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18:45:12 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Widow from 2012 Factory Fire Launches Community Petition:

Yesterday,(20150305) Mrs. Shahida Parveen, a widow as a result of a 2012 tragic factory fire in Baldia town on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, launched a community petition on the online activist website Avaaz.

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Mrs. Parveen is currently campaigning to ensure that she and all the victims of the Ali Enterprises factory fire receive long-term compensation from KiK, a German
discount retailer and the main buyer from the factory.
Her petition and campaign against KiK may be eligible for a $10,000 grant, as recently announced on facebook that Avaaz members will help identify 10 campaigns to support.

On September 11, 2012, a fire ripped through the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, killing at least 254 people and injuring another 55 people.
The fire at the Ali Enterprises factory is now recognized as the worst industrial tragedy in Pakistan to date.
Investigations into the cause of the fire uncovered that just weeks before the fire, Ali Enterprises passed an audit on behalf of Italian social audit firm RINA, and received a SAI (Social Accountability International) 8000 certification.
Ali Enterprises received this certification despite the fact that there were no emergency exits; the windows were barred; and an entire mezzanine floor had been illegally built on.
Mrs. Parveen’s husband was among victims who burned and boiled to death in the fire.
Many survivors where forced to jump from the roof of the building, suffering significant injuries.

“God only knows what happened to my husband and all the people trapped in that factory”, states Mrs. Parveen in her petition. “I never found my husband’s body, even after months of DNA tests. He was among the unidentified bodies, which were eventually buried.” In the petition she describes falling unconscious upon hearing that her husband burned to death in the factory.

In January 2013, KiK, the main buyer (75% to 80% of goods were purchased by KiK) from the factory at the time of the fire, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) agreeing to make an initial payment to the victims and their families of US$ 1 million for immediate relief, and to negotiate a long-term compensation package with all other involved stakeholders.

Despite the existence of this signed agreement, KiK has failed to comply with the terms of the MOU.
Specifically, with regard to the provision of long-term compensation, KiK has imposed unnecessary delay in the negotiations with PILER on behalf of the victims.
The Clean Clothes Campaign is concerned that KiK is engaging in various stalling tactics in order to avoid paying long-term compensation.
Additionally, the MOU required KiK to pay a sum of USD 250,000 for future labour standard enforcement, and this also has yet to be paid.

PILER continues to support the victims’ families in Pakistan in their efforts to hold KiK accountable to the terms of the MOU in order to receive long-term compensation for all the victims and injured workers.
read more and please sign. & read more.
AVAAZ PILER CCC

* Sunn Lo Kay Hum Mazdoor Hain By Jawad Ahmad- for Baldia affectees:

 WORKER OF THE WORLD, UNITE!

Jawad Ahmad’s Song “Sunn Lo Kay Hum Mazdoor Hain” to pay tribute to the workers of Baldia Factory, Karachi, who were burnt alive in the fire and for showing our solidarity with their families who are still suffering and facing miserable living conditions because of the man made disaster.

It was a catastrophe that could easily have been prevented if the existing labour laws were more humane or were atleast properly implemented in Pakistan.

Don’t You Ever Forget It…

My Tears, my Screams
My Burning, my Crying
My Shouting with Pain…
My Helpless Dying…
Don’t You Ever Forget It…

Just because I am a poor Worker...
Remember that I Am also Human….

My Body feels pain the same way as does yours…
We will never ever Burn and Die like This….

Despotic is the rule, unjust is the law…
Just because I am a poor Worker...
Remember that I Am also Human….

The Hell that you are so afraid of…
I have already gone through its experience…
Look how my dreams burnt in the flames…
And my Body smouldered and melted…

After this catastrophe, you are still quiet…
Just because I am a poor Worker...
Remember that I Am also Human….

My meal was simple food…
My clothes were inexpensive…
I used to do hard labour…
Through which I earned my family’s living…

My death was an accident…
Just because I am a poor Worker...
Remember that I Am also Human….
My Body feels pain the same way as does yours…

Listen everyone, we are the Workers…
This whole world is because of us…
You must know now, we are the workers…

Remember that I Am also Human….
Whatever you have, to eat, to wear, to use, to live in…
We, the Workers, have made it all….
We have made this world run….
Industry, agriculture, progress, riches, are all because of us….
We run the factories and the institutions…
We will never let this happen again….
Now we will never ever burn and die like this…

My Body feels pain the same way as does yours…
We will never ever Burn and Die like This….
Don’t You Ever Forget It…
See  & Listen…Video
RISEFORPAKISTAN

20:45:12 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Support Cambodian Garment Workers in their Fight for Fair Wages! $177 NOW!:

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Cambodian garment workers and unions in their demand for an immediate increase to their minimum wage to $177(USD) a month.

