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A Protest Action by Labour Groups in Hong Kong at Yue Yuen Office
17 April 2014A Protest Action by Labour Groups in Hong Kong at Yue Yuen Office, Suites 3307-9, 33/F Tower 6, The Gateway 9 Canton Road, Tsimshatsui Kowloon, Hong KongOn April 5, 2014, several thousand workers, out of 60,000 from Yue Yuen Dongguan, the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, took to the streets and gathered at the highway to protest against the violations of Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd.Thousands of workers continued their strike on Wednesday at a sports shoe manufacturer in Dongguan in a dispute over welfare payments. An estimated 40,000 workers downed tools at seven Yue Yuen factories in the city, according to some of the workers taking part in the stoppages. The company said more than 1,000 staff stopped working. About 3,000 also took part in a protest march.The Hong Kong Labour Groups were accepted by the Executive Director of Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Hong Kong office, Mr. Liu. Yue Yuen promised to settle the dispute and meet the workers' demand.
Supporting Sanda Kan Strike in Dongguan, China; Stop suppressing workers’ rights -- 聲援東莞山打根罷工 抗議鎮壓維權 (20 photos)
Hong Kong dockers are on the move after a 40 day strike in 2013. This is a presentation by Hong Kong trade unionists Stephan Chan and Wong Yu Loy on how their union was formed and the lessons of their strike against Li Ka-shing' s Hutchison Port Holdings Trust. He is the richest man in Hong Kong and ownsover 50 docks in China and around the world. This presentation was made in San Francisco on April 8, 2014.
For more information on the Hong Kong dockers go to:www.hkctu.org.hk; Production of Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org
Rong Chhun, head of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, is making a trip through the US, seeking support to help free 21 labor activists who have been in jail since deadly crackdowns on demonstrations in January. His visit comes as another labor leader, Ath Thun, was in Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday, facing charges of incitement for similar protests.
Am Sam Ath, lead investigator for the rights group Licadho, said the workers had been exercising their right to demonstrate and that union support did not constitute incitement to violence. “When there is a complaint against a union leader, it is a serious violation of workers’ rights, and it is intimidation of other union leaders,” he said.
Protesting Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand, return to work at the Yuan Jiao Garment factory after successful negotiations resolve a labor dispute.
More than 500 workers had staged a more than weeklong strike, demanding a wage increase and other labor rights and benefits, including more time off and a sick leave allowance.
“The increased wages are only 15, 17 and 20 baht per day [depending on an employee’s tenure at the company] to their current wage, which is about 175 baht per day.”
“We worked every day from 8 am to 5 pm, and the overtime was until 10 pm to midnight. But we got only one day off per month and could not get sick leave.”
Foreign investors come to Vietnam just to enjoy the big investment incentives -- and then leave for greener pastures once the grace periods expire. Sony, the Japanese electronics group, enjoyed 14 years of a highly advantageous business environment in Vietnam, then shuttered its factory and left Vietnam in 2008.
Then Samsung comes in. Vietnam places high hopes on the project of building up a complex of supporting enterprises providing accessories and auxiliary parts to Samsung. This is a part of the project to be implemented with the cooperation with the Bac Ninh provincial authorities.
(For critical account on the electronics industry in Vietnam: the case of Samsung, please read the chapter from this link: http://www.amrc.org.hk/node/1354 ;)
For critical account on the electronics industry in Vietnam: the case of Samsung, please read the chapter from this link: http://www.amrc.org.hk/node/1354
Ms. Fernandez’s indefatigable advocacy for better treatment of foreign workers prompted her government to denounce her and human rights groups to shower her with awards.
Total U.S. apparel imports grew 3.3% to $6.8 billion in January, according to data released last week by the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). Total unit volume, measured on a square meter equivalent basis, increased 3.4%, driving the average cost per SME down by a negligible .2%.
Vietnam enjoyed the biggest share gain of U.S. apparel imports, growing from 10.2% of the dollar total in January 2013 to 11.5% in 2014. Indonesia suffered the biggest share loss, dropping from 7.5% to 6.7%. China’s share edged up from 38.1% to 38.3% on a dollar basis.
Apparel imports from Vietnam totaled $785 million, growing 16.3% year-on-year, almost five times faster than total imports and more than four times faster than imports from China, whose apparel shipments to the U.S. increased by 3.9% on a dollar basis. Vietnam’s total volume is still less than a third the size of China’s, however.
Indonesia’s position as the third largest source of apparel has been challenged by Bangladesh, whose dollar and unit shipments to the U.S. grew faster, and whose unit shipments were greater. Bangladesh’s recent significant minimum wage increase might begin to alter considerably the country’s cost advantage vis-à-vis China and Vietnam, and could slow its growth.
