20:50:30 local time MONGOLIA
* Spring Labor Fair 2012: Mongolia’s high unemployment due to under
The Spring Labor Fair 2012 was held in the Central Palace of Culture of
Mongolian Trade Union on April 19th.
Around 20 organizations participated in the event, which aims to
connect active job seekers with employers.
There were mining, construction, business and economics and other
prominent national companies, such as Max, Nomin, Mon-Em Impex, Goyo,
Tavan Bogd and APU, offering job opportunities.
They were also signing up people for workshops that provide them with
special skills – the employers were saying that they are recruiting
individuals for 20 different professions, and are interested in hiring
individuals with specialized skills.
They said that they are willing to train their new employees if they
had no previous experience.
20:50:30 local time CHINA
* Evonik’s new hydrogen peroxide plant in China:
An official ceremony was held on April 21, 2012 to mark the
groundbreaking for Evonik’s new hydrogen peroxide plant in China.
The plant is scheduled to go online, with a planed annual production
capacity of 230,000 metric tons, in the fourth quarter of 2013, thus
increasing Evonik’s current overall annual capacity for around 600,000
metric tons of H2O2 production by nearly 40 percent.
20:50:30 local time PHILIPPINES
* New labor alliance launched ahead of May 1 protest:
The country’s trade and labor organizations and unions on Monday
launched a broad alliance that will stage a 20,000-strong “historic”
action in Manila on Labor Day, advancing Filipino workers’ demand for
wage increase, security of tenure and fight against labor
* ECOP Backs Labor Code Amendments:
Employers are more determined this time to push for a revision of the
country’s antiquated Labor Code and a review of the minimum wage
saying the country’s high salary level is a major factor in the
country’s low competitiveness rating.
19:50:30 local time VIET NAM
* Vietnam garment association established in Russia
The Vietnamese Garment and Textile Association, based on the Thang Long
Garment and Textile Businesses Club, made its debut in Moscow on April
Do Quy Duong was elected the Chairman of the Association, which aims to
promote the exchange of information and strengthen cooperation among
Vietnamese businesses in Russia.
* NBC begins construction of $2.4m garment plant:
An Phat Garment Joint Stock Company (JSC), a subsidiary of Vietnam’s
leading garment maker Nha Be Garment JSC (NBC), has begun construction
on a new $2.4m garment plant.
The facility, called Hoai An garment plant, is in the Doc Truong Soi
industrial area of Binh Dinh province. The first phase of the plant
will produce T- shirts for export, and will have an annual capacity of
The factory is due to come into operation this year, and will employ
1,000 people. The second phase of its development will double capacity.
Ho Chi Minh city based NBC supplies international brands, including
Columbia, JCPenney, Marks & Spencer, Levi’s, Zara, Perry Ellis and
* Two Thai silk firms on track for organic stamp:
Two Thai silk firms are on course to receive the Global Organic Textile
Standard (GOTS) certification for their chemical-free silk yarn.
GOTS is a designation defined and enforced by four member
organisations, from Germany, Japan, the US and the UK.
A wide range of requirements need to be met, including those pertaining
to the use of toxins and the treatment of waste water, to get the
group’s stamp of approval.
* Workers go on strike at Hong Kong-owned garment factory:
About 500 workers resumed a strike with a list of six demands Monday at
a garment factory in Phnom Penh operated by Hong Kong-owned Ford Glory
(Cambodia) Manufacturing Ltd.
The source said the workers wanted their former colleague, 35-year-old
Mot Ramorn, to be reinstated following his dismissal in early April
after being chosen as union leader.
Other demands include a $10 transport allowance for major public
holidays, a 1,000 riel food allowance and regular payment of basic
salaries, the source said.
The workers initially went on strike on Friday.
* City Hall, union to build statue of slain trade union leader:
Phnom Penh City Hall and the Free Trade Union of Workers have agreed
to set up a working group to build a statue of the late union leader
Chea Vichea, a joint statement said Monday.
The statement said City Hall had asked its administrative chief Ly
Saveth to talk with two representatives of the union to find a place
for the statue.
In a letter to Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chutekma last Friday, the
union’s leader Chea Mony, brother of the slain union leader, said he
agreed to send two representatives, Man Senghak and Say Sokny,
following a meeting on March 19.
On December 31, Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed with Chea Mony’s request
for a plot of land for the statue of Chea Vichea, who was gunned at a
newspaper kiosk in 2004.
* SH protesters to keep striking:
More than 700 workers at the SH International factory in the capital’s
Po Sen Chey district have vowed to keep striking, despite the Ministry
of Labour saying it could not help solve their dispute because their
demands were “excessive”.
The workers protested again yesterday outside the Choam Chao factory,
calling for two administration officials and two sewing line leaders to
Lay Sokha, vice president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at SH, said the
workers also want a $10 transportation allowance, a $10 rental bonus, a
$10 incentive bonus and for their basic salary to be increased to $70.
