In the news 25 Feb. 2014

20:17:53 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Overtime boycott under way:

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Garment workers march towards the Ministry of Labour in Phnom Penh during a demonstration late last year to demand the industry’s minimum wage be raised to $160. Photo by POST STAFF

A threatened overtime boycott began at many of Cambodia’s garment factories yesterday – but not everyone could afford to walk off the job at her shift’s scheduled end.

At 4pm, thousands of workers poured out of their factories as part of their ongoing calls for a $160 monthly minimum wage and the release of 21 men arrested during a strike last month, said Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers.

“Workers almost everywhere – in every province – left without doing overtime,” he stated.
Sina said last night that workers from more than 200 factories had walked off the job. At 60 of those factories, he added, every worker had taken part in the strike.

Sean Sophal, a worker representative from SL Garment in Phnom Penh, said employees had decided to boycott overtime for the rest of the week.

“We decided not to work overtime from today until Friday in order to demand higher wages and to urge relevant institutions to find a resolution to our demands,” she said.
But not everyone could forgo the extra pay that overtime adds to their meagre salaries.

Bouy Srey Mom, a worker at Siu Quinh Garment in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, said she needed to keep working to support her family.
“I can get $1 per hour [for overtime], and I only do two hours per day,” she said.
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* Garment Workers Begin Boycott of Overtime:

Labor unions and garment factory owners gave opposing reports of the scale of an overtime boycott that began Monday as the first phase of a nationwide labor strike planned for next month.

Union leaders estimated that workers refused to work overtime at between 100 and 200 factories, while the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said that “very, very few” of the country’s more than 400 factories were affected by the industrial action.

“Most factories are working at normal overtime,” said Ken Loo, secretary-general of GMAC. “Only certain factories where these unions have majority of members [are affected]. There are some small pockets here and there.”
“But most factories are not affected,” Mr. Loo added. “This goes to prove what we have said all along, that a minority of workers want to strike and the majority want to work.”

However, Ath Thorn, head of the country’s largest independent union, said that about 25 percent of the country’s exporting garment factories saw workers walk out after eight hours on the job.
“We can estimate that [workers at] about 100 factories boycotted working overtime,” Mr. Thorn said, adding that workers walked out of factories along National Roads 1, 4, 5, 6 and on Veng Sreng Street, where five protesting garment workers were shot dead by military police on January 3.
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* Hun Sen lifts protest ban:

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday called on the authorities to lift their bans on public rallies to grant equal rights to citizens.

Speaking at inauguration ceremony of a coal power plant in Sihanouk province, he said the city and provincial authorities have to allow the citizens to exercise their rights to stage  rallies and protests.

There are currently two kinds of protest movements, the ones staged by opposition supporters and the other ones held by the government supporters, said the Premier.
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* Number of Cambodian women university graduates remains low: minister:

The number of women graduated from institutions of higher education remained low in Cambodia due to absorption of garment workforce and poor living conditions, Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi said Monday.

“Last year, only one female student, or 0.09 percent, graduated with a doctorate degree, 469 women, or 24 percent, completed the master degree, and 687 women attended the bachelor degree study in universities,” she said at an annual women’s conference, which was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
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19:17:53 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* A Look into the Journey of Garment Worker Rights in Bangladesh 2013-14:

The first anniversary of Rana Plaza, the greatest catastrophe that faced any factory worker in the history of mankind, is just around the corner. As 24th April approach, we look back at a year when the Multi-Billion dollar international fashion industry came face to face with with the hellish sight of its devastated workers.

Rana Plaza was the biggest factory disaster that ever hit Bangladesh, but in no way was it the first. According to some reports [1], since 2005 there have been a total of 1728 deaths within Bangladeshi textile factories which work for brands that fill western high streets. This figure reflects the catastrophes since Spectrum through Tazreen till Rana Plaza, however does not include the fires like that of Tung Hai and Aswad later on.

Since these tragedies, improvements have been promised by the BGMEA, government and buyers. New building codes, better inspection facilities, new amendments to the labor law, a new minimum wage, compensation promises, and an accord from Europe came along with an alliance from USA to save our battered blue collared souls.

