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A resurging apparel industry augurs well for UK

A resurging apparel industry augurs well for UK

"Though it’s difficult for the millennial to imagine the UK as a mass producer of clothing and textiles, the nation in 1970s had a thriving textile manufacturing industry. The industry started to drift slowly by early 1980s when retailers and brands relocated to emerging markets in a bid to cut costs and increase... Read more

Fighting against forced labour in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan for cotton …

Fighting against forced labour in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan for cotton production

"While there’s a growing risk that supply chain and CSR managers are faced with, they also need to address other aspects of their businesses that are adversely impacted by loss of control of the supply chain. These include potential loss in market share, brand reputation, stolen IP, liability to recall, potential... Read more

Shahi Exports’ factory in Bengaluru in ethical trouble

Shahi Exports’ factory in Bengaluru in ethical trouble

"As per Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) they had urged many large international brands that source from Shahi to pressure the company into taking appropriate action. But the brands continued to work with the company, even though they haven’t taken steps to redress the situation at the Unit 8. These brands include ... Read more

Growing cases of workplace abuse at Asian units of fast fashion brands

Growing cases of workplace abuse at Asian units of fast fashion brands

"Tola Moeun, Director, Central Cambodia, an NGO involved in the research, points out abuse was a daily reality for female workers driven to meet unrealistic targets in H&M and Gap’s supply chains. Most cases are not reported due to fear of retaliation. Jennifer Rosenbaum, US director of Global Labour Justice,... Read more

Indonesia needs to enhance textile competitiveness to aim $75 bn expor…

Indonesia needs to enhance textile competitiveness to aim $75 bn exports by 2030

"Indonesia is ranked among the top ten largest textile producing countries. However, the nation is far away from threatening China's dominant position. Whereas China controls about 35 per cent of global textile markets, Indonesia controls only about 2 per cent. The Indonesian government targets to increase the nation&r... Read more

Transparency in manufacturing essential for workers’ life

Transparency in manufacturing essential for workers’ life

"After the aftermath of series of deadly fire and building accidents in Pakistan and Bangladesh the image underscored a woefully inadequate apparel brands’ approach to worker rights.Brand-label information matters not just for fire and building safety. The $2.4 trillion apparel industry, which predominantly emplo... Read more

India needs labor reforms

India needs labor reforms

There has been a contraction in the Indian workforce between 2013-14 and 2015-16.About 1.2 million jobs were lost and total employment was down from 483.9 million to 482.7 million. This ties in with the poor growth in sectors such as exports during this period. Countries with more practical labor laws such as Banglade... Read more

Challenges at workplaces hampering Burma’s textile sector growth

Challenges at workplaces hampering Burma’s textile sector growth

"Burma’s garment and footwear exports clocked in $3 billion in 2017, a growth of 25 per cent over last year. Factories have expanded from Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone to rural regions, in the wake of a tax holiday of seven or five years meant to encourage operations in less developed parts of the... Read more

Automation and positive EU relations could boost Cambodia’s growth

Automation and positive EU relations could boost Cambodia’s growth

"While textile is one of the most important sectors in Cambodia’s economy, pressures from neighbouring countries is adversely impacting growth. To add to it, increasing automation and loss of preferential trade agreements is aiding to its woes. Employing 86 per cent of all factory workers, about 40 per cent of Ca... Read more

H&M reworking on labour policy to ensure sustainable goals

H&M reworking on labour policy to ensure sustainable goals

"While leading companies have taken efforts to curb issues of worker underpayment, yet the goal seems too far-fetched. As the world’s second-largest apparel company — after Inditex, which owns Zara — H&M said it felt a sense of “shared responsibility” when it came to persistently low w... Read more

Ofxam-Deloitte study reveals startling wage disparity in apparel segme…

Ofxam-Deloitte study reveals startling wage disparity in apparel segment

"Apparel sector wage compensation is extremely low, creating a stir in the industry. A new report by Deloitte for Oxfam Australia reveals big brands are to be blamed for keeping people working for them in poverty, which means they are not paying a living wage. Oxfam describes living wage as: enough money to provide a w... Read more

ETI needs to go beyond agenda to change workers’ conditions

ETI needs to go beyond agenda to change workers’ conditions

"The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) aimed at gaining access to highly restricted factories in the Tamil Nadu with a ‘hygiene awareness’ program and use that as a platform for promoting workers' rights. Five years and $630,000 later, the ETI, which brings together labels like H&M, GAP and Burberry with... Read more

