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

The garment manufacturing and textile industries in much of Southeast Asia – the site of many of the world’s manufacturing capitals – lacks well-established legal protections and standards that weigh in favor of fairness and transparency both for laborers and the environment, alike.

India Spare chikan GST, save handicraft Time of India . (4 July 2017)

Runa Banerjee, head of a self-employed women's association, said the implementation of GST in the hand embroidery sector is very confusing as it lacks clarity.

By PBS NewsHour, .

Rotting animal hides and toxic chemicals. That's the stench emanating from a neighborhood in Bangladesh’s capital, where hundreds of leather tanneries are packed into two square miles and workers, toiling away under horrific conditions, don’t know the full danger they face. Hari Sreenivasan narrates this report from producer Justin Kenny and photojournalist Larry Price.

The news report includes a video.

By Reeve , Rebecca.

When you walk into the SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) Ruaab production centre in Sunder Nagri, Northeast Delhi, you will see between 10-15 women sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of embroidery stools. Some may have a child in their laps, while others just chat about their days as they weave coloured thread, beads and sequins onto the fabric that is stretched tightly over the stools before them.

India Union building project boosts recruitment in India Just-Style . (23 February 2017)
By Wright, Beth.

The textile, garments, shoe and leather project supported the work of the National Textile, Garment & Leather Workers' Federation, the Self-Employed Women's Association, the Indian National Garment & Leather Workers' Federation, the Indian National Textile Workers' Federation, Workers Initiative and the Textile Workers' Federation of India.

Ghana Textile workers to hit the streets on March 9. Pulse . (23 February 2017)
By Teiko Larnyoh, Magdalene.

The General Secretary the Textiles Garments and Leather Employees Union, Abraham Koomson said they are demonstrating to mainly demand that the mandate of the anti-textile piracy task force is renewed immediately.

Bangladesh Sacked garments workers to get back job: Minister. The Financial Express . (23 February 2017)

State minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque on Thursday said the workers, who were sacked following the labour unrest in the garment factories of Ashulia in December last, will get back their jobs.

India Not paid for 2 months, garment workers protest. The Times of India . (22 February 2017)

Hundreds of workers at a garment export factory in Sector 59 on Tuesday staged a protest, claiming that the company shut down without paying them their salaries for two months.

By Thomson Reuters Foundation, .

The Western high street retailer had set goals with its main suppliers to ensure wages for its 1.6 million garment workers are enough to afford a decent living.

South Africa Treasury DG puts union on the spot over T-shirt. News 24 . (22 February 2017)
By Evans, Jenni.

"This T-shirt is not made in South Africa," Fuzile said when he was asked to abandon his blue suit jacket and shirt in favour of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union's red T-shirt.