Ministry of Economic Affairs acknowledges need for reform of factory audits in the textile industry
Berlin/Dhaka.It is long overdue to overhaul audit procedures. Today’s Final Statement of the German National Contact Point (NCP) on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in the Rana Plaza proceeding against the auditing company TÜV Rheinland should pave the way to fundamental reforms. The NCP recommends a dialogue with audit companies, standard setting organizations, brands, factories and trade unions. This dialogue should address transparency of audit reports and whether factory owners should pay for audits. Besides, the NCP takes a clear stance on the measures audit firms could already implement, such as the stronger involvement of worker representatives.
With reference to the International Women's Day the following article reached us and FEMNET would like to bring it to your attention. Author Taslima Akhter is President of Bangladesh Garment Sramik Samhati and a photographer. She wrote a very passionate article about female worker's rights activistes, who have a big impact on her life, as well as many other garment workers in Bangladesh.
On 10 th March 2018, garment workers from Peenya Industrial Area came together to stand up against sexual violence at the workplace, to mark International Women’s Day. Garment workers wore black, formed a human chain and silently protested. This is in line with the global Women in Black anti-war women’s movement that began in the 1950s in Palestine and Israel.
The event was held from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, in two places, namely NTTF Circle, Peenya 2 nd Stage, Bangalore and near Mereena Creations garment factory, 100 ft Road, Laggere Cross, Bangalore. Around 300 to 350 garment workers and public gathered in each place.
"Made in Myanmar" is becoming increasingly popular on the labels of pants, shirts and jackets. The Myanmar garment industry is booming and is increasingly producing apparel products for the European market. FEMNET had a chance to chat with two Myanmar activists Myo Myo Aye (49), the programme director of Solidarity for Trade Union Myanmar (STUM), and Thurein Aung (42), the director of Action Labour Rights (ALR) about the labour rights violations in the export-oriented garment industry of Myanmar. The activists from Myanmar visited the Netherlands and Germany at the invitation of the SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations).
Venue: Bonn, German Development Institute, Tulpenfeld 6
Date and time: 22nd of February 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Two Myanmar labour rights experts – Mr. Thurein Aung of Action Labor Rights (ALR) and Ms. Myo Myo Aye of Solidarity for Trade Union Myanmar (STUM) will report on current labour rights concerns in the garment industry with a special focus on freedom of association and the role of labour groups and civil society organisations.