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

Research unveiled at World Urban Forum challenges myths about the informal economy, and shows that urban informal workers play vital roles in the urban economy and help keep their households out of extreme poverty. The findings also indicate that city policies and practices tend to undermine informal livelihoods.

The researchers conclude that informal workers, who make up the majority of the urban workforce in most regions, could make greater contributions if local policies and practices supported, rather than hindered, their work.
The findings are from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), which examined the realities faced by informal workers in 10 cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America. IEMS is a collaboration between Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), which led the study, and WIEGO's partners in the Inclusive Cities project.

By Yadav, Sanjay.

Hundreds of workers of a garment export company in Udyog Vihar went on the rampage on Friday after the death by electrocution of a colleague, which they attributed to the company's negligence.

India Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific World Socialist Website . (29 March 2014)

On March 25, the Job Work Weavers Association, representing small and medium power loom owner-operators in the Coimbatore and Tirupur Districts, in India's south-east state of Tamil Nadu, ended their four-week strike, after accepting a reduced wage deal.

Updated:11 dead, six injured in Guangdong factory blaze Dressed and Stripped . (28 March 2014)

At least 11 people died and six were injured in a garment factory fire yesterday in an eastern Guangdong city notorious for such accidents.

Political science Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed will discuss some of these issues in her talk, "A year since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh: What does it mean for 'us'?", on April 3 at 6pm at the Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Dr., Toronto.

China At least 11 dead in Guangdong workshop fire China Labour Bulletin . (27 March 2014)

At least 11 people were killed and another 17 injured when a fire broke out at a small family-run underwear workshop in Puning county, Guangdong, in the early afternoon of 26 March.

By Kalcsics, Monika.

The website lists 21 basic rights that every factory should meet, including no child labour, no forced labour, no discrimination against workers, no dismissal of pregnant workers, sufficient emergency exits, plenty of clean drinking water and correctly paid minimum wages.

By MacMillan, Scott.

$5 million raised for newly launched Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund for rehabilitation of garment workers, victim support, and awareness of workplace safety.

A year after the deaths of 1,100 garment workers, compensation plan still being set up.

Cambodia Dying for fashion Al Jazeera . (21 March 2014)

While the international spotlight has focused on the garment factories of Bangladesh, Cambodia's garment workers have been staging their own revolution. Hundreds of industrial strikes have left the industry in turmoil and presented Prime Minister Hun Sen with the toughest political challenge in his nearly three-decade rule.