This article is an attempt to look into the recent events in Bangladesh’s most important and labor intensive sector – the garment sector, as it can be seen from within Bangladesh and through Bangladeshi eyes.

The Tazreen Tragedy
Tazreen Fashion was one of the biggest national disasters of its time in Bangladesh. The cries of its victims spread across borders and into the outlets of its buyers in the western world. The need for justice, both in terms of compensation, better safety standards and punishment to the factory owner Delwar Hossain have been voiced across Bangladesh and across the globe. The recent and long awaited charge-sheet and subsequent arrest of Mr. Delwar Hossain started a much awaited longing of people around the world to witness justice being served and an example being set.
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Rana Plaza – A long wait for justice
With at least 1135 deaths, and around 2000 injured victims – many of whom maimed forever, creating several hundreds of orphans, Rana Plaza exposed the fragile state of work place safety and working environment in Bangladesh. Even though the epic tragedy struck millions of hearts across the globe, relief keeps coming too little too slow. The world stood shocked, while their fashion brands shuffled for the best strategy to tackle the “crisis”. Primark led the way with cash relief to victims amounting to a sum of 45000BDT till date (3 equal installments using the mobile banking method “bKash”), other brands are still waiting in promises while many prefer to live in ignorance.
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The Minimum Wage 2013
There were two new minimum wages announced recently, both of which affected the garment export industry in Bangladesh. One was announced for the ready-made garment factories operating under the guidelines of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), and another for factories operating under the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Association (BEPZA). Wages in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) are not set via a Minimum Wage Board. Wages in EPZs are determined by the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and are currently slightly higher than the non-EPZ minimum wages. Factories in the EPZ area account for only 5% of garment exports are produced in EPZ areas [3].
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* Meet Reba, an 18-Year-Old Survivor of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse:

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This is 18-year-old Reba Sikder in the jacket that my 12-year old grew out of two years ago.

Thanks to the successive snow storms that hit Washington, D.C., we were lucky to have Reba stay with us for almost a week. We had the joy of introducing her to snow and sledding and hot chocolate. And now, unlike the snow that finally melted, we miss having Reba with us.

Actually, we missed Reba the moment she was gone. Reba was here with one of International Labor Rights Forum’s longtime partners and one of my kids’ favorite house guests, Kalpona Akter, the head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

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The two were in the United States on a worker tour organized by United Students Against Sweatshops to call on companies that make collegiate apparel to join the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
|After the horrendous garment-industry tragedies in Bangladesh last year, the accord represents a structural advance in corporate accountability: over 150 signatory companies have made a binding commitment to a safety program that ensures workers have the right to refuse dangerous work and gives trade unions a meaningful role in the governance and implementation of the initiative.
“They can’t treat us like this. We’re human beings.”
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* Retailers may water down factory inspection standards:

Jyrki Raina of IndustriALL says there will be no compromise on worker safety

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a platform of 150 clothing retailers and brands, mostly European, will be flexible in inspections in some cases, as garment makers are saying the standards are too strict, said a top official of IndustriALL Global Union.

Jyrki Raina, general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of global trade unions, said garment makers opposed some clauses of the standards on the onset of inspection as those are expensive and difficult to follow.
Engineers hired by the Accord began factory inspections last week and will complete initial inspections of 1,600 factories by the end of September. After the Tazreen Fashions fire and Rana Plaza building collapse, IndustriALL initiated the Accord that has so far been signed by 150 retailers and brands.

“We will be flexible in inspections, as garment makers have been complaining about some of the clauses, especially setting up the sprinkler system in the factories. We will allow more time in inspection, but we will never compromise on the safety of the workers,” Raina said in an interview with The Daily Star in Dhaka on Saturday.
The standards have been set in line with the National Action Plan (NAP), Bangladesh’s factory inspection code, but without consulting the government, he said.
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* 42.2% say standards good but tough to implement:

Around 42.2 per cent of participants of an exposition expressed their opinion that the safety standards for the apparel sector are good but tough to implement while 35.5 per cent said that the standards are good and they should be implemented now and 11 per cent opined that these are too stringent.

The organisers of the international trade expo for building and fire safety conducted a survey on the 467 participants of the fair while 64 per cent are from factory representatives, 18.1 per cent from brands, 4.7 per cent are consultancies and 2.8 per cent from NGOs and unions.

