in the news 23-29 March 2018


* Fire rips through clothing factory – Nobody was injured

* Vietnamese women outnumbered by men in top management roles: report

* Mekong Delta province to have 14 industrial hubs

* Vietnamese labourers facing with challenge of Industry 4.0

* Vietnam unprepared for imminent 4th Industrial Revolution: experts

* Vietnam-France bilateral trade enjoys continuous growth

* Strangers go to Dak Nong Province to recruit children to work in HCM City
….Similarly, Phàng A Hồng (also at Phú Vinh Village) has two daughters (16 and 14 year old), who are working in a garment factory in HCM City. He said that they just telephoned saying life was very difficult…


* Dismissed unionist mulling court

* Authorities call for increased surveillance of unions, NGOs

* PM muses on minimum wage growth

* PM predicts at least $250 per month for garment workers in 2023


* Binding Power: The Sourcing Squeeze, Workers’ Rights, and Building Safety in Bangladesh Since Rana Plaza

* Appointment cards keep eluding garment workers: Govt findings

* Accord cuts ties with 10 more RMG factories

* Effective implementation of GFAs in the garment industry

* How Bangladesh should respond to global apparel industry changes

* Fire at jute mill in Khulna guts warehouses


* ‘Violation of labour laws rampant at garment units in Madurai’

* Petitions filed to revise minimum wages

* Why women are falling off the employment map

* Urinals don’t exist in 30% textile units: Study


* In T.N., the Army scouts for T-shirts and chemical protection

* Must tweak rules to stop entry of Chinese fabrics: Official

* MoS textiles to interact with industry captains, SGCCI

* Tirupur exporters upset over govt’s advance tax collection method

* Textile traders to join hands to clear water hyacinth from Tapi

* Building sealed


* Cotton spinners to recover profits on improving demand: Icra

* Govt. committed to revival of handlooms: KTR

* Collaborative training for Telangana women weavers

* Second to none


* After pest attack, cotton growers battle poor prices, huge losses

* Farmers rally in Maharashtra: it’s time for a reality check

* Police seize fake cotton seed, 3 arrested

* Cotton loaded truck catches fire in Sendhwa

* Greaves Cotton declares Closure of Chennai Plant: Workers on Protest


* Disbursement of pension to families of Baldia fire victims begins

* Govt agrees to stop cotton imports during crop picking

* Ban on cultivation of cotton before April 1
There is a complete ban on cultivation of cotton in the province before the start of April. Punjab agriculture department sources said this here on Sunday.
Sources said that attack chances of pink bollworm onearly-sown cotton increases. And keeping in view the possibility, the department has banned early sowing of
the crop.
Sources furthe r said that field teams have been mobilized to counter the attack of white fly andpink bollworm.

* APTMA assured of resolution of their demands

* Export sector upbeat on growth prospect after China’s assurance
Industrial export sector of the country would get level playing field following assurance of Chinese government that it would hold a meeting on the status of negotiations on phase II of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Executive members of industrial export sectors, including textile, leather, marble and others described the step as a good omen for country’s industrial export as FTA with China had been “denting the exports, besides influx of duty free goods into country making domestic industry uncompetitive”.

Proposed waivers on products in Pakistan under FTA was a threat to domestic industry, which had already been braving high cost of doing business and higher cost of value-added imports.

Talking to Daily Times, Agha Saiddain of tanning sector, Ghulam Rabbani of yarn and cotton, Sanaullah Khan of onyx and marble, Jawed Bilwani of apparel and others were of the view that waiver in duties on Chinese products had made the local industry uncompetitive. “Our industry is totally ignored and placed under
tremendous pressure.”…


* Do you know who made it? Young Asians campaign to stop slavery


* H&M’s famously cheap clothes are about to get even cheaper

* No spring in H&M’s profits after cold snap


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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
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