This is in the news on-line, today, 29 may 2012

20:02:48 local time map of china CHINA

* Company seeks to floor the opposition:

Dating back 2,000 years, it’s fair to say China’s carpet weaving industry is at a very mature level, but now it is importing many products in the sector from the West.

“The demand for high-quality carpets as floor coverings in China has increased rapidly in recent years,” said Bill Chipman, vice-president of Asia-Pacific and India at Shaw Industries. “It is just the right time to come to China because the clients here are ready for the products and the prices.”

Having a nice carpet as a floor covering was traditionally considered a luxury by Chinese families. Before the country’s opening-up in 1979, ordinary Chinese families considered it a bourgeois style of life, but now there is a fundamental change in attitudes with more people following global trends, industry experts said. read more.

* Draft protects workers from high temperatures:

Chinese workers will have a shorter workday if the temperature hits 37 C, thanks to a draft regulation.
The draft, made by China’s top work safety watchdog, the Health Ministry, Human Resources and Social Security Ministry and the top labor union organization, will replace an outdated version that became effective in 1960.
The draft, which for the first time defines high temperatures as being above 35 C, has just closed its soliciting of public opinions.

It stipulates that employers should not make pregnant women work outdoors where the temperature is above 35 C or indoors where the temperature is above 33 C.
It also widens the old regulation’s beneficiaries from industrial, transportation and construction workers and farmers to all laborers who would be affected by the high temperature at their work. read more.

20:02:48 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* TUCP questions P30 cola of minimum wage earners:

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) under the leadership of former Sen. Ernesto Herrera questioned the approved P30 cost-of-living allowance (cola) for private sector minimum wage earners in Metro Manila as it filed an appeal before the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

TUCP general secretary Jose Umali Jr., in the memorandum of appeal, cited two grounds in questioning the grant of the P30 cola by the National Capital Region (NCR)-Regional Tripartite wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) — that the NCR-RTWPB committed “grave abuse of discretion” in integrating the existing P22 cola into the basic wage and at the same time approving the new cola, and that the wage order is “contrary to law.” read more.

19:02:48 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Garment exports slow down:

Vietnam’s garment exports in the first five months of the year earned US$5.33 billion, showing a slight fall from the same period last year.
May was the third consecutive month the growth rate of the garment sector continued to drop to US$1.1 billion.
In the meantime, footwear export earnings reached over US$2.7 billion, maintaining its growth rate at 10 percent. to read in BUSINESS IN BRIEF 29/5 .

19:02:48 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Trade deficit tops $8 bn in first 4 months of year:

Thailand recorded a large trade deficit of US$8.05 billion (Bt276 billion) in the first four months of the year, amid declining export growth but huge demand for imports to support the recovery of manufacturing in the aftermath of last year’s floods.
The Commerce Ministry reported yesterday that exports in April dropped by 3.67 per cent year on year to $16.91 billion, mainly from lower demand from major destinations such as European Union. (…)
Shipment of industrial goods dropped, including plastic products by 9.9 per cent, garments by 20.3 per cent, construction materials by 9 per cent, jewellery by 49 per cent, leather goods by 6.7 per cent, and furniture by 13.5 per cent. read more.

* Wage hike drives industries away:

Last month’s increase in the daily minimum wage is prompting the more labour-intensive industries such as food and textiles to relocate to border provinces and neighboring countries in a bid to cut costs.

Previously, Thai food and textiles factories, especially ones belonging to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), had relocated to neighbouring countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to enjoy low labour costs and quotas from trade partners.

The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) yesterday reported the wage rise in seven provinces had pushed industries to rush to relocate to border zones such as Tak’s Mae Sot district and Kanchanaburi province.

The NESDB anticipates more relocations when the new wages are applied nationwide next January 2013. read more.

* Arguing the B300 minimum wage case (opion!):

“We are entering the Asean Economic Community in the very near future, so how can we compete with our neighbours?”… “Foreign investors will move away from Thailand, to places where labour is cheaper, such as China, Cambodia, and Vietnam”…

These are the opinions of the business sector and many economists, apparently prioritising the competitiveness of the Thai economy even if it comes at the expense of workers’ living standards.