The survey also suggested three remedies including intensifying external monitoring and providing adequate training both for workers and the management.

The participants have also identified untrained management and supervisors, indifferent attitude of the management and untrained workers to be three top challenges for the country’s readymade garment (RMG) sector.
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* Expo on building and fire safety:

A two-day expo showcasing building and fire safety products as also services under one roof in the city concluded on Monday.

The expo comes on the heel of the inspection of the state of readymade garments units and their safety measures now underway. One can discern that the retailers of apparels from Bangladesh mean business.
Their message is loud and clear. Through this fair they surely will be able to draw attention to the twin purposes of holding it right in the Bangladesh capital. They want to make all familiar with the products that can minimise the risk of fire in garments factories and at the same time reduce vulnerability of such buildings.
Sure enough, companies participating in the expo have on their mind business promotion.

But the foreign buyers have let it understand that despite the fire tragedies, building collapse and political turmoil, they are not willing to abandon Bangladesh as a source of their apparels. And the indication and willingness should not be misread by the local apparel manufacturers.
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* Expo on Fire Safety concludes:

A total of 52 stalls displayed products aimed at making RMG factory owners aware about the latest fire, building and electrical safety equipments

International Trade Expo on Building and Fire Safety concluded yesterday in the city with a positive note as a huge number of apparel makers thronged the fair on the last day to learn more about the latest fire safety technologies and their usages.

The two-day show was organised by C&A Foundation in association with BGMEA, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Alliance and Accord for Bangladesh Workers’ Safety and International Finance Corporation.

A total of 52 stalls displayed products including fire and electrical safety  at the show, first of its kind in the country, aimed at making RMG factory owners aware about the latest fire, building and electrical safety equipments.

“After visiting the expo, a large number of factory owners have shown their keen interest to install the latest fire safety equipments at their factories,” Md. Khausarul Hakim, Managing Director of Bangladesh Techno Rise Limited, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
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* Factory safety expo piques garment makers’ interests:

Full of passion and hand gestures, Mastaeem Billah Chowdhury was articulating the merits of the fire extinguishing system that his company is displaying at the International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety at Sonargaon Hotel.

“This is the most efficient and reliable solution out there,” said the UK-educated electrical engineer to the handful of visitors at his stall.
Chowdhury, who is the managing director of Re-Green Bangla Industries, assured the visitors, most of whom were garment factory owners, that the system would ensure continuity of operation after fire incidents.
The reason for the animated sales pitch was the good response from visitors at the two-day expo, jointly organised by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
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* Technological problem in garments sector:

The garments sector has been playing a significant role in our economic development for long.

But it is a matter of concern that this sector is in jeopardy due to poor technologies and bad management. Bangladesh is expected to raise garment export to $30 billion by 2015 and $50 billion by 2021.
According to analysts, the entrepreneurs wanted to earn more profit without improving workers’ productivity and upgrading technology. The garment sector is passing through a transitional period. It needs enough incentives from government. The industry should be restructured.
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* BD still has few more steps to regain GSP:

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Atul Keshap said Bangladesh still needs to fulfill few more steps to regain the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility in the US market, suspended last year.

“We will continue to maintain a robust engagement with Bangladesh, and we are looking forward to have few more things done to regain GSP,” he said replying to a question at a press meet at The American Center.

Atul Keshap arrived in the capital Saturday on a four-day official visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues. He is scheduled to leave today (Tuesday).
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* Shifting tannery industries to Savar immediately:

The tanneries in Hazaribagh pollute the air of Dhaka city. As these are located on the bank of the Buriganga, the river has been the disposal point of all liquid effluents since the beginning of the operation of these industries. Tanneries  produce both liquid and solid wastes.

According to sources, the tannery units release around 21,000 cubic metres of untreated toxic wastes everyday. That is why the water of the river has turned black. The river water is now totally unhealthy for the survival of the aquatic population. During the rainy season when the river overflows the bank, the polluted water contaminates the surrounding agricultural lands.
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* Tanners pledge to start relocation by March:

25 firms to be the first to build factories in Savar

Tannery owners are set to start relocating hazardous factories from Hazaribagh in Dhaka to Savar by the end of March.

