Garment industry

Bangladeshi Garment Workers’ Hunger Strike Achieves Owed Wages

Oct 10th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Several hundred garment workers conducted a hunger strike in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on 29 September, demanding payment of outstanding wages and allowances of workers at five garment factories. Protestors also sought legal compensation for dismissed workers from four garment factories. The pressure exerted achieved payment of the moneys owed by [...]



Sandblasted Jeans: Should We Give up Distressed Denim?

Oct 2nd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Jeans with a distressed, already-worn look have been popular since the 1990s, but one way the effect is achieved is by blasting them with sand – and this can give factory workers an incurable lung disease. So should we stop buying them? “I have difficulty breathing… When I return from work I feel so tired. [...]



Chinese Workers Strike for Higher Pay at Triumph Lingerie Factory

Sep 11th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Over 1,000 workers went on strike Thursday ( Sept 8 ) over low pay and a tightened work schedule at a factory in south China owned by the European lingerie giant Triumph International. The strike started Thursday morning at the Hainan Youmei Underwear Company in Haikou, capital of the southernmost island province of Hainan, with [...]



NGWF seeks PM’s Help for Minimum Wages in Garment Sector

Feb 15th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF) sought Prime Minister’s intervention in implementation of minimum wages in the garments sector. Addressing a pressing conference at DRU Sunday, Amirul Haq Amin, President of the federation said that about 30 per cent garment factories have not yet implemented the declared wages. Kamrul Ahsan, a leader of Bangladesh Workers Party [...]



Garment Industry Woos Women Workers in Sri Lanka

Feb 12th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Sri Lanka’s garment industry has launched a multi-million rupee campaign to bring in female workers shunning the country’s most profitable sector for better paying jobs. Executives at garment firms believe the industry is merely experiencing a bad image problem, but union officials say women are staying away because they get little respect and income from [...]



Burma Garment Workers’ Miserable Wages

Feb 9th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Burma’s poorly paid garment workers are anticipating a pay hike this year, report Thida Win and Yadana Oo. But this has to be put in perspective: 1,000 Kyat is equivalent to about US$1, so the pay rise is only about $10. To the delight of underpaid workers in Yangon, some of the local garment factories [...]



Workers Fear Factory Closure in Cambodia

Jan 12th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Representatives of about 1,000 factory workers at a garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district said on Jan 11 that the owner had continued moving equipment out of their workplace this week, leading them to doubt promises that the business would remain open. The Ministry of Labour convened a meeting on Thursday of last week in an [...]



23 Killed in Ha-Meem Factory Fire in Bangladesh

Dec 15th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

At least 23 people were killed and over 100 injured while many others remain trapped as a fire broke out at a garment factory of Ha-Meem Group at Ashulia in Savar on December 14, 2010. Of the deceased, two died on the spot while eight at Shinshin Japan Hospital, six at Ashulia Centre for Women [...]



Three Die in Bangladesh Garment Wage Protests

Dec 13th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

Bangladeshi officials say three people have died and at least 100 have been injured as thousands of garment workers in two cities clashed with police. The workers were demonstrating Sunday to demand the implementation of a new minimum wage law enacted several weeks ago. Authorities say police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse [...]



Cambodia’s Garment Sector May See Additional Unrest

Oct 27th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy, Garment industry

A local union at the centre of strikes last month in the garment industry threatened to renew work stoppages if the cases of suspended union representatives were not resolved by the end of the month, according to the Phnom Penh Post on October 27, 2010. Ek Sopheakdey, the secretary general of the Coalition of Cambodian [...]