in the news on-line, 19 Nov. 2013

20:15:07 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* No violence main goal, SL exec says:

The director of the company that operates the embattled SL Garment factory suggested yesterday that he would comply with a government order to reinstate 19 union representatives and activists involved in a deadly months-long strike.

In an interview at the factory in Meanchey district, Joseph Kee Leung Lee, director of Singapore-based SL International Holdings, refused to directly say whether his company would accept back the 19 workers but said he supported the government’s intervention to end the dispute, which saw a bullet claim the life of a bystander during a clash between strikers and police last week.

“If they come back and that is the order of the government, I have no choice,” he said. “I support the government in stopping the strike and calming down everyone.”

Lee would not comment in detail on the 19 workers – members of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) – saying to do so while SL was trying to sue them would be “contempt of court”, but said it would be difficult for them to show up to work again.
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* SL Management Agrees to Reinstate 19 Fired Union Members:

A week after police opened fire on stone-throwing protesters from the SL Garment Factory, the company’s director said Monday he would follow an order from the Council of Ministers to reinstate 19 union activists previously fired by the firm.

Joseph Lee, SL’s director, said that the factory had no choice but to follow the government’s order, which was posted to the Ministry of Labor’s website on Friday and signed by Council of Ministers Undersecretary of State Khun Chin Ken.
“If it is an order from the government, we have to follow it. We have to obey the Cambodian law,” he said of the order.

“If they [the 19 union leaders] come back, I will treat them as workers. I don’t care about the other side,” Mr. Lee said, referring to the fired workers membership in the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (CCAWDU), which has organized three months of strikes and protests.
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* Union to Hold 5,000-Strong March During CNRP Protest:

The president of the worker’s union that has led a three-month strike at the SL Garment Factory in Phnom Penh said Monday he would lead a march of 5,000 workers through the city on December 10 when the opposition CNRP also plans to hold its next mass demonstration.

CNRP President Sam Rainsy said on Sunday that the opposition party plans to hold mass demonstrations throughout the country early next month to demand an investigation into the lethal use of live ammunition by police at a violent protest by SL Garment Factory workers last Tuesday.
CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua said that December 10—International Human Rights Day—had been selected as the date of the demonstrations.

Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers Democratic Union (CCAWDU), said that members from his union would also gather in Phnom Penh on Human Rights Day to march.
“We have a plan to march 5,000 workers. We are going to gather and march as we do every year,” he said.
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* CNRP to Protest in Solidarity With SL Workers:

Leaders of the opposition CNRP said Sunday that the party will hold demonstrations throughout the country on December 10 to demand an investigation into the use of live ammunition by police during a garment worker protest in Phnom Penh last week.

CNRP President Sam Rainsy said the demonstration would seek justice for the victims of the police violence at the SL Garment Factory protest on Tuesday, who included Eng Sokhom, a 49-year-old rice vendor who was shot dead nearby.
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21:15:07 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Indonesia Unions Announce Another Strike as Wage War Continues:

The head of Indonesia’s largest union organization has announced a new strike across several regions of the archipelago to pressure provincial governments into making greater concessions on minimum wage, a report by the state-run news agency said on Monday.

“The peak will be on Nov. 25-26,” head of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers (KSPI) Said Iqbal said as quoted by the state-run Antara news agency. “When all factories in industrial areas in Jakarta will stop production and thousands of workers will head to City Hall to force governor [Joko Widodo] to revise the minimum wage in Jakarta at around Rp 3 million [$258].”

In addition to next week’s scheduled strike, workers were planning on demonstrating in front of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) building on Monday.

The cost of labor in Indonesia is frequently cited as one of the factors that has driven foreign investment and enabled domestic companies to compete in the region, especially as China’s advantage in this regard has been ceded, to an extent, by approximately 15 percent aggregated wage hikes each year over the last decade.
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* Big minimum wage rises in Badung, Denpasar:

The regional administrations in two of Bali’s economic barometers – Denpasar and Badung – have decided to increase the 2014 minimum wage by 23 per cent and 14 per cent respectively starting in January.

