WSM welcomes decision of big brands to sign legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
World Solidarity welcomes the monumental news that brands are agreeing to sign the legally binding, enforceable and transparent Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with IndustriALL, UNI and Bangladeshi unions. CCC will sign the Accord as a witness.
On 4 March 2013, the police arrested the trade unionists Rusli, Wahyu, Ismed Rizal and Amir, charging them of violating article 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. The police holds them accountable for damaging a management car and for the chaotic situation during a huge strike on 5 February 2013.
We see it differently: the arrest of the 4 union members of FPE is to intimidate and curtail the trade union, operating in the company PERTAMINA EP. This is a clear violation of the Indonesian Labour law nr. 21/2000 and of the International Labour Conventions nr. 87 and nr. 98 on Freedom of Association and the Right to Organise, both ratified by Indonesia in 1998 and 1957.The infringement of an ILO Convention is a serious violation and we will therefore file a complaint to the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Standards.
The minimum wage in the garment and footwear industry in Cambodia will rise from 61 to 80 USD a month from this May 1st. This increase leaves Ath Thorn, president of the CLC (Cambodian Labour Confederation) bitter: it will not allow any worker to migrate out of poverty and is, in fact, much less than it looks on paper.
The Cambodian Working Group for Domestic Workers (CWGDW) released a Call to Action for the governments of Malaysia and Cambodia to act expeditiously to enact effective protection measures for domestic workers, including ratifying ILO 189: Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
Together with more than 60 Cambodian and international human rights groups and trade unions World Solidarity calls on Cambodia and Malaysia to reach a bilateral agreement that would guarantee strong labor rights and working conditions for Cambodian maids employed in Malaysia."The time is ripe for the Cambodian and Malaysian governments to take measures to ensure the rights of domestic workers, including a decent minimum wage, and define the rights and responsibilities of domestic workers, employers and recruitment agencies," the Cambodian Working Group for Domestic Workers said in a statement. The groups want both governments to reach an agreement that would protect the rights of Cambodian maids in accordance with the International Labor Organization (ILO)'s Convention Concerning Decent work for Domestic Workers, which was adopted last year.
Read the call for action here.
Five months after they were fired for trying to establish a union, 67 employees of the Angkor Village Hotel in Camodia continue to demonstrate daily at the the entrance of the hotel to challenge their dismissal. They are supportd by CTSWF, the tourism union of CLC, trade union partner of World Solidarity and ACV in Cambodja. The hotel owners simply ignored the court's verdict to annul the lay-off.