in the news 20171208 – 20171229

                                                      in the news 20171208 – 20171229


* Vietnamese businesses balk at raising minimum wage every year: commerce chamber

* Businesses renew request to double Vietnam’s overtime limit: commerce chamber

* Higher social insurance premiums to benefit workers

* Roadmap proposed for calculating pensions for female workers

* Firms grapple with year-end labour crunch

* Garment-textile export earnings likely to hit $31 billion–31-billion.html

* Textile industry dyeing for capacity

* Shoe industry gears up to go hi-tech

* Over 126,800 new enterprises set up in 2017


* Despite Arbitration Council ruling, garment factory dispute rolls on

* Workers protest over ‘RCAF’ factory guards

* Factory workers blocked

* Labour Ministry downplays Walmart’s concerns over working conditions, politics

* Walmart to place more orders for Cambodian goods


* 75% women garment workers face verbal abuse: study

* Workers complain of frequent violation of labour law

* Child labour survives furtively

* 31 workers saved from Shyampur factory fire

* Fire at Dhaka textile mill under control

* 15 labourers injured as bus plunges into Rajshahi ditch (labourers of Aman Jute Mill)

* Local RMG units violate workers’ rights severely

* 21 RMG workers hurt in Narayanganj road accident

* BD takes GST advantage to make inroads into India’s RMG market

* RMG wage board formation likely next week

* Machines threaten RMG workers’ jobs

* Bangladesh again denied GSP

* Apparel exports saved by sturdy dollar

* BD’s 1st RMG factory in prison opens Wednesday

* Modernising RMG industry: Preparing for post-China era

* State-owned textile mills under PPP

* EZs to employ 0.27m people in five years

* Textile directorate gets new name to expand


* Fire in hosiery factory in Ludhiana

* Textile factories gutted in fire in Ganderbal:
Massive fire gutted two textile factories in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Friday. Fire erupted in the textile factories today evening and engulfed the adjacent structures.

* Mill worker deaths fuels employment concerns in India garment sector

* Jaya Shree Textiles unit in West Bengal hit by labour unrest

* Central Trade Unions call for Nation-Wide Strike against Government’s Anti-Labour Policies

* Textiles, garment industry not out of the woods yet

* Gujarat, Tamil Nadu​ powerloom firms make the most of solar energy scheme

* Textile ministry seeks more funds for powerlooms

* For powerlooms in Tamil Nadu, GST a potent disruptor

* Trade Unions must go beyond labour issues: top woman TU leader

* 9 lakh cotton farmers seek payout for pest attack

* Cotton worth Rs 1.28 crore stolen from godown

* Pink bollworm attack adds distress to Hyderabad cotton farmers

* High demand brings acche din for cotton farmers


* Fire erupts in cotton factory

* Up in flames: Towel factory gutted in fire in Karachi

* UN Women launches project for home-based workers

* Trade unions

* Factories asked to enforce minimum wages policy by end of January

* Value-added textile exports rise 12%

* Apparel producers more innovative than unstitched segment: study

* PCGA opposes cotton import from India


* ‘Factory of tomorrow’: Egypt aims to replace Far East as cheap clothing king


* Textile and garment sector stands to benefit from EVFTA (EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement) 

* Textile-garment trade surplus may hit US$15.5 billion this year

* Textile industry in the throes of change brought by automation


* Protesters to stop blocking road

* Gawon workers block road again over unpaid wages

* PM dares landlords to get any rent hikes for garment workers from him

* Garment workers faced with rising rent

* Pro-government unions slam calls for sanctions

* PM praises factories for ousting ‘gangsters’

* Controversial Trade Union Law having desired effect?

* EU not taking action on garment industry

* More work to be done fighting corruption in business: TI report

* Boiler safety training rolls out


* Workers call again for reinstatement of 2 leaders


* Stop pollution from Savar tanneries: green activist

* EZ firm must give $120-$1,500 a month to workers’ welfare fund

* Textile millers want to import furnace oil without duty amid gas shortage

* CEBAI plans to train more garment workers, factory managers

* Govt to revive 13 textiles mills under PPP

* Nov exports up 6%, lifted by garment sales

* Dutch organisation to ensure health of BD RMG workers, deal signed

* Declining women employment

* One more injured worker in Gazipur factory blast dies


* HC issues notices to labour unions of Century Textile mill & Wearit Global Ltd

* Officials to check sale of genetically-modified cotton seeds in Telangana

* Ryots told to destroy cotton crop

* Ruling party MLAs join cotton protests

* Cotton yarn exports fall 10% y-o-y on poor China demand

* ‘Pink bollworm crisis hyped by opposition, cotton arrival more than last year’

* Finally, cotton farmers have mandi to get fair price
* Cotton finally fetching Rs5k/quintal but not much left to harvest

* Textile traders worried over 12% GST on unstitched fabrics

* India rejects move to include non-trade issues in WTO

* Apparel Export Promotion Council asks government to reduce GST rates

* Overcapacity hurting denim fabric industry, say experts

* Powerloom weavers urged to enrol for free insurance scheme|

* Govt clears Rs 1,300-cr skill dev scheme for textile sector


* Sindh govt opposes plea to make Baldia factory, Uzair Baloch JIT reports public

* Police seek …(see 2nd item:Two get pre-arrest interim bail in Baldia factory fire case

* Industries face action for not paying minimum wages to workers

* ‘60m working people in country still deprived of basic rights’

* Secure labour

* Apparel sector wants tax-free yarn import


* H&M to close more stores as customers go online



* Garment, textile sector still strong

* Inspectors find no silk in top Vietnamese silk brand’s products


* Garment workers block road over unpaid salaries

* One dead in garment truck crash

* Minimum wage law edges closer

* Kingdom’s factory registrations on the rise in 2017

* Kingdom on track for good 2018, says AMRO

* Productivity boost a must for garment and footwear sectors

* Cambodia’s garment export growth expected to slow next year: GMAC

* Garment sector officials call for calm after meeting EU ambassador


* Garment factory fire losses set at K720m

* Employers reject workers’ call for higher minimum wage

* Better employee welfare key to improving garment industry


* A Third of Myanmar’s Population Living in Poverty


* Worker burnt in Gazipur factory dies (cosmetics factory)

* 11 workers burned in Gazipur gas cylinder blast (cosmetics factory)

* Wage board for garment workers likely this month

* Bangladesh now model of workplace safety: ILO chief

* RMG export to India sees stellar growth, China falls in Jul-Nov

* RMG yet to woo prospective graduates: BGMEA

* The fourth industrial revolution and the possibility of automation

* Apparel skills development centre needs a boost: analysts

* Bangladesh apparels at a crossroads


* Godowns of 10 cotton seed cos raided, stocks sent for testing

* Pesticide poisoning continues to claim farmers’ lives in Maharashtra

* Cotton yield to be 10% lower over last season despite increased acreage

* Cotton rates above MSP but below profit levels

* Bt technology increased cotton yield but not profit for farmers

* Deadly mix: Paying with lives for profits and pest-free yield

* No work in Punjab, labourers head to Gujarat to pick cotton

* India’s garment imports from Bangladesh up 56%

* GST’s reverse charge mechanism: Cotton millers to go on strike

* Textiles Min zeroes in on 13 nations to expand market share

* Tenders for textile museum to be floated within fortnight


* (Baldia) UAE hands over MQM’s ex-leader Hammad Siddiqui to Pakistan


* Cosatu members protest after Durban company strips female workers naked


* How Monsanto’s GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

* Global garment exports fall: WTO


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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
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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
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