“At least 25 companies will be the first to begin constructing factories in Savar,” said M Abu Taher, chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters’ Association.
Tanners have decided to start the relocation taking the environmental issues into consideration and hoping to boost exports, he told The Daily Star by phone yesterday.
Taher made the commitment after a meeting with the industries and environment ministers at the industries ministry.
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           THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE

* Time for clothing brands to pay up! :

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Today, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) alongside workers and trade unions in Bangladesh and around the world launch a major campaign calling on all clothing brands who source from Bangladesh to immediately pay into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, which is collecting voluntary donations on behalf of the Rana Plaza Arrangement, and is overseen by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The Pay Up! campaign comes just two months before the first anniversary of the catastrophic collapse of Rana Plaza, which killed 1,138 people and injured over 2,000 more. The campaign aims to ensure that come April 24th the survivors and victims families are not still waiting for compensation.

Clean Clothes Campaign is calling on major international brands Benetton, KiK and Children’s Place, who all had orders at one of the five factories in Rana Plaza at the time of the collapse or in the recent past, to make significant contributions in order to ensure payments can begin.

US$40 million is required to ensure all those injured and the families of those killed are fairly compensated for loss of income and medical expenses. The fund is open to all companies, donors and individuals who wish to express their solidarity and compassion.

To date clothing brands El Corte Ingles, Mascot, Mango, Inditex and Loblaw have all publicly committed to the Donor Trust Fund.
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* Fund for Rana plaza victims demanded:

Campaigners are urging all 27 clothing brands linked to a collapsed Bangladeshi factory that killed more than 1,100 people to pay into a compensation fund by the anniversary of the disaster in April.

The disaster has galvanized most of the clothing industry’s big names to work together to improve safety standards but many brands have shunned a fund that is trying to raise $40 million for families of the dead and over 2,000 injured.
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), an Amsterdam-based group lobbying for better conditions in the garment industry, on Monday demanded that all 27 brands linked to factories in the Rana Plaza complex should contribute by the first anniversary of the collapse.
Discount fashion retailer Primark, owned by Associated British Foods, and Canadian grocer Loblaw have already paid short-term support to Rana Plaza workers, but have expressed frustration at slow progress in setting up a fund. The CCC said the only brands to have committed to pay into the fund so far are Loblaw, Mascot of Denmark and Spanish chains El Corte Ingles, Mango and Zara-owner Inditex, According to Reuters.
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* Firms urged to pay into fund for Bangladesh factory victims:

Campaigners are urging all 27 clothing brands linked to a collapsed Bangladeshi factory that killed more than 1,100 people to pay into a compensation fund by the anniversary of the disaster in April.

The disaster has galvanised most of the clothing industry’s big names to work together to improve safety standards but many brands have shunned a fund that is trying to raise $40 million for families of the dead and over 2,000 injured.

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), an Amsterdam-based group lobbying for better conditions in the garment industry, on Monday demanded that all 27 brands linked to factories in the Rana Plaza complex should contribute by the first anniversary of the collapse.

“Compensation efforts to date have been completely haphazard, unequal, unpredictable and non-transparent, and have left large groups of victims with nothing,” Ineke Zeldenrust of the CCC said in a statement.
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* First Companies Give to Fund for Victims of Bangladeshi Factory Collapse:

Five global clothing brands and retailers on Sunday became the first contributors to a new fund raising $40 million for victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, and activists are campaigning to pressure other brands to also make donations.

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building on April 24, killing more than 1,100 workers, was the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry. It focused global attention on the unsafe working conditions in some Bangladeshi factories, the rock-bottom wages earned by workers, and the lack of accountability and oversight in the supply chains for many global brands.

Compensating the victims has been an especially complicated issue, involving months of negotiations among clothing companies, labor groups, Bangladesh’s government and Bangladeshi factory owners. Those negotiations produced the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, which on Sunday night reported the names of the first five companies to contribute: El Corte Inglés; Inditex, which includes the brand Zara; Loblaw; Mango; and Mascot.

