In the last week, at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent repression of a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage. Many NGOs, trade unions, labour activists, etc. are calling all supporters to sign the petition asking the Cambodian Government to stop violence against workers. Please sign the petition online at http://tinyurl.com/krxukul.
In Uruguay, sensitive issues are currently being discussed that are of great relevance for the country’s workers. On the one hand the draft Bill on Accountability entered the parliamentary phase and on the other hand, a new Round of Wage Councils involving several hundred Uruguayan workers is initiating.
In June the Asian Development Bank published the report "The Social Protection Index: Assessing Results for Asia and the Pacific". The report states that despite the growth of Asian economies, countries are failing to spend enough on social protection programmes to fight poverty and inequality. Especially the countries in South East Asia are staying behind, with an average of only 2,6% of GDP spent on social protection.
The 12th issue of the International Domestic Workers Network newsletter is out. The July 2013 issue reports, among other topics, on the IDWN Founding Congress in Uruguay (26-28 October 2013), the launch of the African Domestic Workers Network last month in Cape Town and the Tunas Mulia Domestic Workers Union from Indonesia.
On the occasion of the second anniversary on 16 June of ILO Convention 189, which will enter into force on 5 September 2013, SOLIDAR and the Global Network are launching four case studies on the ratification process going on in four African countries (Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe).