in the news on-line, 8 August 2013

09:12:20 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* JFC on minimum wage increase: it will present more cons in the long run than pros:

The Joint Foreign Chamber of the Philippines (JFC) is not in favor of the “across-the-board wage increase” in Manila, in reference to the petitions for minimum wage hike in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In a statement on Tuesday, the JFC said that if a minimum wage increase at present would be granted, it would not yield to benefits, but instead would negatively affect the sectors in the long run.
“We believe that such measures will have unintended adverse consequences that in the long run can adversely affect the very sector that they wish to benefit,” the JFC said.

This is in reaction to the separate petition of the workers filed through the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) to have increases of P83 and P85 in the daily wages of Metro laborers.
The JFC said that they are not against minimum wage increase. But they are only concerned with wages being competitive but not to the point of losing jobs for the workers as investors tend to “avoid the Philippines in favor of other countries with lower labor costs” and that the local market is selling “more imported than locally made products.”
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* Foreign firms in PH reject new wage hike:

Foreign businesses in the Philippines are against a wage increase in Metro Manila, saying this would lead to closures among the ranks of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and would turn off investors.

Instead of a wage increase, the foreign investors prefer a two-tiered wage system where the minimum wage is set close to the regional poverty threshold, with the second tier serving as an additional compensation linked to productivity.
This sentiment was aired recently by the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) in a letter to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of the National Capital Region, which is looking into petitions from worker sectors for an across the board wage increase.
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* Joint Foreign Chambers: No To Wage Hikes:

Foreign businessmen in the Philippines have rejected petitions for across-the-board wage increases, saying this could discourage foreign investors from entering the country and result in layoffs. 

The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) made known its position in a letter to Alex V. Avila, chairman of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Pro-ductivity Board at the National Capital Region (NCR).
“We believe that petitions for an across-the-board wage increase in the NCR will have unintended adverse consequences that in the long run can adversely affect the very sector they wish to benefit,” part of the JFC’s letter read.
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* Foreign biz groups lying against wage hike – group:

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned today an organization of foreign businessmen in the country for opposing workers’ calls for a wage hike, saying the organization is using lies to argue for its position.

KMU said the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines’ letter to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region outlining its opposition to a wage hike makes it appear that labor cost is such a huge section of companies’ overall production costs.

“Because of various anti-worker policies that were implemented in the past decades, labor cost is just a small section of overall production cost. The JFCP, in refusing to recognize this truth, is lying,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.
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* Promise of negotiations ends strike:

More than 4,000 workers returned to work at a Kampong Cham-based footwear company after the company agreed to eventually negotiate with workers on demands the company had refused.

The employees at Chinese-owned Juhui Footwear Co, Ltd, walked out on Friday, with 18 demands of their employers.
Juhui officials agreed to 15 of them, but wouldn’t budge on a $3 raise to their monthly transportation payments, a $5 monthly healthcare allowance or paying attendance bonuses in proportion to how much work employees miss (rather than losing the entire bonus by missing a day).

“There are three more points that the factory did not agree, but we will get back to work because a factory representative promised the workers that in three months, they will discuss the workers’ remaining issues,” said Soung Liza, a worker representative.
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* ILO: ‘The end of cheap garments is near’:

The disaster at a clothing factory in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,000 people died, caused shock across the industry and the world.

Not least in Cambodia where about 80% of all exports are clothes. Factory owners have seen their businesses grow, thanks to a combination of low wages and a government keen on encouraging private enterprise.
Workers are now demanding higher wages, saying that strong growth in the economy means they should see some of those benefits trickle down to them.
Jill Tucker from UN agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Phnom Penh told the BBC’s Karishma Vaswani that salaries had not kept up with inflation in Cambodia.
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* Garment Workers Told to Come to Work, Not Fear Conflict:

The Ministry of Social Affairs on Tuesday told the country’s 600,000 garment workers not to believe rumors of war and to continue with work as usual in the wake of a national election that has seen disputed results and threats of instability.

“For the past few days, there have been rumors about chaos and plans for demonstrations which will lead to war causing all garment factory workers, manufacturers, unions and the public to be fearful,” Social Affairs Minister Ith Sam Heng said in a statement.
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* ILO Launches the 4th Garment Workers’ Labor Law Radio Competition:

The 4th annual Garment Workers’ Labor Law Radio Competition was launched on Tuesday by the International Labor Organization (ILO)’s Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) in collaboration with Radio Vayo FM 105.5 MHz to promote better understanding and knowledge of the labor law among workers.

