after strikes: official
* Campaigners advise fashion brands to support wage rise
* Better Factories Cambodia Slammed by Stanford Researchers
* Still no summons for Chhouk Bandith
* Sun bears found in garment factory

BANGLA DESH
* Dhaka has examples of upholding int’l labour standards: EU envoy
* Ceased factory in Comilla EPZ pays worker’s arrear
* Garment makers urge BB to ease conditions of inland bill purchase
* HC seeks Hall-Mark’s wealth info
* ASHULIA TAZREEN GARMENT FACTORY FIRE:
* Three Months After Tazreen Fire, Little Change

INDIA
* Strike throws normal life out of gear
* Two-day central trade unions strike may cost economy Rs 15,000-20,000 crore: Assocham
* 2nd day of nationwide strike: bank operations hit, 65 arrested for Noida violence
* Unions claim first day of strike a success
* Response to strike overwhelming, say trade unions
* Millions strike in India over high prices
* They made sure their demands were heard
* Cabinet to discuss making central minimum wages mandatory in states
* More articles about the 2-day Strike
* MORE AND OTHER NEWS:
* Non-recognition of courses: Students of textile mgmt school on strike
* CCI closes case against textile machinery firm

SRI LANKA
* Large number of garment factories closed in Sri Lanka due to loss of GSP+ – Union
* GSP+ removal woes continue

PAKISTAN
* THE KARACHI-BALDIA FIRE:
* Last rites: Court allows Baldia fire bodies to be buried
* SHC orders burial of 17 unidentifiable Baldia fire victims
* MORE AND OTHER NEWS:
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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

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