However, the fact is that in a capitalist free-market economy, undercutting the international price of labour is not the only way to achieve comparative advantage. Such arguments should not be used as a justification for keeping the minimum wage as low as possible. read more.

19:02:48 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* SL garment strike resumes after pact disavowed:

Employees hurled stones at one of two SL garment factories in Phnom Penh yesterday as they returned to picket lines after management refused to recognise that a document signed on Friday that had enticed them back to work was a formal agreement.

Female worker Rith Sineourn, one of about 5,000 involved in the two-week-long dispute, said dozens of workers threw small stones into the factory to demand the company honour the agreement.

“The company said one thing and when implementing did the other – this caused the workers to be angry and they continued their strike,” Rith Sineourn said.

Workers had believed SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) would pay them for time missed striking, approve rent and travel allowances worth $7 per month and withdraw complaints against their union officials from the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU). read  more.

* Factory fainting: Garment workers fall ill in Kampong Speu:

About 60 workers at the Anful Garment factory in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district reported feeling dizzy yesterday, while three fainted, officials said.
Phun Phum, president of the Cambodian Workers Union at the factory, said the fainting workers were not “seriously sick” but  were sent to hospital as a precaution.
The union president also said she did not think the incident was caused by the factory environment, but rather, by the health of the individual workers.
However, 37-year-old worker Srey Mom, who observed the fainting, reported smelling a foul odour beforehand.
Administrative manager Va Chenda denied the factory’s culpability in the fainting.
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* Applications for the 3rd Garment Workers Labour Law Competition Kick off Today:

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia in cooperation with Radio Mohanokor FM 93.5MHz is launching the 3rd radio competition allowing garment workers to express their knowledge and experience pertaining to the Cambodian Labour Law.

This initiative has a strong educational potential and is aimed to send a positive message to workers that the knowledge of the Cambodian labour law is important and useful in their daily working lives, while advocating for effective labour law implementation and promoting the industry.

“The competition will not be only the platform for the selected applicants to challenge one another about the Cambodian Labour Law, but also it can disseminate the information to a number of listeners, especially garment workers,” said Ms Jill Tucker, Chief Technical Advisor for ILO-Better Factories Cambodia. read more.

20:02:48 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* 13 industrial sectors will get new import duty facility:

Local business players can utilize government-paid import duty (BMDTP) incentives starting from next month as the facility has been approved by the Finance Ministry, an official says.
“It seems they [business players] can access it next month because the excise and customs [office] has signed it,” Industry Ministry’s director for industry climate and quality policy research center Haris Munandar told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
The facility, which will be regulated under a Finance Ministry regulation, will cover 13 industrial sectors, including stationery, textiles, plastic, telecommunications and fiber optics. The value of import duties to be paid by the government under the facility is estimated to reach Rp 405 billion (US$43.74 million). read more.

 

18:32:48 local time map of myanmar MYANMAR

* Rangoon Factory Hunger Strike Enters Third Day & about garment workers:

Forty-five steelworkers have continued their hunger strike for a third day at Yangon Crown Steel Factory in Myauntakar Industrial Zone in Rangoon’s Hmawbi Township as representatives of the workers entered into talks on Monday with the factory manager and Director General of the Worker Supervisory Office Win Shein. (….)

In the meantime, workers’ strikes have apparently gained momentum and spread to factories in Hlaing Tharyar, Shwepyithar, Hmawbi and Taikkyi.
However, factory workers resumed work over the weekend at seven Rangoon factories: Toe Myat Aung knitting factory; YJ [garments]; Nay Min Aung [garments]; Pearl [garments]; Asia Rose [garments]; Sapae Pwint Garment Factory; and Miss Tai shoe factory—which are owned by either South Korean, Chinese or Japanese firms.