U.S. apparel imports from China totaled $2.6 billion in January, up only 3.9% over January 2013. Units (on a square meter equivalent basis) rose 5.5%, driving the cost per unit lower by 1.5%, a steeper decline than the overall average.
On March 18, 2014 hundreds of Taiwanese students broke into the parliament and conducted an occupation of the Parliament to protest a action by the KMT ruling party to prevent a vote on section by section of a trade agreement with China. The proposed Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement according to the students and workers would threaten jobs of blue collar workers and small businesses in Taiwan. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front...Thousands of people including trade unionists supported the occupation and 3 simultaneous rallies took place with thousands of supporters. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/longson...Speakers talk about the issues and also how it will affect the Taiwanese working class as well as the history of the Taiwanese trade unions and the role of China. On March 24, 2014 a massive police attack brutalized the students injuring dozens and ended the occupation of the parliament.Production of Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org
Despite high economic growth rates, massive poverty persists in Indonesia. And while the fall of Suharto’s ’New Order’ dictatorship in 1998 drastically enlarged democratic space in the country, old representatives of the dictatorship are making a come-back. The army remains a powerful political player and democratic freedoms are under attack. We publish here an interview with activist Zely Ariane on how the Indonesian Left is trying to find a new way forward.
Mo.re than 5,000 nonregular workers at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ were allowed to join its labor union in March. That step marks the first time nonregular workers at a major Japanese bank were allowed to unionize
We strongly support the workers’ strike in Sanda Kan, Dongguan, China, and stand in solidarity with the workers. We oppose the authorities using force to suppress workers. We urge the Kadar Group, Sanda Kan Company, Dongguan government and trade unions to protect the rights of the workers, in particular, the right of association, right to strike and right of collective bargaining. They should respond to the workers’ demands, release the arrested workers and negotiate with the workers in good faith.
April 17 to 22 stay-at-home strike
With new garment factory strikes only one week away, union activists are using new means to spread the strike call, trying to duck harassment from factories and arrest by police.
Union leaders say members have been fired for handing out leaflets promoting the April 17 to 22 stay-at-home strike. They say police have detained others or confiscated their supplies. While those detained were soon released, police and government officials continue to warn of arrest if pamphleting continues.
The content of this book is upon of the discussion in the Fourth Asian Roundtable on Social Security meeting which was co-organised by AMRC and the University of Philippines in Manila. The book includes country reports on social protection in Asia, overview on the road to social protection in Asia, outcome of the conference, among others. The book serves to provide comprehensive information on social protection for all from the labour perspective in Asia.
Contractors plan to offer pay rises of up to 12 per cent to dock workers at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals - close to the 14 per cent demanded by the dockers - a union leader says....
We call on international brands such as Adidas, Puma and Nike to take concrete measures to address wages that currently do not satisfy basic needs nor provide for a life with human dignity.
At least 200 workers hospitalised after mass fainting at factories that make products for major sportswear companies.
The three factories make clothes for brands such as sportswear giants Puma SE and Adidas.
Tainted food, poor working conditions and the spraying of insecticide are suspected causes, AFP news agency reported, citing Khim Sunsoda, deputy governor of Pur Senchey district, where the incidents happened.
One of Indonesia’s most aggressive unions is running a campaign in this year’s elections to put its own people in parliament, a move it believes necessary to gain further influence.
Despite representing a large share of the Pakistani labour force, women are seldom taken into consideration and even labour inspections fail to listen to their concerns.
The problems facing women workers are numerous: Over 90 per cent of women workers in the country do not have appointment letters; they get half of the wages of their male counterparts though they work the same hours; they are not registered with social security networks.
It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released Friday in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.
Some interesting insights and results:
1. Adjusted for population growth, the global migration rate has stayed roughly the same since around 1995 (it was higher from 1990-1995).
2. It’s not the poorest countries sending people to the richest countries, it’s countries in transition—still poor, but with some education and mobility—that are the highest migratory contributors.
3. The largest regional migration is from Southeast Asia to the Middle East. This is largely driven by the huge, oil-driven construction booms happening on the Arabian Peninsula.
4. The biggest flow between individual countries is the steady stream from Mexico to the U.S. (In fact, the U.S. is the largest single migrant destination.)
5. There’s a huge circulation of migrants among sub-Saharan African countries. This migration dwarfs the number leaving Africa, but the media pay more attention to the latter because of the austerity-driven immigration debates in Europe.