The raises were higher than the usual annual increase of around 10 per cent.
The minimum wage in Badung, the province’s richest regency, will rise to Rp1.72 million (Bt4,600) from the current Rp1.4 million. Meanwhile, in the island’s capital city, it will go up to Rp1.56 million from Rp1.36 million in 2013.
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* BetterWork Indonesia Media Updates:

1. Indonesia Unions Announce Another Strike as Wage War Continues.
Read the full article here.
2. Bekasi City Minimum Wage Rp. 2.441.954, Depok Rp 2.397.000.
Read the full article here (Article is in Bahasa Indonesia).
3. Ahok: No Revisions on Minimum Wage. Read the full article here.
4. South Korean Garment Companies Requesting for No Wages Increment in 2014. Read the full article here (Article is in Bahasa Indonesia)
Read the Google Translate English Version here.

5. Yogya minimum wage to increase by 10%. Read the full article here.
6. Minimum Wage in Central Java will increase in average of 16.6% next year. Read the full article here
Read the Google Translate English Version here.

7. Court Orders Businesses to Pay Laborers Minimum Wage.
Read the full article here.

BetterWork Media Updates overview here.
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19:45:07 local time map of myanmar BURMA/MYANMAR

* EU to support sustainable garment production in Myanmar:

A programme aimed at promoting and supporting sustainable production of garments in Myanmar was launched at the first-ever meeting of the EU-Myanmar Task Force, held in Yangon.
The €2 million SMART Myanmar project aims to boost competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by building their capacity and increasing their skills and knowledge in partnership with local organizations, Myanmar Times reported.
The 3-year (2013-2015) SMEs for Environmental, Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency (SMART) program promotes and supports the sustainable production of garments “Made in Myanmar”.
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19:00:07 local time map of nepal NEPAL

* Export sector hit by disturbances due to bandh:

Exporters are worried that the Nepali export sector might witness another plunge as the ongoing protests have created uncertainty about product delivery and resulted in cancellation of purchase orders by international buyers.

“The recent bandh followed by a number of incidents have created a negative image of the country in the international market, which will definitely have a direct impact on the number of purchase orders and product delivery,” said president of Garment Association – Nepal Uday Raj Pandey.

He, however, added that the CA elections are temporary events that do not create a long-term impact but even a one-day strike has a negative effect on buyers.

“Due to the increased disturbances, garment exporters have observed a fall in purchase orders and cancellation of orders made for November,” Pandey said. However, he informed that the total loss due to order cancellation and decline in purchase orders is yet to be calculated.
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19:15:07 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* 50 hurt in workers-cops clash in Savar, Gazipur:

At least 50 people were injured as garment workers demonstrating for Tk 8,300 minimum wage clashed with law enforcers in Gazipur and Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, Monday.

In Savar, at least 30 garment workers were injured in a clash with policemen at Jamgora and Hemayetpurin the morning.
The authorities suspended production in 20 garment factories, including Rose Dresses Limited owned by BGMEA President Atikul Islam, after labour unrest erupted in the area.

Witnesses said 3,000-4,000 workers from 20 garment units, including Rose Dresses, took to the streets at about 9:00 am and staged demonstrations demanding their minimum wage be fixed at Tk8,300, instead of Tk5,300 finalised recently, though with the factory owners’ consent at last, by the government-appointed wage board.
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* 2 killed as RMG workers, cops clash in Gazipur- 140 factories shut:

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Two garment workers were killed and 50 were injured, four of bullet-hit, during a clash with police in Kashimpur of Gazipur this afternoon.

Badsha Mia, 32, dies of bullet injuries at Enam Medical College Hospital around 4:00pm, said Zahidur Rahman, public relation director at the hospital.
Ruma Akhtar, 22, died on the spot during the clash, reports our Gazipur correspondent.
Among the injured, four bullet-hit workers were shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as their condition was stated to be critical.
Sources said the clash ensued around 3:30pm when a factory official physically assaulted a female worker. The workers protested the incident and got into a clash with the factory officials.

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* Two RMG workers killed in clashes with police:

Two apparel workers, including a woman, were killed and over 250 others injured as the police opened fire to disperse workers who were staging violent protests against the assault on a fellow at a factory of GMS Composite Knitting Industry at Kashimpur in Gazipur, some 30km from the capital.