U Htay, a lawyer acting as consultant for the workers, said, “The employees [at the seven factories] had to go back to work because they cannot survive any longer, and need to support their families.”
On the other hand, Hi Mo wig factory workers said they will continue strike action until their demands are met despite some strikers suffering from health problems.
read more.

18:02:48 local time map of bangla_desh Bangla Desh

* 20 hurt as garment workers clash with cops in N’ganj:

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between garment workers and police at Kanchpur in Sonargaon upazila on Sunday.

Police and witnesses said adviser to Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra Advocate Montu Ghosh and two other union leaders were injured as criminals beat them indiscriminately when they came to a garment factory of Sinha Group in the area on Saturday.

About 20,000-22,000 workers of several garment factories of the group began a work abstention in the morning and took to the streets at about 11 am protesting at the attack on the trade union leaders. read more.

* 20 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops:

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between garment workers and police at Kanchpur in Sonargaon upazila on Sunday, reports UNB.
Police and witnesses said adviser to Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra Advocate Montu Ghosh and two other union leaders were injured as criminals beat them indiscriminately when they came to a garment factory of Sinha Group in the area on Saturday.
About 20,000-22,000 workers of several garment factories of the group began a work abstention in the morning and took to the streets at about 11 am protesting at the attack on the trade union leaders.
The clash broke out when police tried to disperse the agitating workers while putting barricade on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway.
A chase and counter-chase took place during the melee that left 20 injured.
The unruly workers also set fire to three shops allegedly owned by criminals responsible for the attack on the trade union leaders.
Later, police fired over 50 teargas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the agitating garment workers from the highway.
The law enforcers brought the situation under control around 12 noon, said officer-in-charge of Sonargaon Police Station Harun-or-Rashid. Traffic on the highway was disrupted for about half an hour following the clash, causing immense sufferings to passengers.
Instigation from outside led to violence in ready-made garments factories (RMG) recently as nature of the unrest clearly indicated that there was an involvement of outsiders. read more.

* Instigation from outside led to RMG unrest- Minister:

He says meeting will be held at gates of RMGs in case of new crisis

Instigation from outside led to violence in ready-made garments factories (RMG) recently as nature of the unrest clearly indicated that there was an involvement of outsiders.

Steps will be taken to solve problem locally in case of fresh crisis in RMG units and problems will be solved locally by holding gate meeting with the participation of the authority of the concerned garments factories and the RMG crisis management committee, headed by a local MP, in order to fend off violence in the sector which accounts for more than 70% of the country`s total income from export.read more.

* H&M worried about Bangladesh ‘violence’:

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB, HM-B.SK +0.27% the world’s second-largest clothing retailer, wants to source more products from Bangladesh to take advantage of cheap labor, but unrest and violent strikes present a big hurdle to expansion in the troubled country, said a report carried by the Wall Street Journal.

“The often-recurring strikes and demonstrations disrupt production and cause delays. We want to grow in Bangladesh … a stable market will benefit us buyers, the suppliers and the workers,” H&M’s head of sustainability, Helena Helmersson, told Dow Jones Newswires.

About 25 percent of H&M’s products are made in Bangladesh and the company aims to increase this figure, but it is not the only big retailer looking to expand there.

The industry already accounts for about 80 percent of Bangladesh’s exports and employs about 3 million people. Research company McKinsey expects apparel exports to double by 2015 and triple in 10 years, with big buyers moving from China as capacity constraints and wage inflation erode profit margins. read more.

* ‘Vested group incite unrest in RM Garment’:

A labour leader Sunday said he believed that a group of vested interest group might be trying to destabilise apparel industry in the country. Mantu Ghosh, president of Trade Union Kendro was suddenly came under attack by an unidentified goons on Saturday night near Kachpur bridge.
In an emergency meeting Sunday called by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association Mantu said he believed that some people with vested interest might have been trying to incite trouble in the apparel industry.
“I have failed to identify the persons who abruptly swooped on me on Saturday night.
But I am sure that they were a vested quarter who has been trying to create unrest in the RMG sector,” said Mantu at the auditorium of BGMEA. read more.

