in the news 20171019 – 20171108

                                                     in the news 20171019 – 20171108


* Vietnamese garment industry faces fierce competition from China, Myanmar

* Workers face daunting Industry 4.0 challenge
(…About 86% of Việt Nam’s apparel and footwear workers are expected to lose their jobs in the next 15 years)

* Vietnam should cut down FDI incentives in favor of local companies: MP


* Walmart deal boosts garment industry:

* Factory owners pay up after workers protest

* Garment factory clinic pilot inadequate say workers, experts

* Garment sector torn over wage hike

* Apparel leads surge of Kingdom exports

* Talking productivity with GMAC’s training centre director Andrew Tey


* Unions seek K5600 minimum wage

* Export earnings of garment sector hit $1.3bn


* Female garment workers’ dormitory has no takers

* TRADE UNION REGISTRATION: Govt wants little cut in workers’ representation threshold

* Govt to solve housing problem of apparel workers: Shajahan

* 1,307 Accord-listed factories behind schedule:

* Fire at Bogra jute mill doused

* Fire breaks out at jute mill in Jessore:

* Fire at Ctg jute mill, firefighters among 5 burnt

* 8,000 female labourers attain self-reliance by working at Bogra jute mills

* Bizcare to hold int’l conference in Dhaka on Nov 21-22
(The ensuing international conference and expo on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Dhaka will have special focus on the readymade garments (RMG) sector, organisers said.)

* European investors keen on Bangladesh
(…For instance, 24 years ago, international retailers did not want to travel to Gazipur, where the garment factories were mushrooming then.
“But now, Gazipur has become the centre point for garment sourcing companies. This is the way Bangladesh changed over the last 24 years.”…)

* Garment exports to US in slow lane
(Garment export from Bangladesh to the US has not been growing much in recent months as other countries like India, Vietnam, Pakistan and even Mexico are gaining ground in the market.
….“Those investors are yet to retreat from Vietnam. That’s why Vietnam is performing very well in the US markets and we are going down,” …)

* Home textile industry in a fix

* Savar leather estate project delayed again


* Industry not paying minimum wages has no right to continue: Delhi HC

* Garment exporters warn government of nationwide protests if duty drawback is not hiked

* Business hit, enforce fuel ban in phases: Garment industry

* Industry welcomes initiatives for powerloom sector

* CCI procures 250 quintals of cotton at MSP

* Bt cotton eating into other crop areas, crackdown on

* Cotton ready for harvest, crop loss likely in a few pockets

* CBI to probe pesticide poisoning deaths of 48 farmers in Maharashtra (& 800 farmers hospitalised)

* Cotton ready for harvest, crop loss likely in a few pockets

* Now, special officials to monitor cotton purchase in Warangal

* Rahul Gandhi to discuss GST issues with meet textile traders in Surat today

* GST relief too late, damage already done: Textile leaders

* A fading trademark: Handloom weavers of Thathayangarpettai move on

* 9 october: ‘Prevent suicides in knitwear industry’


* Women and wages in Pakistan

* Govt urged to ensure right to fair trial for all
(..They also emphasised the need to understand the challenges being faced by Pakistan and asked the international community for continued cooperation to help Pakistan to improve human and labour rights situation in Pakistan.
The consultation on Human Rights Treaties and Core Labour Rights, organised by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) was…)

* 40% of one million powerlooms closed: FCCI

* Powerloom workers announce protest campaign

* Textile sector: Revision in incentive policy lauded

* FIA team to bring Hammad Siddiqui back from Dubai (Baldia factory fire)

* ‘Four govt servants acted as facilitators in Baldia factory fire tragedy’

* Hammad Siddiqui makes shocking revelations about Baldia incident

* Baldia factory fire accused Hammad Siddiqui likely to be extradited by next week: sources

* Baldia factory fire:
The horrible pre-planned incident of torching the Baldia Town factory on the instructions of a powerful lobby in the MQM because of non-payment of “protection money” by the factory owners in which 258 workers of the factory were burnt alive became the cause of the MQM’s debacle.
I appeal to the prosecution to prepare a flawless case against the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Hasan Afzaal
Published in Dawn, November 4th, 2017

* Baldia factory fire: UAE gets Pak request to hand over Hammad Siddiqui

* ‘Govt uninterested in addressing issues of exports sector’

* Cotton production rises 17.07%


* Child Labor Returns to Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields

* Workers get only 4% of price of clothes sold in Australia: Oxfam


* Textile & garment projects revived, but face new barriers—garment-projects-revived–but-face-new-barriers.html

* Vietnamese workers could earn $13,000 per year at special economic zones: official


* 19 hurt in garment factory boiler explosion

* A close look at the garment sector with GMAC’s John Cha

* Garment exports to slow


* Factory sacks ten workers, alleging thefts

* Myanmar garment sector sees explosive growth

* Thai footwear-maker to sign MoU with Myanmar workers


* 3000 Myanmar workers stage protest in shoe factory


* MTUC tells private firms not to resist 90 days maternity leave


* Discrimination against women in RMG

* 16 young trade union leaders trained

* Inclusive business: Ladder for higher productivity, better working condition

* Are enough actions being taken to ensure safe working conditions in RMG industry?