The deceased were identified as Ruma,22,from Rangpur and Badsha Mia,26, from Char Magadia in Faridpur.
Police denied responsibility for the shooting and killings.
Both Ruma and Badsha were taken to Enam Medical College Hospital at Savar where the attending doctor declared them dead at 4:00pm.
Public relations officer of the hospital Jahidul Islam confirmed the death of Badsha Mia who was hit by a bullet in the head and died before reaching the hospital. Six other workers with bullet wounds were shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
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The clashes broke out when around 10,000 workers were staging protests against the assault of a female worker by a production manager of the sewing section of the factory. The angry workers burned spent tyres on the road and vandalised different establishments turning the area into a virtual battlefield.
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The workers continued with protests pressing for Tk 8,000 as minimum monthly wage, while apparel factory owners, after a meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina on November 13, accepted the award of the Minimum Wage Board fixing Tk 5,300 as the minimum wage for apparel workers.
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* 140 factories closed in new wage protest:

Almost 140 Bangladeshi garment factories were shut on Monday as thousands of workers protesting at a new minimum wage clashed with police outside Dhaka, police and manufacturers said.

Protests at poor wages and working conditions have gained in intensity since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in April, which killed 1,135 people.
Police said violence erupted at Ashulia, home to Bangladesh’s biggest garment plants which make clothing for top Western retailers such as Walmart, at Konabari in the industrial district of Gazipur north of Dhaka and in other parts of Gazipur.

The trigger for the new protests was worker unhappiness at the new minimum wage the government has announced for the country’s four million garment workers.
Although the minimum monthly salary for entry-level workers has been raised by 76 percent to $68 as of December, unions have complained that skilled employees have been deprived, while some bosses cut food and transport allowances.

The new wages still leave Bangladeshi garment workers as some of the lowest paid in the sector worldwide.
“At least 10,000 workers demonstrated at Konabari. They threw rocks at the officers. We fired rubber bullets and tear gas,” Shamsur Rahman, a spokesman for the industrial police, told AFP.
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* 50 hurt in workers-cops clash in Savar, Gazipur:

At least 50 people were injured Monday as garment workers demonstrating for Tk 8,300 minimum wage clashed with law enforcers in Gazipur and Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, reports UNB.

In Savar, at least 30 garment workers were injured in a clash with policemen at Jamgora and Hemayetpur Monday morning.

The authorities suspended production in 20 garment factories, including Rose Dresses Limited owned by BGMEA President Atikul Islam, after labour unrest erupted in the area.

Witnesses said 3,000-4,000 workers from 20 garment units, including Rose Dresses, took to the streets at about 9:00 am and staged demonstrations demanding their minimum wage be fixed at Tk8,300, instead of Tk5,300 finalised recently, though with the factory owners’ consent at last, by the government-appointed wage board.
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* No respite from unrest:

More clashes in Ashulia, Savar garment hubs; two killed in clashes over beating of a worker

Two garment workers have been killed and at least 50 others were injured in a clash with police in Gazipur.

The dead were identified as Badsha Mia, 25, a pattern master and Ruma Akter, 22, a worker of GMS Composite Knitting Industries Ltd in Sardaganj of Kashimpur industrial belt.
The clash erupted after several thousand workers started demonstrating and vandalizing in and around the factory yesterday after a production manager had allegedly beaten up a female factory worker.
Meanwhile, labour unrest in RMG sector continues over the minimum wage as garment workers in the two key industrial belts of Ashulia and Savar yesterday took to the streets and clashed with police which left more than 50 people injured.

GAZIPUR
The injured workers of the Gazipur incident said a production manager of GPS Composite beat up a female worker of the sewing section prompting fellow workers to demonstrate inside the factory.
Besides, more than 10,000 workers started demonstrating outside the factory and turned violent when the authorities opened the gate of the factory.
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Ashulia and Savar
Six people, including a nine year old child named Jony, received bullet wounds and at least 46 others were injured as apparel workers clashed with the law enforcers in Ashulia and Savar demanding Tk 8,114 as the minimum wage instead of Tk 5,300 recommended by a garment workers’ wage board and accepted by almost all workers’ federations and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Of the injured, the condition of Babul, 28, a worker of AM Design Ltd, was stated to be in a critical condition and undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
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* RMG unrest continues in Ashulia, Gazipur:

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Unrest in garment factories continued workers were demonstrated in Ashulia and Gazipur demanding pay hike on Tuesday morning.