* 25 injured as RMGarment workers, cops clash:

At least 25 people including 5 policemen were injured as garments workers clashed with law enforcers at Kachpur area under Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj in the city’s outskirts on Sunday. Thousands of workers of Sinha group demonstrated on the street in protest against assault on garment trade union leader of the company on Saturday by some terrorists. They blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chittagong highway for three hours resulting halt in movement of traffic causing sufferings to the commuters.
“The agitating workers also set three shops ablaze in the area and the law enforcers lobbed at least 50 tear gas canisters and rubber bullets to disperse the workers to free the highway,” said Nazmul Alam, superintendent of police in Narayanganj.
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* 30 RMG workers, 10 cops injured in clash at Kanchpur:

At least 30 people, including 10cops, were injured as readymade garment (RMG) workers locked into clashes withpolice at Kanchpur under Sonargaon thana yesterday.

Police and witnesses said the RMGworkers of Sinha Garments took out to the street disrupting the vehicles’movement on the Dhaka- Sylhet highway for about two hours from 10am protestingthe alleged attack on their three Sramik leaders including Montu  by miscreants.

“Ten 10 police men wereinjured when they tried to free the highway from the occupation of RMG workerswho were engaged in the acts of vandalism including torching vehicles anddamaging shops and establishments at Kolapatty area at 10 am,” Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Sonargaon Police Station Harun-Or-Rashid told BSS.
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* 30 hurt as RMGarment workers clash with cops:

At least 30 people including 10 policemen were injured as apparel workers clashed with police in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Sunday.

The workers of Sinha Group, who were protesting an attack on a trade union leader, also blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway for three hours suspending transport movement that caused immense sufferings to the commuters.

The disgruntled workers also set three shops ablaze in the area, reports our Narayanganj correspondent.

On Saturday, advocate Montu Ghosh, adviser of the Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra, and two of his associates were wounded critically in an attack by unidentified criminals at Kanchpur.

The workers of Sinha Group located at Kanchpur went to the office Sunday morning and started a work abstention protesting the attack on Montu Ghosh, said Harun-or-Rashid, officer-in-charge of Narayanganj Police Station. read more.

* Police want lists of troublemakers in industrial belts:

Police at a meeting on Sunday asked the RMG factory owners to provide them with lists of troublemakers in the export oriented sector now facing a fresh turmoil due to labour unrest.
Labour and employment minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain held the meeting with representatives from the garment manufacturers and knitwear factory owners at the secretariat to address the labour unrest that flared up in the RMG sector in last couple of weeks.
‘We have asked all the five zonal crisis management committees in the labour intensive areas of Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj to look into the labour unrest issue and identify the reasons behind the resent incidents in which workers took to streets out of rumour or just to protest a road accidents although factory owners have nothing to do in such cases,’ the labour minister said.
He said the crisis management committees led by local lawmakers were asked to hold regular meetings to restore peace in the apparel sector where around 40 lakh workers, 80 per cent of them women, were engaged. read more.

* 30 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops:

At least 30 people were injured in sporadic clashes between policemen and garment workers at Kanchpur, outskirts of the capital city, suspending vehicular movements on one of the country’s key highways for over three hours Sunday.

Thousands of apparel labourers, being infuriated by the strict police action, torched three shops and damaged several passing vehicles during the trouble-hours.

Witnesses said nearly 10,000 workers of Sinha Group located at Kanchpur in Narayanganj Industrial Apparel Belt were staging work abstention inside factory premise from 8:30 am to protest an attack on a trade union leader.

Adviser of the left-leaning Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra Montu Ghosh was among the three seriously wounded in an attack launched by an unknown miscreant in the area Saturday, leading to the programme of work abstention. read more.

* Political unrest makes H&M wary of Bangladesh:

Officials of Swedish fashion retailer say strikes delay production
 

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) wants to source more products from Bangladesh due to the country’s cheap labour, but political unrest and violent strikes bar the company from expanding here, Dow Jones Newswires said in a report yesterday.