The competition involves workers challenging one another in a live radio setting, testing their knowledge of the Cambodian labor law, said a BFC’s press release issued yesterday.
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07:42:20 local time map of myanmar BURMA/MYANMAR

* Minimum wage for Myanmar workers to be defined – Labour Minister:

Minister Htin Aung announced that the Ministry for Labour, Employment and Social Security will assign a minimum wage in accordance to work field and employment sectors.

The Minister was replying to the queries of Hpaan MP Nan Say Aur during a parliamentary meeting on August 5. The Minister then replied that minimum wage bill was issued on June 4 and requires the names of employers and representatives of labour organisation to form a National Committee, which will be tasked with informing the public. If there are objections, the minimum wage rate will be determined by the government through a decree.
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06:57:20 local time map of nepal NEPAL

 * Industries in Bara-Parsa corridor shut:

As many as 14 industries located in the Bara-Parsa industrial corridor have been shut down by workers from today following directive of Joint Trade Union Coordination Committee.

Hulas Steel and Agrani Aluminum belonging to Golchha Organisation, spinning and apparel industries of Triveni Group, Bishwokarma Cement, and Nooplast, among other industries of the corridor, which has a total of 300 industries including large and small scale ones, have been brought to a total halt due to the closure by the workers.

The agitating workers have been demanding for an increase in salary at all levels in proportion to the price hike of daily essentials. Earlier, the government had decided to fix the minimum salary of workers at Rs 8000 — Rs 1800 more compared to the previous year’s scale — applicable from this fiscal.

According to coordinator of the Federation of All Nepal Trade Union Bhojpura Min Prasad Apagain, “With the skyrocketing prices of daily essentials, the salary increase of just low-paid workers isn’t justifiable. The hike should be applicable to workers at all levels.” He further said, “The government has increased the salary of state officials at all levels, so there should not be any partiality against us.”
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* Workers’ Salary Hike Row:

Employees affiliated to the UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist scuffled on Tuesday after both the sides claimed the same name for the registration of their federations at the Department of Labour and Employment (DoLE), New Baneshwor.

Around a dozen individuals sustained injuries in the clash. The employees also vandalised the DoLE office, vehicles, computers and furniture, according to Krishna Hari Puskar, director general of the DoLE. “We are yet to ascertain the exact loss,” he said. The scuffle ensued after employees close to the UCPN (Maoist) claimed the registration of “National Employees Federation of Nepal”. However, the name was already taken by the employees close to the CPN-Maoist the same day.
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07:12:20 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* Children toil in sweatshops:

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The number of children working at different tailors’ shops in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital increases manifolds ahead of Eid. The children, some preteens, work only for tips and get no salaries in small businesses that have no fire safety measures. Photo: Firoz Ahmed

While apparel stores in the capital are doing a roaring trade before Eid, the workload for thousands of unpaid children in tailoring factories on the outskirts of the city has multiplied.

Eleven-year-old Jewel works 14 to 18 hours every day at a jeans tailoring factory at Kaliganj Bazar, Keraniganj.
Like him, many children, mostly aged between 10 and 18, work as apprentices at jeans factories in the area. Because they are apprentices, they do not get any salary. For Eid, however, they receive a small, one-off payment, which is decided by the tailors they work for.
When they finish toiling away at the sewing machines in the dead of night, they sleep in the dim, dank factories.
Jewel was brought here by his mother from his hometown Shariatpur two years ago. He had then no idea as to why he had been brought here or what was expected of him.
Another child worker, Md Bojlu, 16, said he had been living in the jeans factory since he had left his village in Bhola six months ago.
Although he does not get paid, Bojlu is glad to have the opportunity to work with a tailor. He hopes that with this experience, he will soon become a tailor himself.
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* Workers of 2 RMG units stage demo in Chittagong for wages, bonus:

Workers of two garment factories staged demonstration today in the city’s busy intersections for their wages and benefits causing severe traffic snarl on the last working day before Eid vacation.