We demand that companies such as H&M, The Gap, Adidas, Walmart, Puma, Levi’s, C&A, and Zara pressure their factory suppliers in Cambodia to respect workers’ rights and make immediate meaningful improvements to working conditions.

Cambodian garment workers are forced to work for poverty-level wages while the companies they manufacture for make billions of dollars in profits. Four major brands, H&M, GAP, Walmart, and Adidas, for example, had combined revenues of roughly $608 billion in 2012, an amount almost 43 times Cambodia’s entire GDP.

The legal minimum wage for garment workers is a miserable $100 per month. Thousands of workers have fainted at their sewing machines due to malnutrition, overwork, heat, poor ventilation, and fumes from chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Earlier this year, when over 200,000 Cambodian workers stood up to demand a fairer wage, authorities shot four workers dead in the streets and threw 23 union activists in jail. Consumers don’t want clothes tainted with exploitation and repression!

We therefore support Cambodian union calls for the following:
read more & please sign.
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19:45:12 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

            THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE

* No back-to-school for many Rana Plaza kids:

Right now The Children’s Place is raking in millions as families wrap up their back-to-school shopping.
For destitute children affected by Rana Plaza — the deadliest apparel industry disaster in world history — “back-to-school” is a luxury that many can no longer afford.

Please join us in calling on The Children’s Place — the largest pure-play children’s specialty retailer — to not forget the children of the Bangladeshi workers who were making their products the day that Rana Plaza collapsed.

After suffering from a life of poverty due to the low wages their parents received sewing garments for The Children’s Place and other multinational corporations, 3,000 children lost a parent at Rana Plaza.

Another 200 were orphaned, and many others now live with a parent who lost a limb and can no longer work, or who struggles to cope with severe trauma.
As they continue to wait for Children’s Place to pay its full share of compensation, many of these children have had to leave school and go to work to help put food on the table for their families.
read more. & read more and please sign.
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adidas – living wage!

* The spirit of football is meant to be fair play-  Tell Adidas to go “all in” for a living wage:

An estimated 3.5 billion people, or half the world’s population, will tune in to watch this years’ FIFA World Cup, leaving sponsors scrambling to capture fans imaginations.

For sportswear giant Adidas the potential return is huge, after spending £62million in order “to make the World Cup in Brazil the best World Cup ever” – for the Adidas brand. Adidas expects to make €1.7billion from the sale of football merchandise this year alone and Adidas’s CEO Herbert Hainer hopes the Cup will catapult the Adidas Group into pole position as leader of the sportswear industry.

Through flashy ads, acclaimed and influential spokespeople, and catchy slogans, Adidas is harnessing the world’s passion for the World Cup to grow their brand profile and profits.

As Adidas is encouraging the world to go all in, for garment workers around the world, they have no choice but to go all in for close to nothing. A majority of the world’s garment workers are young women struggling to survive on their poverty wages. At its core, the garment industry continues to perpetuate a system of extreme inequality, providing inordinate wealth for the privileged few, while condemning the vast majority of workers in the supply chain to unconscionable poverty.
read more.

Join our campaign to ensure that Adidas goes all in for a living wage.
Sign and share the petition: Here
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19:45:12 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Huge responsibility for Western buyers:

Chaos is everywhere. Security cannot keep the masses away.
Volunteers, sticks in their hand, continuously make space free for another ambulance. They are more than thousand, the rescuers of the first hour.

In a heat of more than thirty degrees, between debris and dust, helped with an electric torch, a piece of rope and with bare hands they go to attack the large concrete blocks: looking for survivors. In the building limbs are amputated to save lives. This is unrealistic; this is super human.

In this chaos, I also discover panic orrage because so many innocent workers are still in the rubble of the collapsed building.
Or impotence as they cannot quick release everyone who is still under the debris.
Or a mix of all that.
Also, on my way to the site of the disaster, I had already noticed it. Here en there young people armed with sticks were blocking the junctions. Elsewhere I see groups of people marching towards Savar, fierce because once again colleagues were dying in unsafe working conditions. The fire in the Tazreen factory last November is still
fresh in the memory.

I share this anger of the local people. I feel powerless, I feel rebellion.
Never lessons are learnt? There are too many similarities to similar disasters in 2005(Spectrum), 2006(Tejgaon), 2010(Begunbari) and 2012(Tazreen).
Buildings, even not so old,do not meet the building codes.
Extra floors are added without authorization, but the basic construction cannot bear the weight. And what makes me most angry is that workers are forced to continue to work in angerous conditions.
Last Tuesday afternoon the affected building had been evacuated because of sudden cracks and creaks.
Experts were called and workers were released to go home.. But the next day they had to return to work. Forced, otherwise they wouldlose their job.
Frightened, many hundreds are pushed into death.