“The often-recurring strikes and demonstrations disrupt production and cause delays. We want to grow in Bangladesh […] a stable market will benefit us — buyers, the suppliers and the workers,” Dow Jones quoted H&M’s head of sustainability Helena Helmersson as saying.

H&M, the world’s second-largest clothing retailer, sources 25 percent of its products from Bangladesh and aims to increase the figure.
H&M is not the only big retailer looking to expand in Bangladesh.
The local industry already accounts for about 80 percent of Bangladesh’s exports and employs about 30 lakh people. read more.

* H&M wants to source more products from Bangladesh:

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB, the world’s second-largest clothing retailer, wants to source more products from Bangladesh to take advantage of cheap labour, but unrest and violent strikes present a big hurdle to expansion in the troubled country, said a report carried by the Wall Street Journal.
‘The often-recurring strikes and demonstrations disrupt production and cause delays. We want to grow in Bangladesh … a stable market will benefit us buyers, the suppliers and the workers,’ H&M’s head of sustainability, Helena Helmersson, told Dow Jones Newswires.
About 25 per cent of H&M’s products are made in Bangladesh and the company aims to increase this figure, but it is not the only big retailer looking to expand there.
read more.

* Apparel accessories makers worried over retaining growth:

Country’s apparel accessories and packaging products manufacturers are worried over maintaining their export growth in the current fiscal year (FY 2011-2012) as the ongoing economic recession in the European Union (EU) is affecting the industry.

The region of 27 European states is the major destination for the local exporters, consuming nearly 50 per cent of the Bangladeshi garment accessories and packaging products.

The industry insiders said they will not be able to fulfil the export target of US$ 4.0 billion plus in the current fiscal which will end next month (June), due to the financial meltdown in the key markets of the sector.

According to the data of Bangladesh Garment Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA), the country has already fetched $ 3.5 billion until April this year. read more.

*  Two state textile mills sold at low prices:

The government has accepted bids much lower than its valuation from the private sector for the sale of two state-owned textile mills, Magura Textile Mills and Rangamati Textile Mills.
The highest bid for Magura Textile was Tk 28.50 crore, lower than the government’s valuation of Tk 59.71 crore. Rangamati Textile raised Tk 28.10 crore, around Tk 27 crore less than the government’s estimation.
Both textile mills were marked for privatisation in April 2007. “The decision was taken as the low bidding rates coupled with dithering delayed the privatisation of the public sector industries for nearly a year,” said Mirza Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Privatisation Commission. to read. & read more.

 * RMG exporters demand end to illegal delivery of goods:

Bangladeshi garments industries are losing huge amount of foreign exchange from export earnings every year because of illegal delivery of exported goods by the freight forwarders and shipping agents.
International buyers use such undocumented deliveries and do not pay the bills for exported goods.
Exporters termed this non-payment trend which is continuing for the last 10 years as the highest risk to the readymade garment sector and demanded stern legal framework for recovering the money from the freight forwarders and shipping agents.
‘Bangladeshi exporters are losing around $20 million or Tk 160 crore of export earnings every year due to this problem,’ Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin told New Age recently.
He said that according to law, no shipping agent or forwarder could deliver exported goods without documents endorsed by banks. But the shipping agents and transport operators were doing so which caused a huge loss in export earnings every year.
read more.

17:32:48 local time map of india INDIA

* 80 child labourers trafficked -rescued from garment and leather factories:

80 child labourers trafficked from Bihar and Nepal were rescued from Central Delhi by the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan a few days ago. The seven employers and traffickers were also arrested. This is seen as a positive step in the fight for a child-labour free India, something that is seen as a major problem for India.

On 24th May, 2012, in a joint raid by ‘Delhi Task Force on Raid and Rescue and Rehabilitation of Child Labourers’ and child rights activists, 80 child labourers were rescued from garment and leather factories in Navi Kareem, Tel Mill Gali, Paharganj in New Delhi. Seven employers and traffickers were arrested on the spot and police investigations are in progress.