A number of garment factories were closed on Tuesday following the demonstration.
Witnesses said workers clashed with law enforcers in the Jamgara, Jirabo and Shinultali areas of Savar this morning.
The garment workers also staged sporadic demonstrations in the Konabari area in Gazipur around 8am.
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* RMG unrest continues, 50 units shut:

The labour unrest brewed in the industrial belt of Ashulia and Gazipur over salary hike continued for the 15th consecutive day today, forcing the authorities to shut at least 50 garment factories.

During today’s unrest, at least 10 workers received minor injuries as they clashed with law enforcers in Ashulia.
The workers have been demonstrating from November 5 for a minimum wage of Tk 8,114 instead of Tk 5,300.
Today’s turmoil also linked to the deaths of two RMG workers in Gazipur. The workers killed during a clash with police yesterday.
The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Rapid Action Battalion personnel, who were deployed in Ashulia and Gazipur yesterday, were seen patrolling along the highway to keep vehicular movement normal, as road blockade is a common phenomenon for the workers’ protest.
Of the closed factories, at least 20 situated in Ashulia industrial belt while 32 in Gazipur, reports our correspondents.

ASHULIA
Around 3,000 workers of different RMG units located at Jamgarah, Nishchintapur, Narasinghapur, Deron, Unique and Shimultola took to the streets around 9:00am.
The workers tried to put barricade at Jamgarah but were resisted by police, said Ashulia Industrial Police Director Mostafizur Rahman.
GAZIPUR
Nazrul Islam, an inspector of Gazipur industrial police, said a clash ensued between law enforcers and the workers when the latter brought out a procession at Konabari in Sadar upazila around 8:00am, protesting the deaths of two RMG workers during yesterday’s clash with cops.
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* Garment sector instability continues despite pay raise:

Worker dissatisfaction continues despite RMG factory owners finally agreeing to a higher minimum monthly salary of Tk 5,300.

The workers are continuing their violent demonstrations in demand of a monthly salary of Tk 8,000, mainly concentrated around the Gazipur and Ashulia areas.
However, field investigations reveal a that a group of trade union leaders are intentionally inciting workers to protest by spreading politically motivated rumours. 

Workers’ representative on the wage board, Sirajul Islam Rony said he received news of the murder of two workers in Savar whose bodies were at a local hospital, but when he went to inspect, he found the news to be fabricated.
There is also dissatisfaction over the new minimum wage as the new wage is unilateral for both skilled and unskilled workers. Moreover, the basic pay has also been reduced.

Sources said there are around 60 garment workers trade unions in the country, but only 10-15 unions are active. The rest do not have control over their members. Thus, their promises of ceasing further violence hold no value.
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* RMG factory owners plan to discuss price rise of products with buyers:

The country’s ready-made garment (RMG) makers are planning to start negotiations with international buyers on enhancement of the prices of apparel products. They feel the rise will help the industry implement the proposed new wage structure for the workers at factories, industry insiders said.

According to them, the buyers have expressed their willingness to raise the apparel product prices by 5.0 per cent from the existing level, following a 77 per cent pay hike proposed by the wage board.

“We have decided to sit with the buyers’ forum to explain the overall situation of the garment industry, including the proposed wage hike,” Md Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) told the FE.

All the buyers’ representatives will be invited in Dhaka this month to discuss the ongoing issues, he said, adding: “we will request them to convey the matter to their respective head offices so that they raise the product prices in line with the wage hike.”
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* The factors that can do wonders in RMG sector:

Human resource management (HRM) is generally ignored in our country. Most of the organisations have no separate HRM department for motivating employees psychologically, reviewing their performance, addressing the problems they face and conducting research on how to increase productivity.

The human resources are treated like machines of productivity. Still machines need overhauling, but in the case with human resources any psychological motivation of them is rarely considered.

Though a number of companies have separate HRM departments, those are run by a very few non-technical or non-professional people having no or limited skill and experience about HRM. They are simply deployed to keep essential administrational records on manpower in different units or sections. They have nothing to do with the technical assessment and initiatives intended to get the best output.