On Monday, labor groups in Bangladesh are expected to hold public events to draw attention to the hardships faced by Rana Plaza victims with the anniversary of the accident two months away.
Ineke Zeldenrust, the international coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign, a European anti-sweatshop group, said labor groups were also pushing for companies like Walmart, Children’s Place and Benetton — which have been linked to Rana Plaza — to make contributions so that payments can begin as soon as possible.
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* IndustriALL to press global brands for funding Rana Plaza victims:

The IndustriALL Global Union will launch a special campaign to put pressure for funds on the global brands that sourced garment products from factories at collapsed Rana Plaza.
The fund will be used for compensating the victims and their families, a top executive of the rights group said.

The IndustriALL is initiating the public campaign as more than 15 brands are yet to join an agreed fund. The fund emerged following an agreement signed earlier by the IndustriALL Global Union, the Clean Clothes Campaign, Bangladesh’s unions, the government and Bangladeshi manufacturers and employers’ association for the Rana Plaza victims, he said.

“We understood that we have to go for public campaign to put pressure on brands. We are going for public campaigning as people are suffering,” Jyrki Raina, general secretary of the IndustriALL Global Union told the FE in an interview during his visit to Dhaka.

The $40 million fund has been set up on the basis of the internationally-recognised principles for compensation. It takes into account pain and suffering and loss of income for families of the dead and injured workers, he said. Only four brands have confirmed their contribution to the initiative, he informed.

“Now we are struggling for the next phase. The leading brands have been asked how much they will contribute to the fund but still they are yet to confirm,” he said. He sought all-out support to this initiative for their strong influence over these image-conscious clothing  companies through public campaigning like writing on their websites and facebook pages.
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* Correct list of Rana Plaza victims demanded:

Survivors of Rana Plaza collapse as well as relatives of missing and dead workers on Monday demanded the government publish the correct list of the victims to ensure proper compensation.

They brought out a procession and staged a rally in front of the collapse site at Savar to mark the passing of 10 months after the collapse and raised the demand.
They claimed that so far no concrete step has been taken by the government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for the proper compensation of the deaths and injuries.

They also claimed that the foreign buyers are also showing apathy to the cause of the dead and the injured workers and their relatives.
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* Declare missing Rana Plaza workers dead:

Demand relatives of victims

The victims of the Rana Plaza collapse yesterday demanded that the government declare the missing workers as dead so that their families could be entitled to compensations.

The demand came from a human chain formed at the site of the nine-storey building in Savar, outside the capital. Over a hundred workers and relatives of the deceased and missing victims joined the demonstration, blocking the Dhaka-Aricha highway for half an hour.
The protesters also submitted a memorandum to Savar Upazila Parishad, citing their demands.
The programme was organised by “Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity”.
Separately, labour rights organisation Sramik Nirapatta Forum (SNF) demanded creation of a unified national scale of compensation and compensating of the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse and the Tazreen Fashions fire accordingly.
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* Rana Plaza victims urge to publish complete list of dead and missing:

They also warned that they would go for tough movement if their demands were not met

Relatives of those who died or were injured in the Rana Plaza collapse gathered in front of the tragic site yesterday, demanding their compensations and urged the government to publish the complete list of dead and missing workers as soon as possible.

They also warned that they would go for tough movement if their demands were not met.
Over 200 workers and relatives of the victims demonstrated at the site under the banner of Bangladesh Garments Workers Solidarity.

Many workers complained that though 10 months had passed, they did not get any compensation yet.
Lovely, a victim, said: “Every month we come here but the government is yet to give us any compensation.”
When asked, many survivors said they lost everything and they would demonstrate till they get their actual compensation.

“We did not want to work on that day. We only worked as the owners forced us. Some of us lost their limbs; some have lost capability to work again. So, the government should assume our responsibility,” Arzina, a survivor, told the Dhaka Tribune.
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18:47:53 local time map of india INDIA

* The task of protecting India’s child cotton pickers:

Rada estimates she is 11 years old, but she can’t be certain. She says she has been working in the Indian cotton fields for three years.

“My parents stopped me going to school because they needed me in the fields,” she says.
“I picked the male flowers and rubbed them on the female flowers. I also had to weed the fields.
“First of all they sent me to other farms to work. I earned 120 rupees a day. Next year I am going to work on my parents’ field.”
Rada, who comes from Andhra Pradesh in south-eastern India, goes to school at the moment but many other children do not.
It is estimated more than 400,000 children under the age of 18 work on cotton farms across India.
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18:17:53 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Textile sustains slowdown in Chinese appetite:

Pakistan’s textile exports sustained the slowdown in Chinese appetite for yarn and fabric in January with its value-added sector making up greatly the slack in China with increasing exports to European Union on the back of the GSP Plus status.

