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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Garment Workers

'Flawed Fabrics' - a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) - shows that workers are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry.

Bangladesh Tazreen Fashions Fire Accident Victim Network made Demonstration in front of Walmart Bangladesh Office for due Compensation Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims . (24 November 2014)
By Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, .

Bangladesh Workers Demonstrating at Walmart Nov 2014In the occasion of 2nd anniversary of the Tazreen Fashions Fire Accident, the leaders and members of Tazreen Fashions Fire Accident Victim Network made a demonstaion at 12pm noon today (24 Nov. 2014) in front of Walmart Country office in Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh with 4 points key demands.

United States L.A. Garment Workers Are Robbed of Millions by Employers, Feds Say LA Weekly . (7 November 2014)
By Romero, Dennis.

The U.S. Labor Department Wage and Hour Division said this week that Los Angeles was, by far, the nation's capital of underpaying garment workers, a group largely comprised of immigrants.

Bangladesh Doreen Workers Denied of Outstanding Payments RISEBD . (6 November 2014)

However, as negotiations intensified, the son of one of the owners attacked a worker leading the protestors with a scissor, wounding the worker's feet severely.

By Martinko, Katharine.

The past eighteen months have been a confusing time for many people in the textiles industry, but Ian Spaulding, a senior advisor for the North American-led Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, believes that a silver lining has emerged from the tragedy.

Cambodia Garment Worker Wage Talks Fall Apart Sourcing Journal . (3 November 2014)
By Donaldson, Tara.

The tripartite working group established to advise Cambodia's government-run Labor Advisory Committee (LAC) on next year's minimum wage for garment sector workers has reached a stalemate and ceased the requisite pay talks.

Bangladesh Safety problems found in 19 Bangladesh garment factories The Star . (3 November 2014)
By Talaga, Tanya.

The North American-led Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, which includes Hudson's Bay Company and Canadian Tire, says it has now shut down or partially closed 19 factories in the country due to safety concerns.

Mauritius This is what exploitation looks like IndustriAll . (3 November 2014)

As the exploitation of garment workers in Mauritius comes under fresh scrutiny in a British newspaper, the reality is in fact worse than reported says IndustriALL Global Union.

Ethiopia The Next Shirt You Buy May Say 'Made In Ethiopia.' Here's Why Ethiomedia . (29 October 2014)

In addition to established hubs like Bangladesh and Vietnam, the garment game is ripe for new players: Myanmar (Burma), Haiti and Ethiopia, among others, are looking to rejuvenate a once-thriving trade or even build one entirely from scratch.

By and Fiona Gooch, Martje Theuws, Pauline Overeem.

A report highlights conditions of modern slavery in Indian mills, and the abused workers should have recourse to UK courts.