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

The rights of textile workers in Pakistan go neglected and all the stakeholders including government should take steps to address their issues, said Nasir Mansoor of National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (NTUF).

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 Stromberg, Paula.

Unable to afford enough food each day, garment workers in Cambodia are undernourished, stressed both mentally and physically, and suffer from a variety of ailments.

India Textile industry comes to halt, output hit Times of India . (5 April 2014)
By Thomas, Melvyn Reggie.

The ongoing agitation by textile workers over wage hike for the past three days in powerloom units in Pandesara has spread to Udhna and Bhatar industrial areas, severely affecting production in the country's biggest man-made fabric (MMF) hub in the city.

By Suchitra, M..

An estimated 100,000 children and teenage girls are working in extremely oppressive conditions in the spinning mills and garment factories in Tamil Nadu, according to a report released by FNV Mondiaal (international department of Dutch trade union confederation) and the India Committee of the Netherlands.

Bangladesh Garment workers: compensation call Women's Views on News . (4 April 2014)

Since the disaster - and public outcry - over 150 companies have signed the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, a legally binding and independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces.

Bangladesh Bangladesh garment workers still face dangerous conditions World Socialist Website . (4 April 2014)
By Kumara, Sarath.

Recent reports on building safety and working conditions in Bangladesh reveal that little has changed for tens of thousands of garment workers since last year's Rana Plaza tragedy at Savar, just outside Dhaka.

Cambodia Hundreds of Cambodian garment workers faint Al Jazeera . (3 April 2014)

At least 200 workers hospitalised after mass fainting at factories that make products for major sportswear companies.

Nigeria Kaduna textile ex-workers battle for entitlements Punch . (2 April 2014)
By Adedapo, Ife.

Eleven years after the closure of their factories, textile workers in Kaduna State have not received salary arrears, gratuity and other entitlements totalling N4.8bn from their employers.

Cambodia Cambodia's garment workers fight poor working conditions New Internationalist . (31 March 2014)

Garment strikes hit Cambodia in record numbers in 2013, with disgruntled workers taking their calls for an increase in wages to the streets. This year, the protests have been even bigger and demands met with deadly force.