in the news 20171122 – 20171208

                                                      in the news 20171122 – 20171208

China – Cambodia

* Outsourcing Exploitation: Chinese and Cambodian Garment Workers Compared


* Regional conference highlight female labourers, trade union’s role
* New framework sets Việt Nam-ILO cooperation-pact on sustainable employment

* Portal on EU market launched for VN exporters

* Boom of fast fashion in Vietnam


* All factories to have infirmaries next year

* Minister tackles factory faintings

* Hundreds of garment workers faint in Takeo

* PM chides protesting workers

* Garment workers protest to demand better conditions

* Workers’ bonus fight

* Garment factory fined after pollution claims

* Business owners urged to register with NSSF

* A ‘conflict of interest’? Lobbyists and unionists get government positions

* Transparency International workshop presses business to be open

* GMAC urges international community to continue supporting garment industry amid political crackdown


* Minimum wage could be coming next May

* Committee agrees on up to 5% rise for workers (minimum daily wage)


* Govt, Employers, Employees Set to Meet to Discuss Minimum Wage

* Myanmar garment industry stuck in 1993 due to lack of resources

* Equipment suppliers target garment manufacturers


* Star Jute Mill workers protest at assault on official

* RMG workers suffer most (Ctg Transport Strike )

* Are factories better in Bangladesh after Rana Plaza? That depends on who you ask

* BKMEA signs trilateral MoU to facilitate RMG workers’ family

* Merchandise shipment earnings up by 6.86%

* Nilphamari textile mill back in operation after 22 years

* Export earnings post modest growth of 6.86pc in Jul-Nov

* Businesses, mainly RMG, enjoy Tk 34,880cr duty benefit in FY17

* Groom ‘local talent for mid-management positions in RMG industry’

* Remittance on the rise as RMG export to US declines


* Fire at garments factory in Noida

* 3 dead, 2 hurt in factory fire

* Retrenched Greaves Cotton Workers Demand Answers from the Company

* Textile labour association celebrates 100 years

* BJP, Congress go all out to woo textile traders

* Powerloom weavers asked to maintain power factor

* Pesticide poisoning deaths on the rise in Tamil Nadu, says fact-finding panel

* TS sounds alarm over Monsanto’s hazardous, illegal HT cotton trait

* Maharashtra: 50% cotton crop under pest attack, losses touch Rs 15,000 crore

* farmers to get damages

* Maharashtra government seeks Centre aid for pest-infested cotton crop

* Carcinogenic cotton seed enters Telangana (produced by US giant Monsanto)

* Gujarat polls: Cotton farmers in dire straits in BJP bastion

* Bt seed cos may have to pay up for cotton losses

* Pest attack on cotton crop in Maharashtra worsens farm sector crisis

* New fabric-based battery to power ‘smart’ clothes

* Textiles, agri industry hails mid-term review of FT Policy

* Address issues stunting garment sector growth, say exporters

* Textile imports rise after GST kicks in

* FIRE INCIDENT: Workers stage protest, want labour laws enforced

* Ivanka criticised for cultural appropriation on choice of clothing during India visit


* Worker killed, two hurt in leather factory fire

* PCGA assails duty-free import of cotton

* Sack race, textile industry and subsidies


* Work still to be done on EU trade deal: experts

* VN fashion industry faces threat of takeover by foreign brands

* Adidas overseas SpeedFactories: how will it affect VN footwear industry?–how-will-it-affect-vn-footwear-industry-.html

* Vietnam sees bright future for apparel exports to APEC

* ILO: Vietnam should extend social protection to informal economy–vietnam-should-extend-social-protection-to-informal-economy.html


* Garment workers fear rent hike

* Unions fear foreign sanctions

* Unions petition ambassadors on trade


* Campaigns to increase minimum wage held in 11 townships


* Sweater factory workers continue demo

* Proper compensation for Tazreen victims demanded

* Compensation for workers’ loss of earnings still uncertain in Bangladesh: int’l rights group

* Making strides in workers’ rights –
Five years after Tazreen, grassroots, worker-led negotiations are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the RMG sector

