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 CHINA

01:03:29 local time map of china * Chinese migrant workers’ wages up 21.2%:

The average monthly salary for China’s 158.63 million migrant workers rose 21.2 percent in 2011 from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Friday.

An NBS survey of the country’s migrant workforce showed that the number of rural migrants working outside their hometowns increased 3.4 percent year-on-year last year, while their wages rose to an average of 2,049 yuan (about $325.24) per month.

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& China Faces Shortage in Cheap Labor:

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* Pop culture T-shirts under fire:

A Chinese online fashion retailer is being probed for using Premier Wen Jiabao’s popularity to promote T-shirts – an act that may violate the country’s law on advertisement, Beijing commerce authorities said.

Vancl stirred up controversy on Tuesday by advertising a new series of T-shirts with Premier Wen’s quotations. read more.

* Chinese employees work 8.66h daily: survey:

Chinese employees work 8.66 hours daily on average and spend 0.96 in transit, according to a newly released survey.

The survey jointly conducted in 2012 by Beijing University and zhaopin.com, a top human resource company, covers more than 30,000 respondents and 28 cities.

The survey shows that on average Chinese workers spend 7.33 hours sleeping, 8.66 hours on work, 0.96 hours on the road and 7.05 hours onother activities.
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* Foreign companies lured by more than just cheap labor:

For more than two decades, cheap labor has been the main attraction for US firms looking to invest in China. Now there are more factors at play that have encouraged these companies to stay.
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* UCMTF to partake at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012:

French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) says that the French textile machinery has played a particularly important role in the historical development of the textile industry and is continuingto do so as it will be seen at next ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 in Shanghai.
Remember the illustrious name of JACQUARD, the French inventor of themost sophisticated weaving technology!
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00:03:29 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Vietnam opens first factory to turn nylon into fuel:

A factory with a daily capacity of recycling 9 tons of plastic bags into PO and DO fuel began operations April 20th in the central city ofDa Nang.The VND120 billion (US$5.8 million) factory is the first phase of a 520 billion project to turn solid waste into fuel and environment-friendly coal and bricks. The second phase is underway.
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* Vietnam National Garment and Textile Group (VINATEX)to invest heavily
in fiber sector:

Vietnam National Garment and Textile Group (Vinatex) will spend half of its VND24 trillion budget on the fiber sector during the 2011-2015 period.

Vinatex plans to invest in expanding production lines, building fiberand dye factories between now and 2015. Particularly, VND10.42 trillion will be allocated to 20 fiber processing mill projects.

Thanks to the investment strategy, Vinatex’s fiber output will increase at a steady pace, from 112,000 tons in 2011 to 125,500 tons this year and it will hit 231,000 tons by 2015. At present, it generates 21% of the country’s total fiber output of 514,000 tons.

The state-run textile group plans to develop fiber factories in the provinces of Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hue and Quang Nam.

Apart from fiber production, Vinatex will set aside nearly VND7 trillion to stimulate the dye industry. It will construct 10 more dye factories in a bid to raise its cloth output to 506 million square meters by 2016 from last year’s 231.9 million square meters.

The country’s apparel industry currently is able to dye and finish around 800 million square meters of cloth annually. It must import 5.2 billion square meters of cloth each year to meet apparel production demand.

Total investment capital for the five-year production plan includes VND7.5 trillion from its own budget with the rest mobilized from commercial loans and investment credits, said Vinatex.

read more in BUSINESS IN BRIEF 28/4.

* Government clamps down on hazardous child labour:

The government is drafting a circular that prohibit organisations and individual employers from hiring children for hazardous work.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health are gathering people’s opinions and compiling a list of work too  dangerous for minors.
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* Major export industries struggle to stay competitive:

Major export industries need to join in global distribution chains, improve the quality of their products, and develop recognized global trademarks if they are going to boost their competitive capacity and see sustainable export growth, says Pham Van Chat, an expert with theMinistry of Industry and Trade.
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Despite seeing annual growth in exports as high as 20 percent per year, the garment industry continues to face challenges, including inefficient production and unstable markets and financial resources, said the deputy general secretary of the Vietnam Textile and Garment Association, Nguyen Van Tuan.

Garment makers have often focused on maintaining jobs in the sector but not on improving processes, while Chinese and Japanese garment makers have developed more efficient production lines, Tuan said.
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* Legal aid helps ex-prisoners reintegrate:

A centre to help ex-prisoners reintegrate into society was officially opened this morning.

The centre, the first of its kind in the country, has been set up by the Viet Nam Lawyers Association, aimed at supplying supportive services such as legal aid, vocational training and employment advice for ex-prisoners.
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* Vietnam fashion week to showcase 700 designs:

More than 700 creations by 22 fashion designers will be displayed at the three-day Vietnam Fashion Week Fall & Winter, supposedly Vietnam’s biggest fashion event that begins on April 27.
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00:03:29 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Ministry of Labor reminds employers that May Day is a holiday:

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training has reminded employers that May Day on Monday is a public holiday.

In a statement, the ministry said workers should get the day off or receive another day off or bonuses if they worked.

“Union and union confederations have to cooperate with workers to celebrate International Labor Day,” it said. “They should not take the opportunity to cause problems.”

The statement also asked all enterprises to work with authorities and police to keep things “safe” for workers.
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* Trade union group calls for arrest of former Bavet governor:

The International Trade Union Confederation has urged the government to arrest former Bavet governor Chouk Bundith, who opened fired on three protesting workers in February.