* Bangladesh RMG industry needs innovation, but the risks must be managed

* Labour rights better now: BGMEA chief

* Accord may stay beyond 2018

* Accord to stay on till a local regulator takes over

* Ethiopia: A new competitor for Bangladesh RMG export?

* A unique platform for the global textile value-chain (ITMF- The International Textile Manufacturers Federation )

* Corruption huge problem for Bangladesh trade, investment climate: Bernicat

* The American market for Bangladesh garments

* Marks & Spencer to source more from Bangladesh


* Khadi, handloom empowering poor, says PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat radio programme

* Angry farmers destroy cotton crops in 3 districts

* Man who exposed illegal HT cotton sale wanted govt to act

* Telangana cotton farmers worst affected by Tobacco Streak Virus: Study

* What MSP? Traders take Telangana cotton farmers for a ride

* Powerloom weavers to protest against SMC

* Powerloom sector sceptical of Centre’s SAATHI initiative

* Textile traders’ anger over GST may hit BJP’s prospects in five assembly seats


* Sexual harassment at workplace: Lack of awareness lets harassers go scot free

* Hammad Siddiqui will be given ‘clean chit’ soon, predicts MQM leader (Baldia factory fire)

* SHC summons complete records in Baldia factory fire case

* Baldia factory fire prime suspect Hammad Siddiqui ‘arrested in Dubai’

* SHC restrains action against business partners of Ali Enterprises

* Textile Mill worker’s arm amputated after accident

* Meeting to address issues facing textile industry soon

* PTI working on draft textile policy

* CM approves garments city project

* Invisible workers (home-based workers)


* Beijing garment industry resists Congress lockdown


* VN textile industry needs to spin a new yarn

* Fast fashion competition bursting at the seams in Vietnam


* Unpaid workers camp out

* Workers told of wages boost

* One hurt in factory blast

* Boost for the garment industry


* Labour confederation wants new K6600 minimum wage

* Garment workers live in shadow of poverty


* Mauritius recruits apparel workers free of migration cost

* BTUC demands revamp of labour law

* Labour leaders for repealing laws against workers’ rights

* Repeal laws curtailing workers’ democratic rights: labour leaders

* Gas crisis affects production at 350 apparel units: BGMEA

* 22 firms sign MoUs for investment in Kakatiya Textile Park

* Cotton waste smuggling to India causes raw materials crisis


* Major fire at hosiery unit in Ludhiana

* 18 Years and Counting: Florin D and UNISco Workers Wait for Justice
(about shoe factories workers)

* TRS leaders object to Ponnam’s charges
(‘Wrong to say that Vinod Kumar is behind shifting of textile mill to Warangal’ )

* A turning point in Tirupur
(Migrant labourers help garment exporters production schedule up in post-Deepavali days)

* State inks 14 MoU with textile companies

* Black day for Sircilla weavers: Ponnam

* Textile processors, weavers oppose SMC’s waste collection project

* Warangal textile park promises opportunities for locals, weavers

* Mega Textile Park: Telangana State government inks 14 MoUs

* Is Kakatiya textile park a part of SITP?, BJP asks Tel govt

* Uncertain weather, pests hit cotton yield in Warangal; farmers blame BT variety

* Illegal GM cotton spreads in Telangana, officials say ball in Centre’s court

* Govt to take action after ICAR probe on spurious cotton seeds

* Gujarat cotton farmers to get Rs 100 per 20 kg bonus

* Puma relishes Rihanna brand impact, fears discounts


* SITE garments factory fire causes millions in damage

* Home-based workers and social protection

* Call for protecting rights of home-based workers

* ‘Regularise home-based workers, register them with SESSI, EOBI’

* Approved policy on home-based women workers yet to be enforced

* Cotton production up 37%

* Cotton trading remains firm on demand for better grades

* Pakistan fails to achieve desired results from GSP Plus

* Crisis turns powerlooms into junk: Dismantled units are being sold at Rs65 per kg

* Digital printing will spark revolution in textile industry: LCCI

* Textile exports up 8% to $3.26 billion in July-Sept

* Textile, clothing exports grow 8%


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