Several hundred workers of Orchid Fashion of Agrabad Commercial Area took to the street in the Badamtali intersection of the commercial hub at around 12 noon.
They stayed on the busy Bahaddarhat-Patenga CDA Avenue demanding payment of their wages and Eid bonus. Thousands of vehicles on both sides of the avenue were stranded till 1.00 pm when the police and BGMEA leaders assured them of their dues.
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Sattar said the agitated workers had positioned themselves outside the factory building after the company paid a handful of the workers, leaving most in the 8,000 workforce upset.
The factory owner unleashed ‘hired musclemen’ on the workers during the demonstrations, the workers alleged.
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* BGMEA members ‘clear workers’ salary, allowances’:

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Wednesday claimed that its all member factories but seven have already paid the salary and allowances, including bonus, to their workers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The BGMEA assured that the problems over salary and allowances of the seven factories would be resolved by Wednesday as it continued its frantic efforts.
As of 4pm today (Wednesday), out of 3200 BGMEA member factories across the country, only four to seven garment factories face problems to provide salary and allowances to their workers, said BGMEA president Atiqul Islam at a press conference at BGMEA Bhaban in the capital.
Of the seven factories, four face problems as their workers demanded payment of salary for 10 days of the current month while the rest three over bonus complications, he said.
The trade body leaders will exchange Eid greetings and award Eid gifts to the victims of Rana Plaza collapse, undergoing treatment at CRP and Enam Medical Hospital at Savar on the outskirt of the capital on the Eid day.
The BGMEA delegation will meet 76 severely injured RMG workers, including 25 amputated persons at CRP around 11am and later they will meet victims undergoing treatment at Enam Medical.
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* Some garment factories have not paid wages, festival allowance:

A number of garment factories have not paid the workers the wages for the month July and festival allowance defying the government’s order.

The government fixed August 7 for the payment of the wages and festival allowance to the garment workers.
The workers of these factories did not get the dues to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association on Wednesday claimed that most of its member paid the dues including the Eid bonus.
‘Out of 942 apparel factories, 935 paid the wages and Eid bonus to the workers,’ BGMEA president Md Atiqul Islam told a news briefing at BGMEA office.
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 * BGMEA urges Jamaat to withdraw hartal:

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged Jamaat-e Islami to withdraw its 48-hours hartal for the safe return of readymade garment workers after the Eid vacation.

Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami has called a two-day hartal for August 13-14 to protest against the High Court verdict that declared its registration with the Election Commission as illegal.
“If the workers fail to join their work after the Eid holidays on time, it will hamper production and affect shipment,” association president Atiqul Islam said at a press conference at the BGMEA headquarters in the capital yesterday.
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* Accord delegation promotes implementation in Bangladesh:

IndustriALL has joined with UNI Global Union and representatives of the brand signatories of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh in a delegation to secure the support of employers, government and responsible authorities in Bangladesh for the Accord.

Between July 29 and August 1, the delegation conducted a series of meetings in Dhaka to explain in detail the content and aims of the Accord and to explore how it can complement and reinforce the tripartite national plan of action agreed between unions, employers and the government in Bangladesh.

In all meetings a high level of commitment was expressed to working together with the Accord. A consistent emphasis was put on the need to coordinate efforts in order to maximize impacts and avoid duplication of efforts.

A key meeting was with the Secretary of Labour who chairs the High-Level Tripartite Committee on the National Action Plan on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity, an important point of coordination between the Accord and the NAP.  The discussion focused on the need for both initiatives to apply a common standard of fire and building safety, based on current Bangladesh standards but also incorporating higher international standards.
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* Jute turns into farmers’ bane due to flood and drought in Kurigram:

Farmers are harvesting immature jute because of flood and erosion by the rivers and selling it lower prices than they expected

Jute growers in Kurigram are in great trouble as they are forced to harvest their produce earlier than usual this time because of flood and river erosion, while other farmers of the district going through the difficult to process their jute due to draught.

The farmers are harvesting their immature jute because of flood in the Brahmaputra-Tista-Dharala river basin and erosion by the rivers and selling it at prices much lower than they expected.
Besides, an uncertainly about timely retting of jute for scarcity of water in the local water bodies caused by lack of rain has gripped the cultivators of the golden fibre.
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* Dhaka waits for TICFA signing with Washington:

Dhaka wants to make the best use of the singing ceremony of the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement with Washington to bolster the country’s ties with the USA, officials said.

