10:08:35 local time CHINA
* Cotton stocks at record high:
Inventories of imported cotton have hit a record high in China’s largest port for cotton imports, and traders are suffering from falling prices and slumping demand from the downstream textile industry, experts said yesterday.
The inventory of imported cotton rose to more than 700,000 tons in Huangdao port in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China’s main port for receiving cotton, the Xinhua News Agency reported over the weekend.
The price of cotton hit a record high at above 30,000 yuan ($4,713) per ton in March 2011 but has dropped sharply to 18,000 to 19,000 yuan per ton at the moment, even below the reserve price that the State offers to buy cotton from farmers, Guo Jianying, an agriculture analyst with Guan Tong Futures Brokerage, told the Global Times yesterday. read more.
09:08:35 local time THAILAND
* Footie fanatics boon to garment makers:
Garment manufacturers are ramping up their production of European football clubs’ jerseys to serve a flood of purchase orders despite the ongoing crisis in Europe.
Vallop Vitanakorn, secretary-general of the Thai Garment Manufacturers Association, said most of the orders are for giant teams such as Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Prior to this, Thai manufacturers were also busy producing football jerseys for countries now competing in the 2012 Uefa European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Mr Vallop said European football clubs have placed orders averaging 500,000 to 1 million jerseys per manufacturer. read more.
09:08:35 local time CAMBODIA
* Massive strike nearing- union:
The Free Trade Union has vowed to stage a mass strike in the garment and footwear industries if its demands for an extra US$30 per month of bonuses for * THE ASHULIA GARMENT WORKERS STRIKE:workers are not met, union president Chea Mony said yesterday.
The union sent a letter to Minister of Interior Sar Keng on Friday in which it called on the Labour Advisory Committee, part of the Ministry of Labour, to agree to $10 per month attendance, transport and accommodation bonuses or face a backlash from hundreds of thousands of workers.
“If the LAC does not consult and make decisions to provide these benefits, the FTU will lead a strike across the country in August,” the letter states.
The Interior Minister, however, had not accepted the request, Chea Mony said.
“They refused it, saying it had to be sent to every authority in every town to be valid . . . I will start doing this tomorrow,” he said, adding he wanted not just FTU members to strike if demands weren’t met. read more.
* To read in the printed edition of the Phnom Penh Post:
Massive strike nearing- union. read more.
08:08:35 local time BANGLA DESH
* THE ASHULIA GARMENT WORKERS STRIKE:
* Think twice before going for anarchy- PM to RMG workers:
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked the garment workers to think deeply before going for creating any anarchic situation in their factories.
“Think what you will do when factories will be closed. Will you all get jobs then?” she said while addressing a discussion marking the 63rd founding anniversary of Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
The Prime Minister said minimum wages for the garment workers were fixed at Tk 3000 on her own initiative. “I personally forced the garment factory owners to give Tk 3000 as minimum wages while they fixed Tk 2500-2600,” she said.
Posing a question, she said when the Prime Minister of a country is in favour of the garment workers, why are they creating an anarchic situation being instigated by outsiders? “Such destructive activities will just destroy your factories that provide you the livelihood.” read more.
* Short takes:
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday directed the Labour and Employment Ministry to form a committee comprising representatives from garment factory owners and workers with a view to finding out the reasons behind the recent labour unrest in the sector. The directive came at her meeting with the leaders of FBCCI, BGMEA, BKMEA and BTMA at Ganabhaban. She also asked the concerned authority to find out why the house-rent in the Ashulia area was raised thrice in a year. Earlier, at a function marking the 63rd founding anniversary of Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital, the Prime Minister asked the RMG workers to think about their future before creating any more anarchy in their factories.
The premier said minimum wages for the garment workers were fixed at Tk 3,000 at her own initiative. “I personally forced the garment factory owners to fix Tk 3,000 as minimum wage while it was Tk 2500-2600,” she said. Posing a question, she said when the Prime Minister of a country is in favour of you (RGM workers), there is no need to create anarchy instigated by the outsiders. to read.
07:38:35 local time INDIA
* Cost of lost childhood is merely Rs.100:
A hundred rupees is all it takes for an employer to go scot-free after putting a child through wretched work conditions in the State. That is the cost of one lost childhood, nowadays.
