Formal Economy

Nationwide MTUC Picket on Nov 3 Over Labour Law Changes

Oct 30th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has unanimously agreed to hold a nationwide picket on November 3 to protest proposed amendments to the Employment Act passed last week that could affect job security and workers’ rights, according to the Malaysian Insider News. The national labour centre’s general committee came to the decision last night at [...]

Media Statement: Malaysia Must Protect Worker and Union Rights

Oct 28th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

Media statement from 76 groups 28 October 2011 Malaysia Must Protect Worker and Union Rights, and withdraw proposed unjust amendments to Employment Act – Labour Suppliers Should Not Be Employers – We, the undersigned 76 organizations, groups and networks are disturbed that the Malaysian government has proceeded to table, and get it passed speedily on [...]

Myanmar to allow unions

Oct 18th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

Myanmar will allow unions to be formed and workers to strike when a new law kicks in this month, according to UPI News online. Deputy Labour Minister Myint Thein told the Democratic Voice of Burma, which operates out of Norway, that President Thein Sein signed the bill into law last week. The labour organisation bill [...]

Burma allows trade unions for first time since 1962

Oct 17th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

The formation of trade unions will be permitted in Burma for the first time in almost 50 years, following the signing of a new law by the country’s president. Under the new legislation, trade unions with a minimum of 30 members will be allowed to be formed and industrial action will be permitted to take [...]

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 [...]

Malaysian Labour Law Changes “Illegal”, Says Klang MP

Oct 7th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

The proposed changes to labour laws, which trade unions say would promote outsourcing, are “illegal” as middlemen who subcontract work cannot be considered employers, Klang MP Charles Santiago has said. He said that an employer must be, by definition, the owner and operator of a factory and that an employment contract is only valid if [...]

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. [...]

SRT’s Dismissal of Striking Staff ‘Violated Human Rights’

Sep 25th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

The State Railway of Thailand’s dismissal of seven union leaders amounts to a destruction of the labour union and a gross human rights violation, say labour and human right advocates. Tim De Meyer, a specialist with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), said gatherings, negotiations and work stoppages were among the basic rights of workers which [...]

Union Members Dismissed in Cambodia

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

A garment factory hit by two mass fainting incidents last month has been accused of trying to get rid of workers who subsequently joined the Free Trade Union to push for better working conditions at the facility in Kampong Chhnang province, according to the Phnom Penh Post on September 23. FTU president Chea Mony wrote [...]

Workers Given a Braek by Labour Ministry

Sep 13th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Formal Economy

All workers will be given days off during the Pchum Ben festival later this month so that they can return to their hometowns and villages to register on voting lists or check to ensure their names are on the lists, a letter from Minister of Labour Vong Sauth released last Friday states. The order demands [...]