* Labour leaders demand compensation for victims, punishment for factory owner

* 5 years of Tazreen tragedy: Survivors still cry for justice

* 5 years on, Tazreen fire case in slow lane

* 80% married women face from partners: report

* Mixed fortunes for garments units

* New markets for Bangladesh garments

* Going green to woo foreign buyers

* RMG export to the EU: The challenges ahead of Bangladesh

* Tannery shifting limps

* Directorate of labour upgraded to department

* Tech advances may affect jobs in apparel
(ILO employment specialist says production should focus on both export and domestic markets)

* The glooming and booming apparel retailing markets

* Textiles ministry takes back five more mills


* Trade unions seek minimum wages for mill workers

* Rajasthan: 3 killed as under-construction water tank collapses

* 7,000 cotton bales of Andhra Pradesh destroyed in fire

* Fire breaks out at cotton factory, goods worth Rs12 lakh gutted

* Close shave for 15 men in another factory fire

* Garment exporters demand restoration of pre-GST rates

* Arun Jaitley assures textile traders of resolving GST procedural issues

* Clear incentive deficit to spur garment exports growth, central govt urged

* Centre will look into your concerns, Jaitley tells Surat textile traders

* Govt announces measures to boost garment exports

* Govt doubles incentives rates for garments, made-ups to 4%

* Textile industry welcome MEIS rate increase

* Powerlooms, Patidars and poll play in Surat

* ‘Guj, TN powerlooms took max benefits of solar energy scheme’


* Woman power in full flow at the GES’s Plenary Session

* Chidambaram contradicts Ivanka’s claim crediting PM Narendra Modi for reducing poverty in India

* Ivanka, Modi boost each other politically at global business meet

* India can grow by over $150 bn if labour gender gap closed: Ivanka Trump

* Ivanka Trump to promote women in India amid questions about workers who make her clothes there

(…”If Ivanka truly wants her legacy to include protecting working women,” said Judy Gearhart, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum, “she needs to start with the women in her supply chain.”…

…Women make up 60% of India’s garment sector, according to government data cited by the industry-backed Clean Clothes Campaign, though that does not count the large informal sector of women who sew from home. )

* PM Modi violated protocol by hosting dinner for Ivanka Trump: Congress
(… “Thus, the entire process raises questions,” he said. )

* World media reports how Ivanka Trump stole show at Hyderabad


* SSP who has Baldia fire probe record transferred, Sindh High Court told

* Vigilance committees demanded to stop violence against women

* Hosiery makers seek duty drawback procedure

* Government allows cotton import from India, but sets tougher rules

* World Bank report highlights issues for Pakistan’s labour force

Dominican Republic

*The Tiny Dominican Factory That Disproves the Need for Sweatshops


* Fast fashion challenges VN firms

* Programme for women, girls subjected to violence launched

* International textile and garment exhibition opens in HCM City


* Workers faint from factory polish fumes

* Private sector worried over universal wage law

* ILO suggests worker safety committee

* Garment worker crash in Takeo leaves one dead

* Garment worker dead after transporter crash

* Workers get time off for meeting Hun Sen

* Hun Sen says sanctions would only hurt workers


* Sports equipment maker meets worker demands, settling dispute

* Clothing factory ordered to pay 52 workers


* Minimum wage for RMG workers

* Tazreen tragedy trial lingers in deposition delays

* Injured couldn’t yet resume normal activities

* RMG workers demand justice for Tazreen victims

* Tazreen Fire: 5 years on, the pain lingers

* 5 years of Tazreen factory fire: Victims still cry for justice

* 64% RMG workers can’t make ends meet

* Call for ensuring women-friendly atmosphere at RMG units

* Govt must ensure justice for victims of Tazreen fire

Bankrupt owner laments ignoring compliance

* Bangladesh women’s income on the rise

* Ctg apparel factory workers demo demanding payment of dues

* Garment makers call for fresh wage board

* The factory of the future

* Chinese garments firm scraps micro lending plan amid crackdown

* The lives behind the label


* GST tears apart textile sector, BJP says angst won’t hit poll prospects

* India’s cotton exports to drop sharply

* Saurashtra ginners threaten to stop buying cotton over RCM

* India cotton exports to drop as pink bollworms eat crop, grow resistant to Bt cotton seeds

* Trial for mechanized picking of cotton starts

* Not so run-of-the-mill: Tour Mumbai’s textile hubs, years after their closure


* ‘MQM leaders ordered arson attack at Ali Enterprises’ (Baldia factory fire)

* Crunch time for Faisalabad’s hosiery sector

* Textile industry demands reforms to further boost exports


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