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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Other Groups
Accra Ghana Kayayei react to abolishment of levies Pulse . (2 March 2017)
By Adu, Alice.

Some kayayei in Madina market, one of the biggest markets in Accra, have expressed profound excitement after the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta announced the abolishing of levies imposed on 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.

India The women making a business out of cleaning India BBC News . (16 February 2017)
By Solanki, Bhasker.

This news story and video tells the story of a women's cleaning co-operative. "Manjulaben runs a women's cleaning co-operative in the western Indian state of Gujarat that has grown from a small business into a company expected to return a profit of ten million rupees this year ($150,000 ; £100,000). The company provides employment to many women, and they are all equal shareholders."

By Marriott, Red.

Amid the embarrassment of global public exposure of murderous working conditions, and under pressure from leading clothing brands, Western governments, unions and NGOs, some reforms were introduced.

United States of America The hidden cost of made-in-America retail bargains. The Washington Post . (30 December 2016)
By Harlan, Chico.

While immigrants often face criticism for stealing jobs, they are the ones being increasingly undercut in America’s clothing industry, forced to accept wages below the legal minimum as retailers fight to pass on bargain prices to consumers.

By Sridharan, Vasudevan.

Local union alleges more than 3,500 workers were laid off as protests snowballed. Hundreds of garment workers in Bangladesh have been sacked after demanding higher wages and launching demonstrations. More such action is expected against workers from several factories in Ashulia, a suburb near capital Dhaka, from where clothes for big Western brands such as Zara, Gap and H&M are produced.

Nigeria Minimum wage of Nigerian textile workers to rise by 13%. Fibre 2 Fashion . (29 December 2016)

The minimum wage of the Nigerian textile and apparel workers will increase by 13 % to N32,000 as per the 46th national collective agreement. The agreement has been signed by the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and the Nigerian Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers Association (NTGTEA). 

Bangladesh Bangladesh garment factories sack hundreds after pay protests. The Guardian . (27 December 2016)
By Safi, Michael.

Dozens have been arrested amid clashes with police as impoverished workers demand a trebling of pay. At least 1,500 workers have been sacked from Bangladesh garment factories after protests forced a week-long shutdown at dozens of sites supplying top European and American brands.

United States of America Los Angeles garment industry 'deeply unsafe and unhealthy': report. Safely & Health Magazine . (22 December 2016)

The Los Angeles garment manufacturing industry - the nation's largest cut-and-sew apparel base - is "plagued by workplace violations and marked by a lack of worker protections," according to a new report released by the Garment Worker Center, the UCLA Labor Center and UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health.

By Reggie Thomas, Melvyn.

About 80,000 new accounts of the workers employed in textile, embroidery, and other small sectors have been opened in the last 24 days following the efforts by the Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), textile associations and the banks since November 26.