The foreign ministry officials are trying to complete the signing of the much-talked-about deal next month in Washington coinciding with prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New York to attend the UN general assembly session.
Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit America to take part in the UN general assembly in New York on September 23-27.
Commerce minister GM Kader said message has already been given to the US trade officials that Dhaka was ready to sign the deal any day, most preferably next month.
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* TICFA should be signed:

Speculation is rife regarding how much beneficiary Bangladesh will be by signing of Trade and Investment Cooperation forum agreement (TICFA ) with the United States in order to increase trade and investment.

Being a development partner of Bangladesh, United States have been pressuring Bangladesh sign this treaty for quite some time now. As a matter of fact they had repeatedly requested Bangladesh to sign the TIFA agreement, much prior to TICFA. Usually there are a lot of debates in favor or against any regional or bilateral agreement, and TICFA is no different. Therefore it is imperative to evaluate the pros and cons of the agreement before entering into such agreements. In the proposed TICFA proposal, there are 16 proposals and 7 sections.
Every agreement is based on certain geographic and political objectives. Apparently, an agreement might seem to promote trade and investment only, but eventually political consideration and military issues also emerge. The moment the foreign direct investment in Bangladesh starts to flow in, the issue of protecting its investments through its defense strategy had also arisen.
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* Activists identify DC Cop Who Infiltrated BD Sweatshop Protests:

Rumors have flown for many years that DC police routinely infiltrate and spy on the frequent protests in the nation’s Capitol. But until now, activists have never been able to identify a specific undercover cop at a protest.

Now, after months of piecing together evidence, attorneys Jeffrey Light and Sean Canavan working with United Students Against Sweatshop (USAS) have confirmed that under an assumed name, Metro police officer Nicole Rizzi has participated in USAS protests against companies doing business in Bangladesh who refuse to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh  following the death of as many as 1,129 workers in the Rana Plaza factory collapse.

USAS and its lawyers have numerous pieces of evidence placing Rizzi at protests under a pseudonym. District of Columbia Public Employee Information List records obtained by In These Times confirm that Rizzi has been on the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) force since December of 2003.
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* Rana plaza survivors want compensation, Eid bonus:

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The family members of victims and injured workers of Savar building collapse started a sit-in programme on ground zero of the Rana Plaza Wednesday morning to push their 4-point demands.

Their demand includes immediate compensation, paying their outstanding salaries and Eid bonuses before the Eid-ul-Fitr, permanent rehabilitation of the affected workers, publishing the DNA reports of the missing workers and settle their compensations and enlisting the missing persons as dead.
They threatened a hunger strike on the very day of the Eid if their demands were not met, family members of victims and surviving workers said.
They started the sit-in programme at about 8:00am with various banners, festoons and placards.
A police team led by additional police super of Dhaka Faruk Hossain rushed there at about 11 in the morning. The gatherers were using mike to chant slogans and their demands.
Police requested them to stop the announcement, as they had not sought permission.
An injured worker of Rana Plaza collapse, Yakub Ali, said, ‘The authority should immediately implement our demands.’
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* Survivors, families go on hunger strike on Eid day:

Several hundred survivors of Rana Plaza collapse and the families of the workers who were killed or still missing or unidentified in the incident will have no celebration in the Eid-ul-Fitr as they are still crying for compensation and rehabilitation.

On Wednesday also they staged demonstrations for the compensation and threatened that they would go on hunger strike on the
Eid-day if their demands were not met immediately.
Many workers, who are still suffering from trauma and injuries at hospital and houses, could not be
employed yet and they it became almost impossible for them to run their family.
‘I am yet to buy fine rice for the Eid-day, how can I buy a dress for my only kid,’ said Mohammad Khokon, a worker of
New Wave Style one of the five garment factories housed in the collapsed building.
Khokon said he was yet to get employed due to ill physical condition.
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06:42:20 local time map of india INDIA

* Child labour still persists: Shanta Sinha:

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Shanta Sinha has lamented that child labour continues to persist in society as children, both boys and girls, are a cheaper source of labour.

