Blog: March 2012

ILRF Hails Landmark Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement with the PVH Corporation

For many years the dirty secret of the steadily growing Bangladeshi garment industry has been its disposable workers.  The lowest paid garment workers anywhere in the world, hundreds of them have died in preventable factory fires and building collapses during the last two decades, and countless more have been injured.  After each tragedy, labor groups have asked: How many more workers will have to die before the industry changes? Workers have demanded “no more fires.”

Iris Munguía Receives SOLIDAR Silver Rose Award

I coordinated our women’s programme for twelve years as a member of the Coordinating Body of Latin American Banana and Agroindustrial Workers Unions (COLSIBA), and worked for two years as the sub coordinator. I was elected as Coordinator in August 2011.

The Impact of My Work

As a result of my work, I have learnt to value myself as a woman and have learnt how analytical, positive, creative and committed we women can be. Women have always been involved in the battle to secure our rights, and yet we have gone unnoticed in history. Therefore, we women who work in the banana industry have lived through the experience of actually making and writing history.

Home-Based Women Workers Rally in Karachi, Pakistan

The lady health workers' leaders reiterate that more than 130,000 LHW have successfully run basic health campaigns for last 17 years to eradicate polio and other contagion diseases from the society and provided the health facilities on the door step on very low salaries of merely 7000 rupees and their services were still not regularized.  The struggle of lady health workers will carry on till the fulfillment of their demands for legal protections and a pay scale.

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