* International Conference to increase women’s representation in Asian
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the National
Committee on Gender Equality of the Government of Mongolia organized
the ‘Charting a Path for Political Equality in Asia’ conference at the
Chinggis Hotel earlier this week.
The conference drew on collective regional experiences to help the
representatives devise their national plans.
* Asian nations seek gender equality:
Thailand and 10 other Asian nations have pledged to find ways to
enhance gender equality in politics, according to a statement from a
regional conference in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
Former justice minister Phongthep Thepkanjana, who represented Thailand
at the April 4-5 conference organised by the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and the National Committee on Gender Equality of the
Government of Mongolia, said the pledges were made by all Asian
participants and that he took the opportunity to express the status of
women in Thai politics.
* Listed companies lay off 180,000 employees:
By the end of April 5, 1,343 listed companies of A-shares in Shanghai
and Shenzhen disclosed their 2011 annual reports.
The profits paid out to stockholders of parent companies reached 1.645
trillion yuan (US$260.75 billion), increasing 13.77 percent compared
with 2010, according to the statistics of Wind Information Co., Ltd.
Additionally, 1,302 companies paid out 311.1 billion yuan (US$49.3
billion) for workers’ salaries, seeing a 13.39 percent year-on-year
The total number of employees in the textile and apparel industry is
now 155,160, down 19,139 since 2010, a decrease of 10.98 percent.
The decrease ranks No.1 among all industries.
The household appliance industry cut 22,027 people, a drop of 7.34
* China’s Semir Garment to invest in logistics centre:
Zhejiang Semir Garment Co. Ltd., which manufactures apparels under
“Semir” and “Balabala” brands, plans to construct a warehouse and
logistics centre at a cost of 250 million Yuan.
The new centre would come up in Wuqing district of Tainjin in northern
China, where the apparel manufacturer would set up a fully-owned
subsidiary to manage the centre.
* Overseas deployment of Filipino domestic workers continues to rise:
The deployment of maids and other domestic workers abroad “continues to
soar” despite the government requirement that they should be paid a
basic salary of $400 a month, a recruitment industry expert said
Emmanuel Geslani said official figures from the Philippine Overseas
Employment Administration (POEA) showed that the number of domestic
workers deployed in 2010 increased by 11 percent to 154,535 and
comprised 45 percent of the total number of the 341,966 new hires
deployed in 2010.
* Massive emigration from river to land in pics:
“A historic emigration” is what Nguyen Van Cao, chairman of the
People’s Committee of Thua-Thien Hue central province, called the
project designed to bring 696 households living aboard junks along
rivers around the province onto land.
An overall report by Phan Trong Vinh, chairman of Hue city’s People’s
Committee, says: “The emigrants gradually find a stable life.
They are excited to have a new life in these resettlement areas. Their
awareness is raised and their children are provided with opportunities
to take vocational training courses or to go to school.”
Tuoi Tre correspondents visited a resettlement area in Phu Mau commune
as it entered the final phase of construction.
Tuoi Tre witnessed many changes in the lives of the many people who used
to ‘drift’ from river to river.
The area will be home to 326 households with 2,780 members. In this
area, 60 young people have been provided with vocational training
courses in tailoring and civil electricity.
Many of them are currently working in garment factories in the south.
* City to host garment industry expo:
The 22nd Viet Nam Sai Gon Textile and Garment Industry Expo 2012 –
Fabric and Garment Accessories will be held on April 11-14 at the Tan
Binh Exhibition and Convention Centre in HCM City.
Local textile and garment enterprises will be able to purchase modern
equipment and promote their “Made in Viet Nam” brand at the expo.
Since the 1990s, the event has been held 21 times in HCM City and Ha
Noi and has become a key event for the textile and garment industry in
* Control Union launches textile inspections in Vietnam:
Control Union Certifications Vietnam has launched textile inspections
and certifications programme to help Vietnamese textile and garment
firms to follow market trends.
The company has earlier introduced Global Organic Textile Standard
(GOTS), Global recycle standard, and Organic Exchange (OE) in the
Vietnam textile and garment industry.
* Workers miss retirement payouts
LABOUR MINISTRY SAYS UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS ARE EXPLOITING SENIOR STAFF:
Some employers are failing to set a workplace retirement age to avoid
paying mandatory severance payments, the Labour Ministry says.
* Wage policy ‘will hurt unskilled workers’:
The government’s 300-baht minimum wage policy can narrow the income gap
but many unskilled workers will lose their jobs, a Thailand Development
Research Institute study says.