In letter to Labor Minister Vong Soth dated Monday, Sanjeeva Ready, president of the Singapore-based confederation, said the shootings violated the International Labor Convention.

The president urged the minister to accelerate the investigation to arrest the gunman to ensure industrial peace.

The confederation consists of 51 unions from 29 countries representing 175 million workers worldwide.
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01:03:29 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Lack of skilled labour in textile factories:

The growing number of textile mills in recent years has not been met with an adequate supply of local skilled labour.
Senior Advisor Ministry of Industry, Sakri Widhianto, estimates that textiles and textile products (TPT) requires about 100,000 workers eachyear, 1,000 of whom are from the skilled workforce, which includes machine operators, maintenance staff for equipment and machinery, supervisors, quality control and marketing personnel.

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* Better Work Indonesia Newsletter Q1 2012:

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23:33:29 local time map of myanmar MYANMAR

* Chin Refugees Coexist and Survive in India:

Aizawl, the spectacular hill-city of Northeast India’s Mizoram State, is host to Chin/Zo refugees from Burma’s Chin State, Sagaing Division and northern Arakan Sate. They form as much as 10 percent of Mizoram’s current population.

Mizoram’s Mizo people are culturally related to the Chin/Zo people of western Burma and share the Christian religion. But relations with the refugees have often been tense, with rising crime rates blamed on newcomers.
In recent years, outreach efforts have produced better understanding between the Mizos and the refugees.

Chin/Zo people have fled human rights violations and severe food insecurity in Burma. Some work as highly skilled handloom weavers in India’s Mizoram and Manipur states.

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23:03:29 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* 24,500 workers die a year:

Employers must ensure safety and health of workers and make industries environment friendly as laws require, labour rights activists and high officials said at a national seminar yesterday.

Around 24,500 workers die of work-related diseases and 11,700 suffer fatal accident across all industrial sectors each year in Bangladesh, said Abdul Hye Mondal, a research fellow of Bangladesh Institute ofDevelopment Studies, citing a 2008 WHO report.
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22:33:29 local time map of india INDIA

* Cotton blooms on mills’ demand, short supply:

Cotton prices increased on good demand and short supply in Gujarat and North India on Friday.
Traders said that demand from textile mills is strong and in comparison, supply is restricted as farmers are waiting for prices to rise.
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* Indian cotton prices show upward trend:

The prices of cotton have risen in Indian markets.  read more.

* Apparel exports sector working to remove ‘child labour’ taint:

India’s $14-billion apparel export sector and the Textiles Ministry have begun an initiative to help manufacturers focus on good work practices and prevention of child and trafficked/forced labour. This is part of their efforts to improve India’s image as an ‘ethical sourcing destination’.  read more.

* Bihar CM inaugurates leather hub at Fatuha:

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has inaugurated a leather hub in the state’s Fatuha Industrial Area.  More than 600 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs are likely to
invest in the hub, being established by Aparna Industrial Promotion Council, an organization established by leather entrepreneurs of Mumbai.
The CM said the hub would house several factories and would generate over 10,000 new employment opportunities.  read more.

* Maharashtra’s New Textile Policy attracts Rs. 15.5bn EoIs:

The Government of Maharashtra has received expressions of interest (EoIs) worth Rs. 15.5 billion for new investments after the western Indian state announced the New Textile Policy aimed at development of the sector in the cotton-growing regions of the state.

Maharashtra Textiles Minister Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan said the government has received EoIs from five private sector companies for setting up textile processing units in North Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of the state. read more.

22:03:29 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Faisalabad textile manufacturers stage protest:

Textile manufacturers, including powerloom owners, in Pakistani city of Faisalabad staged a protest against frequent load shedding and high electricity bills.
The textile producers and exporters from Sargodha and Khurrianwala industrial estates as well as from Jang Road, Jaranwala Road, Satiana Road and Sumundri Road took out a rally from the Allied Hospital Chowk to the Sargodha Road. read more.

map of Asia

CHINA
* Chinese migrant workers’ wages up 21.2%
* Pop culture T-shirts under fire
* Chinese employees work 8.66h daily
* Foreign companies lured by more than just cheap labor
* UCMTF to partake at ITMA ASIA + CITME 201

VIET NAM
* Vietnam opens first factory to turn nylon into fuel
* Vietnam National Garment and Textile Group (VINATEX)to invest heavily
in fiber sector
* Government clamps down on hazardous child labour
* Major export industries struggle to stay competitive
* Legal aid helps ex-prisoners reintegrate
* Vietnam fashion week to showcase 700 designs

CAMBODIA
* Ministry of Labor reminds employers that May Day is a holiday
* Trade union group calls for arrest of former Bavet governor

INDONESIA
* Lack of skilled labour in textile factories
* Better Work Indonesia Newsletter Q1 2012

MYANMAR
* Chin Refugees Coexist and Survive in India

BANGLA DESH
* 24,500 workers die a year

INDIA
* Cotton blooms on mills’ demand, short supply
* Indian cotton prices show upward trend
* Apparel exports sector working to remove ‘child labour’ taint
* Bihar CM inaugurates leather hub at Fatuha
* Maharashtra’s New Textile Policy attracts Rs. 15.5bn EoIs

PAKISTAN
* Faisalabad textile manufacturers stage protest

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