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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Garment Workers
Garment workers demonstrate for festival allowance in Dhaka. News Next bangladesh . (30 June 2016)

Several hundred garment workers have staged demonstration in Dhaka demanding payment of their arrears and festival allowance ahead of the Muslims' religious festival of Eid-al-Fitr.

Laos Tough times in the Laos garment industry East Asia Forum . (3 June 2016)
By Nolintha, Vanthana.

What can be done to support Laos' garment industry?. Wage premiums between the agriculture and manufacturing sectors will need to be sufficiently high to attract such movement. Increasing wages alone will place a higher burden on the industry.

Myanmar Gender inequality devalues women's work: Oxfam The Myanmar Times . (3 June 2016)
By Baker, Nick.

"They think that we are like animals. "That's how countless female garment workers are treated in Myanmar, according to Ma Ei Yin Mon.

By Eze-Kanu, Chukwudi.

National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of (NUTGTW) have tasked the federal government to speed up the resuscitation of comatose industries in the sector which is capable of employing over three million Nigerians.

By Lal, Rachna.

Mr Kumar said the key aspects of their submission this year focuses on securing funding for the setting up of a training facility in Fiji for garment workers.

According to a preliminary report on the recent protest by garment workers, the police exhibited brutality throughout the incident and in the following weeks, and there was a concerted effort by them to create an atmosphere of fear amongst the workers. The protest was against the amendment to the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.

India Police excess instigated agitating garment workers: PUCL Deccan Herald . (28 May 2016)

Ramdas Rao, an office-bearer of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), has alleged that the garment workers' protest over EPF turned violent due to the atrocities committed by the police on the agitating workers.

Bangladesh Garment workers paid a fifth of living wage in BD Dhaka Tribune . (28 May 2016)

The minimum wage in garment factories In Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is a fifth of the living wage estimated by Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), a campaigner for higher wages.

Global clothing brands must take responsibility for the millions of workers in Asia who are poorly paid by suppliers and ignored by governments, said a campaigner for higher wages in the region, ahead of an International Labour Organization (ILO) conference.

China 2 killed, several trapped in garment factory fire in China Business Standard . (21 May 2016)

Flames engulfed the top floor of a six-story factory building in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.