I feel outraged because this tragedy could be avoided.
But if the workers raise their voices and wish to be organised for better and safer working conditions, they are dismissed or put on a blacklist so they even cannot find a job elsewhere.
Stand up for your rights in the clothing sector you cannot do unpunished.
Trade union work is dangerous: last year a garment union leader even was killed. Human lives are of no importance. It is as if victims are unfortunate part of the game, considered as so-called collateral damage of the economic system.
A today’s Bengali newspaper truly analyses that this is not a tragedy, but murder.

What did these young people wrong so they should pay for it with their young lives? Many of them are weak educated, or even illiterate sometimes, and they came to
the city from the countryside, looking for an income to improve their living standards. Is there something wrong with that? Looking for an income, they only found death.

Of course violations in building constructions should be punished.
Of course employers cannot longer consider their workers as profit making tools.
Of course, trade union work in the Bengali garment sector should be made possible.

But also Western companies have an overwhelming responsibility.
The clothing brands place orders and impose penalties if an order is not ready in time.
As consumers, we can force them to sign the “Bangladesh Fireand Building Safety Agreement”.
By participating in activities of the Clean Clothes Campaign.
This agreement – developed by Bengali and international trade unions – includes independent factory inspections, mandatory building improvements and improved safety measures.
Two foreign companies have already signed. What other clothing brands are
waiting for to join? How many workers still need to die?

Jef Van Hecken,  based in Dhaka for WSM – World Solidarity, a Belgian based ngo focusing labour rights and social protection Dhaka, 25 April 2013
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*   “Stop the killing, act now”:

Clean Clothes Campaign urges brands to sign Safety Agreement

Clean Clothes Campaign is sickened by the preventable collapse of Rana Plaza and condemns  brands for their failure to prevent such heavy loss of life once again. Brands must now must come forward, ensure emergency steps are taken and pay without delay into a compensation fund for the victims and their families. They must also commit to prevent future disasters.

The total compensation figure is likely to be over US$30 million in addition to the cost of emergency treatment. The death toll, already over 300, seems likely to increase dramatically as media reports indicate that 1000 people are still unaccounted for. Our local partners have expressed concern that mismanagement and incorrect accounting by the authorities means that some deaths are not being recorded on the list of deceased.

The CCC is contacting all brands whose names are linked to one of the five factories that were producing in the building  to verify details of their production.
Five brands have confirmed current or recent production: Bon Marche (UK), El Corte Ingles (Spain), Primark (UK/Ireland), Mango (Spain) and Joe Fresh (clothing line at Loblaw’s, Canada’s largest supermarket chain).

A number of other brands are linked to the factory through import data, labels  and other documentation found at the site by local activists of other brands producing in one of the factories, including Benetton (Italy), Cato Fashions (USA), Children’s Place (USA), Carrefour (France).  So far all deny production or failed to respond.

The CCC calls on all buyers to step forward immediately and to make sure that every effort is taken to minimise the pain and suffering of the people involved and prevent further deaths.
read more.
CCC

* Make garment factories in Bangladesh safe:

 Nearly 5,000 workers protested in Dhaka on 26 April expressing outrage at the death to hundreds and injury to thousands of garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse.
You can join the protest online here.

Join the campaign and add your voice of protest on the LabourStart campaign calling to make garment factories in Bangladesh safe here: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1813

The protest in Dhaka was in response to the worst ever industrial accident in Bangladesh where already more than 300 workers have died, thousands are injured and many more remain trapped and unaccounted for in the rubble of the collapsed 8 story building.
Roy Ramesh, IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) General Secretary, presiding over the protest in Dhaka, demanded the severest punishment under the law, including the death penalty, to all those responsible for the mass murder and injury of the workers.

“No words can describe the horror of the criminal action of the manufacturers, brands, employers’ groups BGMEA and BKMEA, and the regulatory authorities for their greed for profit, at the cost of precious human lives, injuries and misery to thousands,” said Ramesh.  read more.
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20:45:12 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* No More Excuses: Dignity, Not Poverty Pay:

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No More Excuses: Dignity, Not Poverty Pay. A worker in Cambodia explains the terrible difficulties and humiliation of trying to get by on her poverty wages. From fainting due to exhaustion and lack of nutrition to the spiral of debt to her employers while trying to pay for the necessities of her life.

Take Action Now!
You can send a message to Cambodia’s big buyers H&M, Levis, GAP and Zara right now to tell them they must pay a living wage!

To SIGN go to: livingwage.cleanclothes.org   & watch the video. & A wage you can live from.

