in the news 19-26 April 2018


* Month for work safety to be launched in May

* TAL Group’s $350-million project refused over environmental risks?
Despite its eagerness to develop a $350-million textile and garment dyeing project in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, Hong Kong-backed TAL Group may fail to get the investment certificate due to the provincial authorities’ concerns about environmental pollution….

* Textile-garment exports seen at $35b this year

* Optimistic outlook for textile and garment exports in 2018

* PM calls for new measures to boost exports

* Vietnam is big winner of free trade deals

! Internet connections slows in Việt Nam as int’l undersea cable down


* Workers protest closed factory

* Unpaid workers planning procession

* Labour group appeals for Workers’ Day march

* Massive May Day rally planned for capital

* PM warns unions ahead of poll

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

* GSP extension comes into effect

* EU, US unlikely to revoke trade status, research group says


* garment workers appeal CEO Uniqlo in letters to take action on severance debt


* Protesters seek justice, demand compensation

* Vigil held in remembrance of Rana Plaza victims

* Rana Plaza’s ‘forgotten’ victims battle poverty as money dries up

* Justice demanded on Rana Plaza anniversary

* Fifth anniversary: People from all walks of life pay tribute to Rana Plaza victims

* 5 yrs on, families of many Rana Plaza tragedy victims get nothing

* About 50% survivors still unemployed

* Wounds of Rana Plaza collapse fester on

* Survivors’ woes continue

* Rana Plaza: In remembrance at Jurain graveyard

* Rana Plaza victims remembered at Savar


* “They have forgotten the lessons of Rana Plaza”

* Five years of agony: Bangladesh factory disaster survivors await justice

* Bangladesh factories still unsafe five years after collapse

* Five years after Rana Plaza, Bangladesh still needs $1.2 billion fix

* Five years on from Rana Plaza: ‘Increase national capacity instead of foreign dependency’

* Five years on from Rana Plaza: Workers’ empowerment key to making workplace safety sustainable


* Global fashion giants yet to establish fair supply chain

* Rana Plaza was a man-made disaster: Rushanara Ali


* Lessons from Rana Plaza
We have learnt ours, have the buyers learnt any?

* Five years after the collapse of Rana Plaza, investors take stock of progress made to safeguard garment workers

* Five years on, no headway in Rana Plaza case as testimonies stall

* Stakeholders recall Rana Plaza tragedy


* Rana Plaza collapse: Demo held demanding death penalty for Rana

* No progress in Rana Plaza cases trial proceedings

* Rana Plaza trials stuck in stay

* Court sets May 16 for deposition over Rana Plaza collapse case


* 13 years since first ever garment factory collapse

* Brands sourcing from Bangladesh urged to support workers’ minimum wage demands

* How women labour leaders are changing the landscape in RMG


* Bangladesh still popular for low-cost apparel

* Danish retailers pay highest for apparel
Survey finds UK is the lowest payer


* RMG workers’ database not ready even after 5yrs
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association is yet to complete the central biometric database of garment workers five years after taking up the initiative….


* Cash payment deprives RMG workers of banking benefits

* Sarathi: Vehicle for financial inclusion of RMG workers launched


* Global fashion giants yet to establish fair supply chain

* Remediation of left-out RMG factories

* Alliance to form joint entity to oversee factory safety


* SOCIAL AUDITS IN APPAREL INDUSTRY: Certified safety or reckless reports?

* Apparel Workers’ Safety: Promises made mostly not implemented

* RMG Since Rana Plaza Disaster: Workplace safety improved a lot

* SMO, Transitional Accord to monitor safety progress in RMG sector

* RMG sector now role model for safe working condition, claims BGMEA
Bangladesh’s garment industry now a model for workplace safety

* BGMEA critical of ‘propaganda’ against industry



* Textile millers demand fair prices for gas, power

* Garment makers seek full waiver of source tax

* Trade-based money laundering on the rise


* Two workers charred to death in garment unit fire

* Delhi’s Factory Fires Swallow More Workers
In the sixth such incident this year, and fourth this month, two workers died in a fire at a jeans manufacturing unit in Shahdara.
A total of 28 workers have reportedly died in factory fires in 2018 so far….

* In Narol, the Lives of Migrant Garment Workers Hang By a Thread

* Fortunes begin to swing for Sircilla weavers
Apparel park would employ over 10,000 people, with focus on women ….

* Samarth scheme launched to train 10L youths in textile sector


* Endgame for garment exports?

* Miffed over fall in exports, garment exporters demand cut in lending rate


* Minimise wastage at source

* Polyester project proposed at Bhadrak textile park


* In a First, Assam’s Cotton University Discusses LGBTQ Rights

* Canals dry, cotton sowing hit

* Pink bollworm-hit farmers yet to get relief in Maharashtra

* Seed testing facilities in India are fairly good: ISTA secretary-general


* Shoe factory reduced to ashes
KASUR-The merchandise and equipment were reduced to ashes after a fire broke out in a shoe factory due to  short circuit at Basti Charagh Shah here the other day. According to the rescue sources, the fire erupted in a shoe factory due to short circuit. It reduced the merchandise and equipment worth Rs400,000 to ashes.

* Victims of Rana Plaza, Baldia Factory fire remembered

* Sindh’s new labour policy will protect jobs, says minister

* Textile sector top priority in budget

* Despite getting incentives, textile exporters still struggle

* Waiting for more concessions, Chinese hold off textile investment in Pakistan


* Textile exports increase to $9.9bn

* Textile exports unlikely to thrive as long as policies remain threadbare


* Thar Foundation empowers, trains women
Indira, 18 years old and a resident of Thario Halepoto village located in the Thar Desert, has become a home-based industrial worker as a part of small-to-medium sized enterprise, to secure herself from exploitation by middlemen….

* German investors keen to invest in Pakistan
Commercial Counselor Embassy of Germany Islamabad Dr Martin Herzer on Monday said there was a vast scope of enhancing Pak-German bilateral trade relations whereas German investors were also taking keen interest to invest in various sectors in Pakistan.

He was addressing the exporters at Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA) North Zon eoffice here.
Umar Majeed Commercial Specialist Economic & Trade Section was also accompanied while exporters Dr Khuram Tariq, Qamar Aftab, Muhammad Amjad Khawaja and others were also present on the occasion.
He said that a traders’ delegation from Germany would soon visit to Pakistan to explore business opportunities in Pakistani market.

He said that Germany was exporting modern machinery for textile especially for value added textile sector which would help Pakistani textile manufacturers to bring improvement in quality of their products and reduce cost of doing business.
German government would encourage the joint ventures with large Pakistani units, he added…..

* Bilateral trade: ‘Potential exists to boost volume’

* Pakistan’s export performance is correlated to cotton prices – and this is a concern

* The real cost of cheap shirts


* The US’s Petty Policy on Used Clothes for Africa


* SACTWU Condemns the Appropriation of maXhosa’s Designs By Zara!topic/sactwu-media-releases/bXhlZN5OyCM

* Outrage as Zara is accused of ripping off a beloved SA brand

* Statement for Monday’s press conference on 25 April general strike


* More than 700 million workers living in poverty in emerging and developing countries: ILO


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