There is no doubt about the fact that the organisations that are paying minimum wages employ employees having the minimum skill level. Those organisations run traditionally even at the cost of workers’ interest. So, minimum wages mean minimum labour cost that depends on the minimum living standard of the particular group of workers.

The garment workers’ representatives claimed Tk 8,300 as the minimum wage while the government-formed wage board recommended Tk 5,300. Initially the apparel makers’ bodies-Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association-did not agree to accept Tk 5,300 as the minimum wages.
But with the intervention from the Prime Minister they agreed to accept it. But will that put an end to the unrest in the readymade garment (RMG) sector? Actually the RMG sector needs to be disciplined by ensuring proper HR management and compliance with corporate governance standards.
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* Minimum Wage 2013 Infographic:

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After the agreement of all authorized parties (Minimum Wage Board, BGMEA and the Worker Representatives), regardless of the clashes and unrest seen across the country and the demand of workers for a higher minimum wage and the operators for a proportionate increase to their wages, the minimum wage sails towards being a law from 1 December 2013.

With many stories and challenges circling around it, this wonderful info-graphic gives a nice glimpse into the dynamics of the decision that the workers will need to live with for years to come.
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* Investors oppose trade unionism in EPZs:

Labour law changes to trigger strikes, lockouts, they fear

Investors fear that certain provisions of the country’s labour law, if applied, may trigger strikes and lockouts in export processing zones (EPZs).

“We are of the view that it is not feasible to allow strikes and lockouts within the EPZs,” chairman of the Bangladesh EPZ Investors’ Association (BEPZIA) Kihak Sung said in a recent letter to the Prime Minister’s Office.
He said labour rules and regulations are critical to decision making by a foreign firm to invest in the EPZs in Bangladesh.

“The existing regulatory regime with respect to labour has been receiving positive response from investors in the EPZs. To make major changes in these rules without consultations may lead to a significant negative reaction to investment in EPZs,” Mr Sung said.
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* ILO on BD RMG crisis: Decent working conditions must:

Improving working conditions in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry is crucial for achieving sustainable growth in the country, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the report, Bangladesh experienced relatively high economic growth over the past two decades, mainly due to garment exports. The country accounted for 4.8 per cent of global apparel exports in 2011, compared with only 0.6 per cent in 1990.

But unregulated industry growth has contributed to poor working conditions in that sector, which have acted as an obstacle to sustainable development and, moreover, resulted in some of the worst industrial disasters on record.

For example, Bangladeshi garment sector workers earn some of the lowest wages in the region. As of August 2013, the monthly minimum wage for entry-level workers in the garment sector was US$39 per month – about half of the lowest rate in other major garment-exporting countries, such as Cambodia (US$80), India (US$71), Pakistan (US$79), Sri Lanka (US$73) and Viet Nam (US$78).
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* Europeans fault American safety effort in BD:

Tensions broke into the open on Monday involving two large groups of retailers — one overwhelmingly American, the other dominated by Europeans — that have formed to improve factory safety in Bangladesh.

An official from the European group voiced concern that the American retailers would piggyback at no cost on the efforts of the Europeans — which includes H&M, Carrefour and more than 100 other retailers — in financing safety upgrades at hundreds of factories.

The members of the European-led group, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, have made binding commitments to help pay for fire safety measures and building upgrades when shortcomings in safety are found in the more than 1,600 garment factories its members use in Bangladesh. While the American-dominated group, which has 26 members, including Walmart Stores, Target and Gap, has stopped short of making such a binding commitment, it has pledged to provide loans for the improvements.

Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, a labor rights group based in Washington that is a member of the Europe-led accord, said members had a “significant concern about a free-rider situation.”

Jeff R. Krilla, the president of the American-dominated group, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, said he was surprised by the criticism, noting that his alliance had agreed to make $100 million in low-cost loans available to Bangladesh factory owners to finance safety improvements.

