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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Garment Workers
India Everything is Connected The Hindu . (8 May 2016)
By Langa, Mahesh.

In her latest book "Anubandh", noted Gandhian and the force behind the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ela Bhatt, makes an appeal to build holistic and mutually beneficial communities to cater to the basic needs of daily life: food (including water), clothing, education, health, housing, education and banking.

By Benjamin, Isaiah.

The General Secretary, NUTGTWN, Comrade Issa Aremu at a press conference addressed yesterday said it was a bad precedence for the NLC members to be divided themselves instead they should be united against common class enemy.

Japan Automation seeing increasing use in garment factories Nikkei Asian Review . (4 May 2016)

In China, Southeast Asia and other manufacturing hubs, textile factories are struggling to fill vacancies because their wages are lower than what other manufacturing jobs pay. Lower wages also mean that garment workers tend to leave jobs after a short while, resulting in a lack of veteran workers and inconsistent product quality.

By Vasquez, Mario.

The General Brotherhood of American Apparel Workers has called for a boycott of the brand's merchandise.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured garment workers that he will consult the police and initiate measures to withdraw cases booked against them during the recent agitation against the now-withdrawn amendments to the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) Scheme by the Union government.

By Yameen, Rutaban.

On the third anniversary of the disaster, thousands protested in Savar outside a state graveyard where hundreds of unidentified victims are buried. Protesters laid water hyacinth flowers, recited prayers, demanded convictions and called for improved safety standards at Bangladesh's 4,500 RMG factories.

Cambodia Kampong Speu truck crash injures 70 garment workers The Phnom Penh Post . (28 April 2016)
By David, Sen.

Kampong Speu provincial police chief Keo Pisi said the truck's tyre exploded just after 6am, causing it to topple and spill the 70 workers onto the road - the latest in a string of traffic incidents involving factory workers.

Bangladesh From fashion to degree: Bangladeshi garment workers head to university Malay Mail Online . (26 April 2016)

Established in the aftermath of the disaster, AUW's Pathways for Promise programme aims to use higher education to empower women labourers to become leaders and have a stronger voice in shaping the future of Bangladesh's lucrative garment sector.

By Mukherjee Parikh, Runa.

India’s premier B-school for strategic marketing and communication, MICA, has decided to join hands with Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa), a trade union for poor, self-employed women workers, for the capacity building of the ‘Master Trainers’ of Sewa.

Women Organising Around the World - Gallery The Guardian . (22 April 2016)

Women in informal work around the world are setting up unions and networks to create more security. NGO Wiego worked with Getty Images and the Hewlett Foundation to capture them.