The rescue operation was led by Sub-Divisional Magistrate Mr. Madhaok (SDM, Paharganj) accompanied by police, members from Labour Department and Child Welfare Committee and activists from Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Child Line.

The children were trafficked through local agents from the villages of Bihar and Nepal and had been working in the factories for over six months. They were involved in stitching, cutting, dyeing, and tanning of garment and leather. The leather items included some well-known brands of leather bags.

The case of 12-year-old child labourer Vikas (name changed), rescued in the same raid was heart rendering. “I don’t like to work”, said a sobbing Vikas. “I have serious kidney problems and yet sometimes my employer makes me work from 8 in the morning till 2 in the night”, he added.

Another 8 year-old-child labourer Raju (name changed), was found working in a pitiable condition with a broken leg. “I belong to Sitamarhi in Bihar and I was brought here by a man in our village who gave money to my parents to bring me here”, said Raju.

Most of the children were below 14 years of age (the youngest one being 7 years old) and used to work from 10 in the morning till 12 in the night for a meagre amount of Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 as weekly wages. read more.

* 80 child workers rescued after swoop:

As many as 80 child labourers have been rescued from garment and leather factories in central Delhi’s Paharganj. Thursday’s rescue has once highlighted the issue of child trafficking, as majority of the children were brought from Nepal and Bihar to work in the factories. “Some of the children are only six years old. They were brought here with the help of local agents in the villages of Bihar and Nepal and had been working in the factories for over six months. They were involved in stitching, cutting, dyeing and tanning of clothes and leather,” said a senior Delhi government official.

The Delhi government has decided to take strict action against the trafficking of children, such as sealing buildings where they are illegally employed. read more.

* Fire engulfs garment factory in Gandhi Nagar:

The Capital’s firemen had their hands full for the third time this week after a major fire broke out at a three-storey garment factory located in a congested locality in east Delhi on Sunday morning.
According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials, it took firemen over four-and-a half hours to douse the fire, which was reported at around 2 pm from a bylane near the Mahila Colony located in Gandhi Nagar.

“Around 25 fire tenders were pressed into service and the situation was brought under control by 6.40 pm. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained,” a DFS official said Officials said the fire, which engulfed the nylon garment-manufacturing-cum-storage facility in the Tagore Gali, had originally started around 8 am, but residents staying nearby did not call them thinking that would put it out themselves.

“However, after they couldn’t bring it under control, they called the Fire Department. No injuries have been reported and we are investigating the exact cause of the blaze. We are also looking for the factory owner, Beenu,” the official said. read more.

* Lakshmi Machine Works Q4 profit slips to Rs 6.99 cr:

The year 2011-12 has been a tough one for textile machinery manufacturer Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW).
The budget did not bring much cheer to the textile industry; the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) benefit, which was expected to be extended, was a disappointment; nothing much happened on the post-spinning policy and power situation in Tamil Nadu proved disastrous for the industry as a whole.
read more.

* US must fall in line on cotton subsidy:

With WTO’s Doha Round negotiations stalled till the new US President assumes office, all hopes of a reduction in US cotton subsidy rest on the upcoming revision of current farm support legislation that expires on September 30, 2012.
Though the issue has not received much media attention in India, it has long-term implications for India’s cotton and manmade fibre producers already suffering from unsold stocks and slowing demand. (…)

High US subsidy on cotton keeps the international price of the cotton artificially low. This adversely affects the export competiveness of competing cotton-exporting countries, including India, which accounts for roughly 20 per cent of the world export of cotton, or Australia with 7 per cent, Brazil (6 per cent) and West Africa including C-4 countries (5 per cent). For C-4 countries cotton is the key export item. The low international price of cotton (on account of US subsidy) also depresses the demand for and price of other manmade fibres, in particular of viscose staple fibre which is blended with cotton to make yarn, fabric and garments.