In a sharp exchange in a telephone conference call on worker safety in Bangladesh that was organized by the Boston Global Forum, a nonprofit research organization, Mr. Krilla said his group’s members were making a significant financial commitment to improving safety, including a total of $50 million over five years in contributions by retailers in the alliance. The two groups, founded after the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed last April, killing more than 1,100 workers, are just beginning factory inspections. Despite the friction, they have been working closely together to develop joint inspection standards on fire and building safety.

Srinivas B. Reddy, director of the International Labor Organization’s office in Bangladesh, described a change in attitude among Bangladesh factory owners who have frequently been criticized by the United States and other countries for shunning safety concerns and suppressing labor unions.
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* Wal-Mart finds safety problems at Bdesh factories:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it has found safety problems at some of the RMG factories in Bangladesh with which it does business, and that most of those factories have since made improvements, reports Reuters.

The US retail group tested the safety of more than 200 garment factories, a company spokesman said in an email late on Sunday.  “Of these, 32 had failures in their initial inspections, but all but two have since addressed those issues.” Walmart has posted on its website the inspection reports of 75 factories, and will post the remainder as they are completed, the spokesman said.
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* BGMEA expects GSP restoration:

The optimism follows their meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Atiqul Islam said in Dhaka on Monday: “We’ve had a good meeting with her. We’re hopeful of getting good news about the GSP.”
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* 46 top exporters to get national award for FY11……….:

The government has nominated 46 export firms to award National Export Trophy for their outstanding performances in export earnings in 24 export-oriented sectors in the financial year 2010-11.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hand over the trophies to the firms at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital tomorrow, commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed told New Age on Monday.
The commerce ministry recently announced the names of the export houses nominated for the trophy through a gazette notification.
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Zaber & Zubair Fabrics Ltd has been selected as the best exporter of the country in the FY 2010-11.
The company will receive two gold trophies — one as the country’s best exporter and another as one of the top exporters in the home and specialised textile sector.
The export firms selected for gold trophy are Apparel Gallery, GMS Composite Knitting Industry Limited, Labib Dying Mills Limited, Noman Weaving Mills Limited, Zaber & Zubair Fabrics Ltd, Apex Foods Ltd, Popular Jute Exchange Ltd, Janata Jute Mills Ltd, Apex Tanneries Ltd, FB Footwear Ltd, Monsur General Trading Company, etc, etc.
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18:45:07 local time map of india INDIA

* Weavers to install 130 cameras for surveillance:

Ved Road industrial estate, which houses more than 4,000 powerloom units in 40 different industrial societies, may become the first industrial area in the Diamond City to have round the clock electronic surveillance.

Ved Road Art Silk Small Scale Co-operative Federation Limited (VASCOF) plans to install about 100 CCTV cameras and 30 high resolution cameras in the main and internal lanes of the industrial area.

For this, the office-bearers of VASCOF have joined hands with the city police under the ‘Surat Safe City’ project. Each weaver affiliated to the federation would make financial contribution towards the project.

VASCOF members said incidents of theft have increased in the industrial area. Some workers allegedly steal yarn which they sell it in the open market with each kilogram fetching them Rs 40. There have been incidents where the scrap material lying outside the units have also been stolen, they alleged.
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* Mahatma Gandhi’s prison ‘charkha’ sold for 110,000 pounds at UK auction:

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Mahatma Gandhi presented the charkha to Revd Floyd A Puffer for his work in Colonial India. (Gandhi Smriti)

Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘charkha’ which he used in Yerwada Jail during the ‘Quit India Movement’ was on Tuesday sold at an auction in the UK’ for a whopping 110,000 pounds, nearly double the expected price.

Gandhi’s last will was also sold for 20,000 pounds at a specialist sale of historical documents and artefacts by the Mullock’s Auction house in Shropshire.
“Gandhi’s charkha was sold for 110,000 pounds at the auction while his last will fetched 20,000 pounds,” Michael Morris, a Mullock’s official said.

The charkha (spinning wheel), with a minimum bid of 60,000 pounds, was used by Gandhi while he was in the prison in Pune and was later gifted to American Free Methodist missionary Revd Floyd A Puffer.
Puffer was a pioneer in Indian educational and industrial cooperatives. He invented a bamboo plow that was later adopted by Gandhi.
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* Labour activists demand inspection of factories:

Labour activists on Friday vowed to continue their struggle for the rights of the workers until the government fulfills the registration of factories and restore the procedure of labour inspection in the industries across the country as per the law.