* ASEAN pushed on new migrant work safeguards:
A coalition of unions and NGOs within ASEAN countries has called on the
multinational body to introduce binding protections for migrant workers
following alleged cases of exploitation at two Thai food factories.
* Summons still pending in PUMA shooting:
A Svay Rieng provincial prosecutor said yesterday that a summons for
triple-shooting suspect and former Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith
had been issued, though the case’s investigating judge said he has made
no such move.
Hing Bunchea, chief Svay Rieng prosecutor, said a summons had been
issued for Chhouk Bandith, who was charged last week with causing
unintentional injury after allegedly shooting three women, one through
the chest, at a protest on February 20.
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* Jakel Targets Sales To Reach RM500 Million This Year:
Jakel Group of Companies, a pioneer Bumiputera textile company in
Malaysia, is targeting sales to reach RM500 million this year compared
with more than RM400 million in 2011 with the addition of two new
* Preserve Characteristics And Designs Of Textiles As A Symbol Of
The Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, hoped the National
Textile Museum would contribute towards preserving the traditional
characteristics and designs of textiles as a symbol of national
She hoped that the museum would also served as a reference centre for
students, researchers, academicians and those involved in the textile
* Workers get affordable rooms from Jamsostek:
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to inaugurate ten
low-cost apartment developments that are expected to provide affordable
rooms to thousands of workers in Batam, Riau Islands.
The director general of industrial relations and social security
affairs at the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, Irianto Simbolon,
said that the new developments might provide an example on how decent
housing could be provided to workers in the nation’s industrial areas.
“Besides private developers, employers will be asked to provide
dormitories or develop such affordable apartments for their workers
because housing is vital for workers, especially those working in
industrial areas,” he said.
Some of Batam’s 300,000 workers were illegal squatters on the island
because housing prices and rents had soared, while most workers were
still paid the municipal minimum wage, he said.
*RMG sector ‘can’t progress with unfed workers’:
Workers wages and other financial benefits should be raised at per with
the minimum wage structure.
Ill-fed workers can’t make much contribution to enhance productivity in
Trade Union Center (TUC) president Shahidullah Chowdhury has called for
implementation of minimum wage structure and meeting other demands of
the workers to keep the current tempo of the readymade garment (RMG)
industry in place.
“By torturing and keeping the sector’s 4 million workers unfed or
ill-fed, we will not be able to help the sector go forward,”
Shahidullah was speaking at the inaugural function of the fifth
national conference of Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center
in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday.
* Karnataka woos investments in textile, apparel sectors:
The Government of Karnataka is aggressively marketing the State,
luring investors, particularly in textile and apparel sectors in
Tamil Nadu, to consider Karnataka for investment.
The Department of Handlooms and Textile, Government of Karnataka,
conducted a road show at the Le Meridien here last week to showcase the
advantages of investing in Karnataka.
* No differences in govt on cotton, sugar exports: Sharad Pawar
Days after complaining to the Prime Minister that food and textile
ministries are following anti-farmer export policies, Agriculture
Minister Sharad Pawar today said there are no differences within the
government on the issue.
* Turkey may withdraw duty on imports of Indian cotton yarn:
Turkey has expressed its willingness to withdraw safeguard duty on
imports of Indian cotton yarn within a year, provided India refrains
from pursuing legal proceedings at the WTO, sources said.
* Unity brings relief in payment for Ludhiana garment makers:
The Micro, Small and Medium enterprises in the garment manufacturing
sector in Punjab’s Ludhiana district are feeling a sigh of relief as
they have been able to recover some portion of their outstanding dues
from retailers after they forged an association.
In order to tackle the problem of undue delay in payments by customers,
more than 50 apparel manufacturers came together to form the MSME
Garment Manufacturers Association of Ludhiana (MGMAL) in 2010.
* Sri Lanka to gain from China’s high cost of garment output:
China may lose out on approximately US$ 8.5 billion worth of garment
exports during the current year due to the rising cost for production
of apparels in that country, according to a report released by Capital
Alliance Limited, a Colombo-based full-service investment bank.
The report states that a growing number of buyers will shift to
lower-cost suppliers like Sri Lanka, owing to increasing costs of
garment production in China.
In addition, the report points out that a
high cost source like China would be the first country to lose orders if
buyers reduce their apparel import volumes.
* ICCI lauds exemption of textile sector from loadshedding :
The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Thursday
hailed PEPCO decision to exempt textile sector from power loadshedding
and demanded that the facility should be extended to all industries.
Addressing a meeting here, ICCI President Yassar Sakhi Butt said that
most of the industrial units have reduced their working to single
shifts from the previous three-shift system due to power loadshedding.
He said that decline in the industrial sector growth had been one of
the major reasons of the lowest GDP growth. He stressed on the need for
uninterrupted power supply for the industrial revival and for achieving
sustainable industrial growth.
Butt said that efforts should be made to enhance the power generation
from the existing power plants.