When India is faced with a burgeoning trade deficit, every exportable item counts. However, continuing US subsidy on cotton, despite a series of adverse rulings by WTO, hurts India’s exports of cotton as well as those of blending materials like viscose staple fibre, or in some cases, synthetic fibres. As if India’s export curbs and policy flip flops are not enough, artificially suppressed price of cotton on account of US subsidy deprives the producers of cotton and manmade fibres from getting remunerative prices for their products. read more.

* Levi’s India advertising to be handled by Wieden+Kennedy:

After staying with JWT for nine years, denim brand Levi’s is moving its India advertising account to Wieden + Kennedy (W+K), as a part of a global realignment plan to have a single creative agency. W+K will operate as a full-service creative partner, responsible for all future campaigns. read more.

* Gujarat to formulate ‘5 Fs’ Textile Policy:

The Chief Minister of Gujarat – Mr Narendra Modi, has dynamic plans to add value to the raw cotton produced in the state. Incidentally, Gujarat is the biggest cotton producing state in India.
Mr Narendra Modi said his government is in the process of putting together a textile policy which will boost the cotton textile value chain in Gujarat. read more.

17:02:48 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Pakistan- Child rights: Law to set minimum age for child work:

 The Labour Department is set to propose 14 years as the minimum age of employment in the draft of the Prohibition of the Employment of Children Act (PECA), The Express Tribune has learnt.
The PECA is set to replace the Employment of Children Act (ECA) 1991.
Saeed Awan, the director of the Centre for Improvement of Working Conditions and Environment (CIWCE) in the Labour Department, told The Express Tribune that the ECA did not set a minimum age of employment.

“The new child labour law will change this basic premise,” he said.

The ECA defines a ‘child’ as one below the age of 14 and an ‘adolescent’ as one between the ages of 14 and 18. It banned child labour in four occupations and 34 processes. For other occupations, it offered a regulatory mechanism for both children and adolescents.
“The new law will prohibit children below 14 years of age from being employed and ensure regulatory mechanisms for adolescent workers,” he said. People enter the workforce before the age of 18 all over the world, he said. read more.

map of Asia

CHINA
* Company seeks to floor the opposition
* Draft protects workers from high temperatures

PHILIPPINES
* TUCP questions P30 cola of minimum wage earners

VIET NAM
* Garment exports slow down

THAILAND
* Trade deficit tops $8 bn in first 4 months of year
* Wage hike drives industries away
* Arguing the B300 minimum wage case

CAMBODIA
* SL garment strike resumes after pact disavowed
* Factory fainting: Garment workers fall ill in Kampong Speu
* Applications for the 3rd Garment Workers Labour Law Competition

INDONESIA
* 13 industrial sectors will get new import duty facility

MYANMAR
* Rangoon Factory Hunger Strike Enters Third Day & about garment workers

Bangla Desh
* 20 hurt as garment workers clash with cops in N’ganj
* 20 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops
* Instigation from outside led to RMG unrest- Minister
* H&M worried about Bangladesh ‘violence’
* ‘Vested group incite unrest in RM Garment’
* 25 injured as RMGarment workers, cops clash
* 30 RMG workers, 10 cops injured in clash at Kanchpur
* 30 hurt as RMGarment workers clash with cops
* Police want lists of troublemakers in industrial belts
* 30 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops
* Political unrest makes H&M wary of Bangladesh
* H&M wants to source more products from Bangladesh
* Apparel accessories makers worried over retaining growth
* Two state textile mills sold at low prices
* RMG exporters demand end to illegal delivery of goods

INDIA
* 80 child labourers trafficked -rescued from garment and leather factories
* 80 child workers rescued after swoop
* Fire engulfs garment factory in Gandhi Nagar
* Lakshmi Machine Works Q4 profit slips to Rs 6.99 cr
* US must fall in line on cotton subsidy
* Levi’s India advertising to be handled by Wieden+Kennedy
* Gujarat to formulate ‘5 Fs’ Textile Policy

PAKISTAN
* Pakistan- Child rights: Law to set minimum age for child work

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