At a protest rally taken out in solidarity with the workers killed in the Baldia factory fire, the activists under the umbrella Workers Rights Movement (WRM), also decided not to sit quiet until the contract system from the industrial sector is eliminated, which they termed as ‘a curse for the laborers’.

The rally began which began at Regal Chowk ended at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) was lead by Usman Baloch, Nasir Mansoor, Jafar Khan, Gul Rahman and others. A large numbers of laborers of different industrial zones, students, political workers, women and human rights associations participated in the protest.
The speakers urged the government to accept the due demands of the familes of Baldia factory fire which they have been making since the day the tragedy struck.
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They said the greed of capitalists to squeeze large profits and non-implementation of labour laws on industrial sector created this deadly incident of Ali Enterprises in which around 300 labourers were burnt alive.
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They said they have no basic right to form union at factories. According to them practically labour inspection is suspended at all the industries which is causing so many deaths of workers these days. They said the laborers are being treated as salves and they are being forced to work 12 to 14 hours in factories which is denial of the their basic rights.

They said majority of the workers have no other option but to work in inhuman environment and contract system has been imposed on them do deny their rights.

The speakers of the rally were of the view that the laborers are not being awarded the minimum wage of Rs8,000 per month which the government had set for unskilled workers. They lamented that majority of the workers have not been registered with Social Security Institute, Employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institute (EOBI) and with other organizations which were established to protect the rights of the workers. They said these workers have no right to get pension which they deserve if they are registered accordingly.
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They demanded restoration of labour inspection at all the factories and at all industrial zones besides practicing safety measures at industries to safeguards the lives of the workers.

They demanded eight hour working schedule for the labourers and also demanded appointment letters for all of them besides eliminating contract system from the industrial sector.
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* APTMA briefs NDU team about cotton production, energy crisis:

An interactive session on National Economic Security organised by All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) for the course participants of National Defence University (NDU) the other day at the Royal Palm Golf Country Club.

APTMA members made presentations on cotton production, energy crisis, international trade and interest rate regime in connection with the textile industry on the occasion.

Chairman APTMA Punjab, S M Tanveer welcomed the NDU delegation, comprising senior army and civil officials, and highlighted various initiatives on sustainability and compliance of the industry including energy and water conservation and setting up of Sustainable Production Centre.
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HEADLINES TODAY:

CAMBODIA
* No violence main goal, SL exec says
* SL Management Agrees to Reinstate 19 Fired Union Members
* Union to Hold 5,000-Strong March During CNRP Protest
* CNRP to Protest in Solidarity With SL Workers

INDONESIA
* Indonesia Unions Announce Another Strike as Wage War Continues
* Big minimum wage rises in Badung, Denpasar
* BetterWork Indonesia Media Updates

BURMA/MYANMAR
* EU to support sustainable garment production in Myanmar

NEPAL
* Export sector hit by disturbances due to bandh

BANGLADESH
* 50 hurt in workers-cops clash in Savar, Gazipur
* 2 killed as RMG workers, cops clash in Gazipur- 140 factories shut
* Two RMG workers killed in clashes with police
* 140 factories closed in new wage protest
* 50 hurt in workers-cops clash in Savar, Gazipur
* No respite from unrest
* RMG unrest continues in Ashulia, Gazipur
* RMG unrest continues, 50 units shut
* Garment sector instability continues despite pay raise
* RMG factory owners plan to discuss price rise of products with buyers
* The factors that can do wonders in RMG sector
* Minimum Wage 2013 Infographic
* Investors oppose trade unionism in EPZs
* ILO on BD RMG crisis: Decent working conditions must
* Europeans fault American safety effort in BD
* Wal-Mart finds safety problems at Bdesh factories
* BGMEA expects GSP restoration
* 46 top exporters to get national award for FY11……..

INDIA
* Weavers to install 130 cameras for surveillance
* Mahatma Gandhi’s prison ‘charkha’ sold for 110,000 pounds at UK auction

PAKISTAN
* Labour activists demand inspection of factories
* APTMA briefs NDU team about cotton production, energy crisis

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