“When adults are employed, the costs go up 6 to 10 times compared to when children are employed,” she said. Dr. Shanta Sinha was delivering the special address at a seminar on ‘21{+s}{+t}Century – A new paradigm for career Women’ organised by the CII’s Indian Women Network in association with the Hyderabad chapter of ICSI here on Wednesday.

She said the maximum production of food, bricks or even silks and cotton came from children working in these areas. Speaking about women’s issues, she emphasised the need for women to display courage. Women will be able to find a solution only if they can resolve the conflicts that exist, she said.

Management and Market research consultant Rama Bijapurkar said networking played an important role in helping women. It was important to share experiences, learn and listen to others as it was an ongoing endeavour to try and understand their role in society.
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* Govt raises textiles export target to $43 bn for FY’14:

The government today said it has raised the textiles export target to USD 43 billion for the current fiscal, from USD 36 billion set earlier.

“In July 2013, the government has raised the annual export target of textiles from USD 36 billion to USD 43 billion following discussions with textiles export promotion councils against the backdrop of rupee depreciation and strong industry performance,” Minister of State for Textiles Panabaaka Lakshmi said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The US and Europe account for over 65 per cent of India’s total textiles exports.
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* Riding on strong weaves:

An Expert Committee constituted to formulate a new National Textiles Policy is likely to submit its report by October this year. 

The government constituted the committee in June to review the National Textiles Policy 2000 and formulate the National Textiles Policy 2013. The policy will give a direction to the sector as a whole and address the needs of the industry for 21st century trade operations. The panel is headed by National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) member secretary Ajay Shankar.

India’s export of textiles and clothing remained almost the same year-on-year at $7.79 billion in the April-June quarter this fiscal. In the first three months of the last fiscal, the exports stood at $7.76 billion.
During the first quarter of 2013-14, it increased to $7.79 billion, from $7.76 billion over the same period of the 2012-13. In 2012, the volatility in major markets including the U.S. and the EU severely affected India’s textiles and clothing exports.
The U.S. and Europe account for 65 per cent of the country’s total textiles exports. Exporters are also exploring new markets like Japan, Australia, Israel, Latin America, Africa, South East Asia and Middle East countries to reduce dependence on Western markets.
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* Mid-sized apparel makers are back with fund-raising plans:

After a brief lull, mid-sized are back to wooing () investors. While apparel makers that own popular brands such as W, Mineral Fashions and Chemistry are seeking fresh , Gini & Jony is looking to raise a second round of funding.

According to experts, the mid- and small-sized apparel makers, which are in dire need of expanding into a pan India presence, are knocking the doors of PE investors.

Saloni Nangia, president at retail consultancy Technopak, said, “There has been a slight slowdown in investments in the apparel space as there are limited brands / businesses, which have reached scale. As brands are slowly reaching the size and scale, and need more capital for expansion, they are coming into the consideration set for PE firms.”
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06:42:20 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* Deadly assault on protesters calls for military and corporate accountability – JDS:

Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the latest deadly and barbaric attack by Sri Lanka military on unarmed civilians and journalists as an extension of systematic crimes continuously committed against democratic protests by the armed forces led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

It also calls for accountability from Sri Lankan and international corporations whose market ventures poisoned the drinking water of Sri Lankan citizens.
On the first of August, armed forces in battle gear fired live bullets at men, women and children demanding clean water in the Gampaha district of western Sri Lanka. Demonstrators at Weliweriya were assaulted with hefty makeshift clubs and a variety of weapons. Official figures suggest that three teenagers were killed while it is feared that the death toll could be at least seven.

Several among the injured dozens admitted to hospital are in a critical condition. JDS has received reliable information that a majority of dead and injured have head and chest injuries caused by bullets and blunt weapons. Female and male journalists covering the protest on a major highway were intimidated and had their camera equipments and footage forcibly destroyed.

Thousands from the Gampaha district rallied to protest on the Colombo – Kandy highway after talks with senior government leaders and factory managers held on the 29th of July broke down. Villagers were urging the closure of factory owned by a blue chip company discharging toxic waste contaminating ground water.
The health of over 10,000 families have been affected due to the contamination of ground water by a Hayleys group subsidiary, Dipped Products PLC that produces rubber gloves and sells them to United States of America, the United Kingdom,  Australia and a large market in the European Union.
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* Sri Lankan government to pay compensation to families of dead and injured during protest :

The Sri Lankan government expressing condolences to the families of the dead and wounded residents of the Weliweriya area in Gampaha district during a protest last week said the government will compensate the families for their losses.

Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said in parliament today that the judiciary investigations are underway on the deaths and the clash during the protest staged by the residents demanding the government to provide them drinking water and close the factory that is allegedly responsible for the polluted ground water.
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* Factory alleged of contaminating water in Sri Lanka would be closed if found hazardous:

The Sri Lankan government says it would take measures to shut down the controversial glove making factory in Nedungamuwa, Weliweriya of Gampaha district if investigations found that the factory has released hazardous material to the environment.

The company, Sri Lanka’s top rubber glove maker and exporter, Dipped Products PLC of Hayleys Group that has been alleged of contaminating the ground water in the area.
Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna from the Gampaha District who participated in the negotiations with the villagers told parliament that the government would not hesitate to shut down the factory if it is found to have polluted the environment.
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* Defence Ministry involvement in Weliweriya water crisis uncalled for – UNP:

Since the Defence Ministry had been involved in quelling last week’s demonstration, in Weliweriya, against the contamination of ground water, it would be absurd for a Military Tribunal to inquire into the incident, which left three young persons dead and 60 injured, the UNP said yesterday.

Any inquiry, by the army, into last Thursday’s shooting, by its very own personnel, on unarmed persons who were only asking for clean water, would be a farce, Senior Vice President of the UNP Lakshman Kirialle told a news conference in Colombo. He said that the best course of action would be for a Bench comprising Supreme Court Judges to inquire into the killings.

It was nothing but daylight murder of innocent people engaged in a democratic protest against a factory that was emitting harmful substances into the ground, the MP pointed out while querying as to why the Police were not allowed to perform their civilian duties.
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06:12:20 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Prgmea urges government to appoint commerce minister:

The value-added textile sector has shown its sheer concern over the indifferent attitude by the government for not appointing Commerce Minister even after the government is near to complete its 100 days.

Acting Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (Prgmea) Irfan Ali said in a statement that it’s relay surprising that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has yet to name commerce minister or even decide the fate of textile ministry despite that fact that he is known as pro-business leader of PML-N and economic revival should be the first priority after law and order of any newly formed government but there is no commerce minister or textile minister has been appointed so far while the export sector particularly textile sector has been left to suffer and all the macro and micro issues of the trade and commerce are not being addressed.
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* JFC on minimum wage increase: it will present more cons in the long run than pros
* Foreign firms in PH reject new wage hike
* Joint Foreign Chambers: No To Wage Hikes
* Foreign biz groups lying against wage hike – group

* Promise of negotiations ends strike
* ILO: ‘The end of cheap garments is near
* Garment Workers Told to Come to Work, Not Fear Conflict
* ILO Launches the 4th Garment Workers’ Labor Law Radio Competition

* Minimum wage for Myanmar workers to be defined – Labour Minister

* Industries in Bara-Parsa corridor shut
* Workers’ Salary Hike Row

* Children toil in sweatshops
* Workers of 2 RMG units stage demo in Chittagong for wages, bonus
* Ashulia RMG factory vandalised
* BGMEA members ‘clear workers’ salary, allowances’
* Some garment factories have not paid wages, festival allowance
* BGMEA urges Jamaat to withdraw hartal
* Accord delegation promotes implementation in Bangladesh
* Jute turns into farmers’ bane due to flood and drought in Kurigram
* Dhaka waits for TICFA signing with Washington
* TICFA should be signed
* Activists identify DC Cop Who Infiltrated BD Sweatshop Protests
* Rana plaza survivors want compensation, Eid bonus
* Survivors, families go on hunger strike on Eid day

* Child labour still persists: Shanta Sinha
* Govt raises textiles export target to $43 bn for FY’14
* Riding on strong weaves
* Mid-sized apparel makers are back with fund-raising plans

* Deadly assault on protesters calls for military and corporate accountability – JDS
* Sri Lankan government to pay compensation to families of dead and injured during protest
* Factory alleged of contaminating water in Sri Lanka would be closed if found hazardous
* Defence Ministry involvement in Weliweriya water crisis uncalled for – UNP

* Prgmea urges government to appoint commerce minister

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