The TDRI study conducted by Dilaka Lathapipat said the minimum wage
rise, which came into effect on April 1 in seven provinces, is a good
policy but an immediate increase in wages without efficient cushions
might bring about an “unexpected severe impact”, particularly on
* Small firms will struggle with wage hike: TDRI:
While the rise in the minimum daily wage to Bt300 is good news for
low-income labourers, sudden implementation of this could leave small
and medium-sized enterprises unable to pay their workers, the Thailand
Development Research Institute (TDRI) warned yesterday.
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* Laborers Big Winners as Govt Vows to Build 200,000 Homes:
For the second time in a week, the government has announced plans to
build 200,00 home, the latest set intended for laborers in industrial
areas across the country in a move intended to help workers cut
“The government has met with representatives of labor unions and Apindo
[the Indonesian Employers Association] to discuss a plan to build
houses for workers in industrial areas in order to reduce their
transportation costs and to improve their welfare,” Manpower and
Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said in Jakarta on Thursday.
* Cotton Association demands removal of ban on cotton exports:
The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has urged the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to free the cotton exports immediately saying that the
move will benefit the farmers the most, as a sizeable quantity of
cotton is still in the their hands and is yet to arrive in the market.
Last month, the government had banned the cotton exports and lifted the
ban within a week. But new registration for the cotton exports has not
been allowed yet.
* Surat manufacturers switch from MMF to cotton textiles:
Textile manufacturers in Surat, long known as manufacturing hub for
man-made fabrics (MMF), are shifting to production of home textiles and
fabric for high quality shirting.
Since decades, powerloom weavers in the city have been making polyester
But, the introduction of sophisticated machines, rise in crude oil
prices and cotton prices being under control have together resulted in
a noticeable change in production in the textile city, according to an
* ‘Response to textile policy good’ – M’shtra state official:
“The response is very good but implementation of the new textile policy
will naturally take some time”, said a top official of the Maharashtra
“The policy is just announced. It will take time for the projects to
get finalized”, informed Mr Sunil Porwal, Principal Secretary in the
Textiles Ministry of state of Maharashtra.
* Textiles key sector in India’s new manufacturing policy:
The Indian textile sector has been identified as a key-labour intensive
industry in the National Manufacturing Policy. The new manufacturing
policy came in to effect three months back and was being debated and
discussed since the last 18 months.
* India may miss 2011-12 textile & garment export target:
It seems that the Indian textile and garment exports may have missed
the target of US$ 33 billion set for fiscal year 2011-12, mainly owing
to slackening of demand from the European market.
After exporting textiles and apparels worth US$ 26.8 billion in
2010-11, India had set an ambitious target of exporting US$ 33 billion
worth of goods during the last fiscal which ended on March 31, 2012.
* A free -for- all (No Law) Labour Regime is not in tune with the times:
President – Ceylon Federation of Labour / Member- National Labour
Mr. R.M.B. Senanayake in his article titled “Liberalised labour laws
pre-requisite for economic development” (Sunday Island – 25/03/2012)
has attempted to apply his characteristic rigorous approach to
economics to matters relating to the country’s labour laws and
regulations and in the process fails to takes cognizance of present day
developments in the field of labour and labour relations.
The decision of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) to pursue
its very innocuous amendment to Sec. 59A of the Wages Board Ordinance
is what seemed to have the provoked Mr. RMB to step into a
controversial field and advocate the dismantling of the labour law
structure of the country.
The NLAC proposal has been in gestation for quite some time and went
through the due processes at the Legal Draftsman Dept. and the Attorney
General’s Dept. Presently it is before a Cabinet Sub- Committee.
* Garments’ Survival At Stake:
The very survival of Sri Lanka’s garment industry, the island’s second
largest foreign exchange earner, is at stake due to a labour shortage
facing the industry, a manager told this reporter.
Malindra Perera, Compliance Manager, Claudia International Lanka Pvt.
Ltd., Boralesgamuwa, a company which exports women’s fashion garments
to the UK, said that he is short of 50-100 machine operators (MOs).
“There appears to be a stigma attached to MOs (juki operators or
seamstresses), this is part of the problem,” he said.
Claudia which is owned by a Britisher and a garment buyer, exports to
UK labels “C&A” and “Adler.”
* APTMA calls for strike against hike in fuel prices:
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has asked trade
establishments to close down their shutters on April 8, 2012, to
protest against the rise in prices of petroleum and Compressed Natural
The prices of diesel, petrol, CNG and other fuels have been raised by
8-10 percent with effect from April 1, 2012 all over Pakistan. APTMA
call for strike has gained momentum as business community and over 150
trade bodies of Faisalabad have declared their support and have
announced that they would shutdown their establishments on April 8.