in the news 20171108 – 20171122

                                                 in the news 20171108 – 20171122



* Leather, footwear industries expand exports to EU

* Industry, trade sector see strong growth in HCM City

* Vietnamese fashion brands warn they may lose home market

* Foreign brands up the ante in fashion market

* What does Vietnam expect from the ‘TPP without the US’?–tpp-without-the-us–.html


* Garment workers renew strike over unpaid wages at Korean factory
More than 500 Garment workers protest again over unpaid wages

* Government to give tax break to subsidise garment wage

* PM doles out cash, caution to capital garment workers

* PM urges unionist not to flee

* Garment buyers asked to bring in tech

* EBA scheme in jeopardy after CNRP ruling

* US review of GSP scheme expected to be smooth


* IMF says economy ‘rebounding’, but more reforms needed

* Damco Myanmar opens 10,000sqm logistics centre in East Dagon
(mainly serve the country’s expanding garments industry)

* Nordic Technology Group opens garment export facility in Yangon

* Myanmar aims to enjoy massive inflow of FDI next year

( * Plastic Factory workers file complaints over wages


* RMG workers block road at Mirpur

* RMG workers stage demo in Mirpur

* Govt okays draft labour laws

* Govt goes for slab-based worker participation for TU registration (AMENDED DRAFT LABOUR LAW)

* Govt sets April 2018 deadline for completing remediation

* Law minister: Labour Act to be amended considering EU recommendations

* Ctg cotton factory gutted in fire

* Fire at jute mill

* One out of 22 govt operated jute mills profitable, minister tells JS

* Growth beyond RMG

Punishment of Delwar, other accused demanded

* Toxic tannery wastes used in poultry feed flouting HC ban

* Acute noise pollution by EPZ leather factory

* Tanneries at Savar polluting Dhaleshwari, Buriganga

* Handlooms hang by a thread



* Caught in labour trap
-Child labour law, policies inadequate; social awareness, safety net, economic incentives can save children from engaging in labour-


* Fire raises disturbing questions, traders not aware of fire safety norms

* The power loom workers’ wage revision talks postponed

* Cotton Farmers smell huge scam in Cotton Lint fixation

* 30% less yield as 50% cotton hit by pests

* 2 cos booked for faulty Bt cotton

* Bollworm attack: compensate cotton farmers, says Pawar

* Walk revisits city’s textile heritage spots

* City garment Inc stares at major losses as exports nosedive

* Shoddy GST regime hits Indian economy, leads to job losses

* NIFT to train 10K youth in textile sector

 * Ludhiana (plastic) factory collapse toll rises to 10


* Occupational health and safety bill

* Prices of used warm clothes soar as mercury falls

* Rauf Siddiqui summoned in Baldia factory fire case

* Rauf Siddiqui granted interim bail

* Workers’ safety to be ensured in the province

* Three demands of powerloom industry accepted

* Over 40% of companies did not pay any tax in 2016

* Textile exports up 8% in 4 months

* Textile, clothing exports grow 7%


* Textile, garment expo attracts 400 exhibitors

* Zara and H&M herald Vietnam’s retail market potential

* Adidas leads way as four companies win Stop Slavery Award


* Garment factories told to prioritise boiler safety


* Government seeks to match young workers with good jobs


* When Sri Lanka re-writes its constitution trade union rights should be considered


* BGMEA requests govt to form wage board for RMG workers

* Rana Plaza owner denied bail in graft case

* HC rejects Rana Plaza owner’s bail plea in graft case

* HC denies Rana Plaza owner’s bail

* Alliance wants ‘credible, independent body’

* Apparel exporters fall prey to Tk 600cr fraud

* BGMEA – Incidents continue coming to light

* BD to be leading actor in global footwear market, say experts


* Garment exports dive 41% in October on GST woes

* Apparel exporters seek pre-GST drawback as immediate relief

* Ginners, cotton traders in fix as RCM made compulsory

* Daily wagers stall textile parcel delivery, want double wages

* Ivanka Trump ‘excited’ about entrepreneurship summit, PM Modi responds


* No compromise acceptable in Baldia factory fire probe: PTI

* PTI demands justice for victims of Baldia factory fire

* PTI sets up camp for Baldia factory fire victims


* Nike’s Sexual Harassment Record in Asia: Think Roy Moore Times 100s Per Year for 35 Years!


* ILO offers wage reform recommendations to Vietnam

* First export processing zone spotlight in HCM City


* Fire destroys garment factory

* Short-term contracts set to be phased out

* Protesting workers return to factory floor

* Workers protest for better conditions

* Two die as crowded workers’ truck rolls

* Driver held after 95 workers hurt in crash

* Government approves new garment factory investment


* Minimum wage debate returns to Myanmar

* Workers welcome changes to social security system

* 1 of 24 State-owned Factories Operating at a Loss Starts to Yield Profits
(… textile factory in Myingyan Township of Mandalay Region has started to yield profits after 18 months of overhaul and partnership with a private company, said the minister….)

* Child labour endured by 9% of child population


* RMG WORKERS – Move taken to review wages

* Govt wants little cut in workers’ representation threshold

* Job insecurity, social taboos barriers for women’s participation in trade union

* Closing gender gaps — highs and lows

* Apparel exporters fall prey to Tk 600cr fraud

* Jute mill gutted in Bogra

* Developing a garment and knit village in Sunamganj

* People want tannery factories at Savar to be shut until CETP was installed

* Bangladesh to see six new denim mills in 2yrs

* Mental health in the workplace


* Post talks with firm, garment workers suspend agitation

* GST has hurt textile industry in election bound Gujarat, say traders

* Bengaluru’s powerloom industry gets death blow from GST (GST= Goods and Services Tax)

* Fire breaks out at garment unit in Mumbai’s Lower Parel

* Day after fire, case filed against factory owner

* Air pollution: Gurgaon shuts down polluting factories till November 14

* Telangana government will waive weavers’ loans up to RS 1 lakh: KT Rama Rao

* Handloom, handicraft artisans seek complete waiver of GST

* Note ban, GST have broken textile hub Surat’s legs: Rahul Gandhi

* With its yarn, this mill eyes a few yuan

* Bihar govt’s bid to attract investors in textile sector

* Washable, printed circuits for smart clothes developed

* Bata India second quarter net profit rises 24 per cent to Rs 43 crore


* Loadshedding renders powerloom workers jobless (2nd item)

* NA to discuss textile industry’s challenges

* Global buyers need quality textile products: APTMA

* Textile sector’s spinning dilemma

* Textile exporters criticise FBR for delaying refunds

* Aptma wants to import cotton from India

* Cotton imports: Govt turns to non-tariff barriers after higher duties fail

* Ittefaq Textile Mills to be auctioned on Dec 15


* ASEAN leaders meet in the shadow of security, workers rights challenges

* Asean signs free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong
* Hong Kong-Asean trade deal a boon for Cambodia


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I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
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I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
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