 

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19:45:12 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

JUSTICE FOR FASHION VICTIMS

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* Demand justice for the victims of the Tazreen fire:

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On the 24th November, at least 112 workers died in the fire at Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many of the workers jumped to their deaths trying to escape from the nine story building. Others, unable to escape the blaze, were burned alive. Tazreen produced for a host of well known brand names, including C&A, KIK, Walmart, Li & Fung, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Disney, Dickies, Sean Comb (ENYCE) and Kmart/Sears.

First reports suggest the fire was started by an electrical short circuit. The cause of over 80% of all factory fires in Bangladesh are due to faulty wiring. The fire in Tazreen Fashions brings the total of workers that have died in unsafe factories in Bangladesh since 2005 to around 700.

Accounts of the different fires clearly show that many of these tragic deaths could have been prevented  had the  factories met basic safety standards. The windows of the Tazreen factory were barred to prevent theft, and safe fire exits were mostly absent, making it impossible for the workers to escape the flames and smoke. At the time of the fires the managers initially stopped workers from leaving by dismissing a fire warning as a false alarm.

Call upon C&A, KIK, Walmart, Li & Fung, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Disney, Dickies, Sean Comb (ENYCE) and Kmart/Sears to take up responsibility!

The Clean Clothes Campaign along with trade unions and labour rights organisations in Bangladesh and around the world call upon the buyer companies to:

  1. Ensure full compensation to the victims,
  2. Support a full and transparent investigation into the fires,
  3. Sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement.

Read more & Please Sign : Here.
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18:45:12 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Make textile factories safe:

Over 300 workers were killed in devastating factory fires on 11 September at a garment factory in Karachi and a shoe factory in Lahore, Pakistan.

Various reports indicate that workers could not escape the fire because the factory buildings lacked basic fire safety standards and emergency exits.

The fire at Ali Enterprises, the garment factory located in Hub river road, Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) in Karachi killed more than 289 workers. Many of them died of suffocation as they were trapped in the basement. A large number of workers suffered grievous injuries as they jumped from the building to safety.

It is reported that the factory was illegally established and identifying the dead is extremely difficult as the workers were not registered with government authorities nor received written contracts.
In another fire accident at the four-story shoe manufacturing unit at Lahore about 25 workers were killed.

IndustriALL Global Union joins with unions in Pakistan to demand the government pay compensation of five million rupees (53,000 USD) to the families of the workers who were killed, and two million rupees (21,000 USD) to injured workers and that the workers continue to receive their salary.

Unions are also demanding the government arrest the employer and charge him with murder and take action against the labour department and government authorities that failed to ensure the safety and health of these workers.

Send your message in support of these demands to the Pakistan Prime Minister today.

 

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FREE SOMYOT! Freedom of speech is not a crime: Sign now!

On 19 September the Thai Criminal Court will announce the date of the verdict of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist in Thailand. He can face 30 years in prison.

We need your voice again, so let it be loud!

CCC continues to call upon the Thai authorities to drop all charges against Somyot  Prueksakasemsuk and all other human rights defenders detained through the lèse majesté laws. We ask that as a minimum, Somyot will be released on bail.

Somyot was arrested more than a year ago, in April 2011. Thai authorities claim that two publications in his magazine Voice of Thaksin ‘offended’ the country’s king. He was accused of lèse majesté, a crime that carries up to 30 years of imprisonment. Somyot has been forced to await his trial in an overpopulated and unhealthy prison for over seventeen months now and has been refused bail eight times.

CCC is working with human right organisations to influence governments of other EU countries to reach out to the Thai government. We also ask that all human rights defenders in Thailand are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of restrictions, including judicial harassment.

Tell the Thai Prime Minister: Release Somyot now! Freedom of speech is not a crime.
We ask you to send this letter to the Thai Prime Minister. Your signatures will be spread out widely, so the Thai government will have to listen! For more information and regular updates from the trial, please go to: www.freesomyot.wordpress.com

Read more & please Sign here.

PAKISTAN
* Widow from 2012 Factory Fire Launches Community Petition
* Sunn Lo Kay Hum Mazdoor Hain By Jawad Ahmad- for Baldia affectees

CAMBODIA
* Support Cambodian Garment Workers in their Fight for Fair Wages! $177 NOW!

BANGLA DESH
THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE:
* No back-to-school for many Rana Plaza kids

adidas – living wage!

BANGLA DESH
* Huge responsibility for Western buyers
* “Stop the killing, act now”
* Make garment factories in Bangladesh safe

CAMBODIA
* No More Excuses: Dignity, Not Poverty Pay

BANGLA DESH
*Call upon Tazreen brands to deliver the goods
* Demand justice for the victims of the Tazreen fire

PAKISTAN
* Make textile factories safe

* FREE SOMYOT! Freedom of speech is not a crime: Sign now!

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I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
    A. Searcher

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