Global Rights Index 2017 reveals low working conditions across the wor…

Global Rights Index 2017 reveals low working conditions across the world

"The number of countries experiencing physical violence and threats against workers has risen by 10 per cent in just one year, says the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. Attacks on union members have been documented in 59 countries, fuelling growing anxiety about jobs and wages. The report shows corporate interests are ... Read more

Brexit Affect: UK textile industry under threat

Brexit Affect: UK textile industry under threat

"Employing over 556,000 people, the UK textile industry is going to be impacted by Brexit. British manufacturers create products worth £9 billion a year, from Savile Row suits to highly technical fabrics used in sectors such as aerospace, the medical and the military. Falling value of Sterling has increased impor... Read more

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India: Karnataka workers get poverty wages

Garment workers in Karnataka get paid wages that are 25 per cent below the urban poverty line. ... Read more

H&M ensures living wage in all sourcing factories

A large number of garment workers located in H&M’s supply chain get a living wage. A ... Read more

Primark cotton programme to be extended to Pakistan

Primark plans to expand the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme to encompass suppliers in Paki... Read more

Sportswear brand Under Armour to slash 400 more jobs

Sportswear maker Under Armour will slash around 400 jobs, or 3 per cent of its global workforce... Read more

India: SIMA CD&RA gets new office bearers

The SIMA Cotton Develoment and Research Association has made several new appointments. R Elango... Read more

Cambodian union warn of a large scale protest against EU resolution

A prominent Cambodian unionist has threatened to protest on a large-scale if the newly formed g... Read more

Pakistan workers form federation to resolve worker’s issues

The representative unions in textile and garments sectors across Pakistan have formed a grand f... Read more

Vietnam garment workers get better deal

The garment and textile industry in Vietnam has begun understanding the needs and concerns of i... Read more

Bangladesh protests against $95 minimum wage for garment workers

Bangladesh unions recently staged street protests to reject the $95 a month minimum wage fixed ... Read more

Staff shortage plagues Japan’s retail sector

Japan’s retail industry has struggled to capitalize on the increased demand from tourists... Read more

Southeast Asia can gain from gender parity

The economies of Southeast Asia can boost their collective gross domestic product if existing i... Read more

Bangladesh factory owners demand tax incentives to tide over wage hike

Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Kn... Read more

BOESL demands higher wages for Bangladeshi workers from overseas employers

Rights campaigners, women leaders and government officials in Bangladesh have demanded higher w... Read more

Cotton Campaign accuses Uzbekistan of forced child labor

The Cotton Campaign has asserted that Uzbekistan should remain on the list of products requirin... Read more

Cambodian Labour Confederation looks at $211.94 as min wage

The Cambodian Labour Confederation will propose $211.94 as the new minimum wage for garment wor... Read more

Kering appoints Jinqing Cai, President of Kering Greater China

Jinqing Cai has been appointed President of Kering Greater China. Her mission will be to consol... Read more

Indian government approves KVIC proposal to hike artisans’ wages

The MSME Ministry has approved a proposal by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)... Read more

Bangaldesh: Trade unions missing in RMG factories

In Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector, 97.5 per cent of the factories do not have trad... Read more

Inditex supports collective bargaining for B’desh garment worker’s living w…

Spanish apparel retailer, Inditex has supported stronger dialogue and collective bargaining bet... Read more

Bangladesh organisations urge brands to support worker’s demand

Ahead of the Minimum Wage Board meeting in Bangladesh, to set the new statutory minimum wage fo... Read more

South African RMG workers to see a wage increase

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu), an affiliate of Cosatu... Read more

Canadian brand Gildan to make better apparels by focusing on labor rights

In an assessment carried across the company last year, Canadian apparel manufacturer Gildan has... Read more

Pascal Perrier appointed CFO of La Perla

Pascal Perrier has been appointed the new CFO of La Perla. He will spearhead the growth of the ... Read more

Patrick Pruniaux appointed CEO of Girard-Perregaux

Kering has appointed Patrick Pruniaux, current Chief Executive Officer of Ulysse Nardin, as the... Read more

Rajiv Banasali appointed new Global VP of Huntsman Textile Effects

Huntsman Textile Effects has appointed Rajiv Banavali its new Global Vice President, Research a... Read more