“Even fabric exports – basic textile – registered an increase of 3.7 percent from $203.29 million in January 2013 to $210.81 million in January 2014,” said SM Tanveer, chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Punjab.

It is worth noting that China is the major buyer of Pakistani yarn and fabric, he said, adding the exports of both yarn and fabric to China had fallen sharply. Pakistan exports low value-added fabric to China that transforms the product into higher value-added form.
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* Leather manufacturing exports post 11.61% growth in seven months:

Leather manufacturers exports from the country during first seven months of current financial year increased by 11.61 percent and reached at US$ 378.665 million as compared to the exports of US$ 339.265 million in corresponding period of last year.

From July-January, 2013-14, leather garments exports from country registered growth of 10.76 percent about 705 thousand dozen of leather garments worth US$ 256.093 million exported against the 571 thousand dozen valuing US$ 231.206 million exported during same period of last year.

According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, leather gloves exports also registered increase of 15.11 percent as about 4,136 thousand dozen of above mention product exported and earned US$ 115.559 million during the period under review.
The gloves exports was recorded at 3,230 thousand dozen valuing US$ 100.293 million in first seven months of financial year 2012-13, the data reveled. However, during the period under review other leather manufactures exports witnessed negative growth of 8.28 percent and reached at US$ 7.123 million which was recorded at US$ 7.766 million in same period of last year, it added.
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SOUTH AFRICA

* SACTWU welcomes slow down in job losses in Clothing, Textile & Leather Industries:

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) welcomes the significant slowdown in job losses in the domestic clothing, textile and leather sectors.

A report tabled at the union’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held last week, shows that the industry continues to stabilise. The union’s Job Loss Database (which tracks actual job losses in the industry and correlates it with STATS SA information) shows that the extent of  job losses in the industry has continued to decline over the last four years.
For example, for 2010, a total of 10 119 actual job losses were recorded. This dropped significantly by almost half to 5 338 jobs lost in the subsequent year (2011), further to 5 330 in 2012 and much sharper to 3 416 last year.

This means that, for the 12-month period from January to December 2010 compared with the same 12 month period for 2013, the rate of job losses in the industry has declined by a whopping 66%.
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* Minimum Wage-LIVING WAGE- PART 3: 20131116- NOW
* THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE Part 3 20131109- NOW
* Cambodian Garment Workers: $160 We Need! Part 2 20140207-now

HEADLINES TODAY:

CAMBODIA
* Overtime boycott under way
* Garment Workers Begin Boycott of Overtime
* Hun Sen lifts protest ban
* Number of Cambodian women university graduates remains low: minister

BANGLADESH
* A Look into the Journey of Garment Worker Rights in Bangladesh 2013-14
* Meet Reba, an 18-Year-Old Survivor of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse
* Retailers may water down factory inspection standards
* 42.2% say standards good but tough to implement
* Expo on building and fire safety
* Expo on Fire Safety concludes
* Factory safety expo piques garment makers’ interests
* Technological problem in garments sector
* BD still has few more steps to regain GSP
* Shifting tannery industries to Savar immediately
* Tanners pledge to start relocation by March
THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE:
* Time for clothing brands to pay up!
* Fund for Rana plaza victims demanded
* Firms urged to pay into fund for Bangladesh factory victims
* First Companies Give to Fund for Victims of Bangladeshi Factory Collapse
* IndustriALL to press global brands for funding Rana Plaza victims
* Correct list of Rana Plaza victims demanded
* Declare missing Rana Plaza workers dead
* Rana Plaza victims urge to publish complete list of dead and missing

INDIA
* The task of protecting India’s child cotton pickers

PAKISTAN
* Textile sustains slowdown in Chinese appetite
* Leather manufacturing exports post 11.61% growth in seven months

SOUTH AFRICA
* SACTWU welcomes slow down in job losses in Clothing, Textile & Leather Industries

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