A penalty not exceeding Rs.100 has been the only ‘punishment’ imposed on nearly 12,000 employers of child labour across Andhra Pradesh over the past 16 years.
Despite the presence of a rigorous ‘Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation’ (CLPR) Act, authorities have prosecuted majority offenders under the feeble ‘A.P. Shops and Establishments’ (APSE) Act which stipulates a pittance as penalty. read more.
* Textile processors to urge GGCL to reconsider revision in gas price:
Following the increase in the price of the natural gas supplied to the industries in south Gujarat, especially to the textile processing units in Surat, the South Gujarat Textile Processors Association (SGTPA) has decided to urge the top management of the Gujarat Gas Company Limited (GGCL) to reconsider the price revision in the larger interest of the city’s ailing textile sector.
Industry sources said that the Gujarat Gas Company Limited (GGCL), which supplies gas to about 400 dyeing and printing mills in Surat, has issued a circular regarding the 9.6 per cent price hike effective from July 1. Now, the textile processors and all other industrial users in south Gujarat will have to pay Rs 29 per standard cubic meter (SCM) of gas.read more.
* Textile industry hails upgrade fund scheme extension:
Ludhiana textile industry, which is dealing with labour shortage, has hailed the decision of the Union textile ministry to extend the restructured technology upgrade fund scheme (RTUFS) for another year. The scheme was earlier slated to be operational from April 28, 2011, to March 31, 2012 and provides subsidy for upgrade of technology.
Darshan Dawer, president of Knitwear Club, said, “We welcome the textile ministry’s decision, RTUFS help the textile industry a lot. However, at this point of time when the whole industry has been facing acute shortage of labour, technology upgrade is the only tool that can save us and this scheme will speed up the upgrade process and we were demanding for long to extend the scheme.” read more.
* THE AHMEDABAD TEXTILE MILLS STRIKES:
* Chain reaction: Asarwa Mills workers too call strike:
Decline signing any agreement for interim relief offered by the Company
Just a day after Ashima, it is now Asarwa Mills that saw over 600 of its workers calling strike on Friday. This is the second such textile mill in Ahmedabad to have suffered labour unrest in two consecutive days since Thursday.
“We are joining workers of other textile mills in strike and have demanded a flat 40 per cent hike in our wages,” said Dinesh Patel, leader of the striking workers at Asarwa Mills which manufactures cotton and man-made fibre yarn at its plant in the Asarwa are of Ahmedabad. read more.
* Striking mill workers want Rs 1,600 relief:
The striking textile workers have asked Rs 1,600 per month as interim relief from the textile mills. To ponder over the issue, state labor department officials and Textile Labor Association (TLA) members will meet Ahmedabad Textile Mill’s Association (ATMA) office bearers on Monday.
Demanding a 40% hike in wages, more than 6,000 workers from Arvind, Ankur, Ashima and Asarawa mills have been on a strike. The strike began on June 4 with Arvind Mill’s Naroda plant workers deciding to abstain from work till wages are hiked
07:38:35 local time SRI LANKA
* I can still lend a helping hand:
A soldier employed at the “Ranaviru Apparel” garment factory in Alawwa, which produces more than 50% of the uniforms required by the Army. Seen here is soldier talking to Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya who visited the factory today.
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07:08:35 local time PAKISTAN
* PLGMEA proposes ban on export of raw material:
Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PLGMEA) has requested the ministry of commerce to impose an immediate ban on exports of raw, pickle, wet and dry blue and crust hides, skins and spilt leathers from Pakistan, said a statement on Friday.
Fawad Ijaz Khan, patron-in-chief of PLGMEA, said that there is an export duty of 20 percent on raw and wet blue hides and skins, but unfortunately the exporters are mis-declaring the wet blue leather to crust leather to avoid paying 20 percent export duty, it said.
“The association has helped the Customs authorities in some cases to detect wrong declaration by physically checking the leather and also took action against such exporters, but still several containers are exported with wrong declarations.”
In order to stop the practice of mis-declaration and export of raw material, the association has proposed to the ministry of commerce to ban export of leather till crust stage, he said. to read.