GPTW ranks Coats amongst best 80 companies to work for in Brazil

Great Place to Work (GPTW), a global research, consulting and training consultancy has listed C... Read more

New accord comes into force in Bangladesh

Expert fire and building safety engineers have made working conditions in Bangladesh’s re... Read more

Bangladesh signs ILO’s Decent Work Programme

The Bangladesh government, along with many of the country’s employers and worker's organi... Read more

Marks & Spencer launches world’s first retail data academy

Marks & Spencer has teamed up with technology education specialist Decoded to create the wo... Read more

Brandix, CINCE team up to open training center in Sri Lanka

Brandix along with the Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC) has launc... Read more

Geralyn R Breig appointed to Hanes Brands’ board of directors

HanesBrands, a leading global marketer of everyday basic apparel, has appointed consumer produc... Read more

Textile special package goes only so far

The special package for India’s textile and garment sector, launched in June 2016 and hai... Read more

Rise in minimum wages ticks off foreign investors in Myanmar

Myanmar’s low wages is among the top reasons foreign manufacturers choose to set up base ... Read more

Good news for Nike employees as it plans a pay hike

Nike will raise wages for its 7,500 employees. About 10 per cent of employees across all levels... Read more

Fewer women in Bangladesh garment sector

Rana Plaza was a turning point in Bangladesh’s apparel history. Reforms have made the gar... Read more

Brexit’s negative impact on Romanian textile factories

"Romania’s textile industry is struggling to make profits with stiff competition from Asi... Read more

IndustriALL affiliates defend the right to strike

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, FENOTHAC and FESYNEME, who met in Cotonou as part of a pro... Read more

Human Rights Outlook 2018 warns of drastic job losses

Verisk Maplecroft’s Human Rights Outlook 2018 warns of drastic job losses in South East A... Read more

BFC to promote talent, be assessor for Tier 1 visa for fashion industry

British Fashion Council (BFC) has been working with Arts Council England (ACE), in partnership ... Read more

Bremen Cotton Exchange gets new president

Jens D Lukaczik is the new president of Bremen Cotton Exchange. Lukaczik is managing partner of... Read more

Federer’s new sponsor Uniqlo pays him millions, refuses workers wages

Public Eye and Clean Clothes Campaign are criticising Uniqlo for failing to live up to its soci... Read more

Bangladesh garment workers meet to take place on July 8

Bangladesh readymade garment workers and labour leaders are optimistic about the new wage board... Read more

Yangon clothes factory closures with increasing functioning costs

Seduno (Myanmar) Fashion Co in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone of Myanmar that recently announce... Read more

Pakistan’s HEC releases grant for NTU Faisalabad

Higher Education Commission Pakistan has released a grant of Rs 2.84 million to Department of M... Read more

MCX to handhold cotton farmers in Maharashtra

The Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) has signed a MoU with Maharashtra to create a value... Read more

NSDC to launch skills portal

National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) along with the World Bank will launch a national... Read more

SAI fails to enforce procedures to protect workers in India

Although, US-based certifying agency Social Accountability International (SAI) is constantly up... Read more

VF Corporation appoints new VP

VF Corporation has appointed Travis Campbell the new Vice President, General Manager, The North... Read more

WRC issues report on Shahi Exports’ unfair practices

US-based Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labour rights monitoring organization f... Read more

Brands to continue boycotting cotton from Uzbekistan

Around 100 North American and European brands, who participated in the US-based NGO Cotton Camp... Read more

FTZ&GSEU against ATG Ceylon over labour issues

IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate in Sri Lanka has directed ATG Ceylon to stop union b... Read more

Karnataka garment owners dither on minimum wages

A large proportion of the manufacturing in the Indian garment industry is for the export market... Read more

Inditex holds sessions with suppliers for GFA implementation

More than 50 Inditex textile and garment suppliers in India gathered in Bangalore and Delhi to ... Read more

PVH chairman chosen top CEO of 2018 by Glassdoor

Emanuel Chirico, chairman and CEO of PVH, has been named one of Glassdoor’s top CEOs of 2... Read more

Luciano Benetton to lead group’s comeback

Italian fashion group Benetton reported a €180 million loss in 2017. Now, the group has fo... Read more

Bottega Veneta appoints Daniel Lee as new Creative Director

Bottega Veneta has named Daniel Lee its creative director from July 1. A graduate of Central Sa... Read more

Archroma signs MoU with UET

Archroma recently signed an MoU with the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Laho... Read more