in the news on-line, 20 july 2012

19:47:08 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Chinese goods sold under Vietnamese brands:

A large number of garments from China have been brought into Vietnam and had their brands and labels replaced by those of the latter country, Duong Thi Ngoc Dung, CEO of the Vinatex supermarket chain, told a conference Wednesday.

“It hurts seeing these Chinese products sold at Vietnamese supermarkets and other distributing channels,” said Dung at the meeting to evaluate the effectiveness of the drive to encourage local consumers to buy Vietnamese-made goods over the last six months.
The CEO also warned that this is no longer an isolated case.
“If this trend continues a large number of local laborers in the textile and garment sector will lose their jobs,” she said.
Sharing Dung’s concern, Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai, deputy head of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, urged that the inspection and prevention on smuggled goods, especially those from China, should be fortified.
“Otherwise, the encouragement of using Vietnamese products will become less significant,” she said. read more. & read more.
  

* FTAs expected to boost apparel exports:

Vietnam’s garment and textile exports have achieved an annual growth rate of 25-30 percent in recent years, earning US$15.6 billion in 2011.

Vietnam’s share is still modest in comparison with the world’s annual apparel consumption of about US$350-400 billion, but there are more opportunities for the country’s garment industry in the near future.
According to trade experts, free trade agreements (FTAs) between Vietnam, ASEAN and other countries and regions, which are in force or under negotiations, are a useful tool for raising the industry’s turnover in the future.
It is clear that the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, which took effect in late 2009, has opened major opportunities for the country’s growing industry as it regulates to cut all tariffs on apparel products to Japan to zero percent.
read more.

19:47:08 local time map of laos LAOS

* Worker registration book to be used in public:

The Labour Protection Department of the Lao Federation of Trade Union is going to proclaim the application of a worker’s registry book to monitor and follow up local workers on 25 July.

The worker’s registry book with the term of five years application is simply to control and facilitate to workers, according to official’s Labour Protection Department of Lao Federation of Trade Union.

The result of a recent test of the book with the business units in Savannakhet, Bolikhamsay, Khammouane, Sayabouly and Bokeo provinces found that workers have showed interesting,” said an official.
The worker’s registry book will be a better record for workforce statistic, monitor migration of workers, background, education level and salary.
This helps reducing disadvantaged workers in case of bearing conflicts in the framework of government and private company.
This way raises also awareness of role of Lao Federation of Trade Union.
More than 50,000 workers will receive books per year from now until 2015 . to read.

19:47:08 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Firms ‘ignore wage hike law’:

Many aren’t paying out new rates, activists say

The Yingluck Shinawatra government has come under fire for its failure to order employers to adopt the 300-baht minimum daily wage policy.

The criticism was made yesterday by labour rights advocates at a news conference announcing the number of unfair employment complaints resulting from the daily wage policy.
It was held at the Thai Labour Museum Foundation on Nikom Rotfai Makkasan Road in Bangkok.

In the first month after the new wage policy took effect on April 1, the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, a labour rights and welfare non-governmental organisation, received 73 complaints about employers failing to increase pay.
Since then, the number of complaints has mushroomed to 5,134, according to tallies from the committee’s eight complaint centres.
While the complaints keep piling up, the government, especially the Labour Ministry, has done nothing to look into the problem, treating it only as a conflict between employers and workers, committee head Chalee Loysung said. read more.

19:47:08 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Factory workers hold out for more:

Little more than a week after garment workers were granted a US$10 monthly increase in allowances and bonuses, thousands of workers at a number of factories joined strikes with a clear message yesterday: they need more.

Workers rallied outside factory gates and some marched to the Ministry of Social Affairs in a bid for more bonuses and the reinstatement of sacked union representatives.

Sieng Yot, a Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union official at Hai Yon factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, said more than 100 workers from that factory had voiced their demands in the city centre.

“The workers demanded five points, including that [management] allow three union officials and six workers who were sacked in May to go back to work, and that they pay workers $15 for transportation and accommodation,” he said.

In Dangkor district, C.CAWDU official Ney Buntoeun said about 1,000 workers at the Golden Gain Shoe company striked for a second day.
“The workers decided to strike after the company forced them into overtime,” he said. read more.


Garment workers from the Hai Yon factory strike in Phnom Penh yesterday. Workers from four factories protested to demand better working conditions and the reinstatement of sacked union officials. Photograph: Vireak Mai/Phnom Penh Post

* Union leader lobbies Hun Sen again over labor dispute:

Cambodian Federation of Unions President Rong Chhun has again asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to help resolve a labor dispute with Taiwanese-owned Tainan Enterprises (Cambodia) Co.

In a letter dated Thursday, Rong Chhun said Hun Sen’s recent letter to Labor Minister Vong Soth had led to inconclusive talks and that the prime minister’s intervention was needed.
There was no immediate response from the prime minister’s office. to read.

* The challenge of getting a job in Cambodia:

 Vann Dara, 27 uses half his salary to help support his six siblings and the other half to finance his own studies.

In a county where the vast majority of the population works in the informal sector, getting a steady job that pays a regular salary is no easy feat – and Dara says a government-run employment centre made it possible. For the past two years, he has worked as a marketing officer at a sauce factory in Makara 13, a village in north-eastern Cambodia.

He earns the equivalent of $80 a month, a salary that finances his studies at the University of Management and Economy (UME) in Battambang, and helps keep his brothers and sisters in school. “If there were no Job Centre, I would be having difficulty getting a job because I am still studying and have no work experience,” says Dara.
The Battambang Job Centre is one of five set up by the National Employment Agency, as part of a strategy to help tackle unemployment, and particularly vulnerable employment. The government plans to expand the number of centres to 24.
The ILO has provided technical training and financial assistance for the initiative, as well as advice on ways to develop the potential of private employment services.
read more.

20:47:08 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* 4 ASEAN nations ready for economic integration:

Representatives from four ASEAN nations – Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Indonesia – vowed that rules and regulations are being improved to embrace an investment flow in light of the activation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

At the Krungthep Turakij seminar on “AEC Plus: Your Business sto the New Frontier” yesterday, the representatives said that they welcome investment from neighboring countries should these benefit local workers and be friendly to the environment.
Ros Sao, Commercial Counselor, Royal Embassy of Cambodia, said at the seminar that his country is ready for the AEC, through a series of training courses to prepare its people for the integration. He said that the legal framework and infrastructure has been improved, and Cambodia stands ready to answer all questions from its neighbors.
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Indonesia has abundant natural resources, but labor wage is lower than that of some countries in ASEAN. With the economic growth rate of 6 per cent per annum, Indonesia is in the position to draw more investment and that encourages the country to prepare for the integration, she added. read more.

* Newsletter from Betterwork-Indonesia July:

Contents:
1. Better Work Impact Survey Reveals Concerns of Factory Workers on Work and   Life Conditions
2. Enterprise Advisors Summit: Bandung, May 2012, Indonesia
3. SMS Programme: The End-line Survey of Information, Education and Communication Mobile Initiative for Factory Workers
4. Promoting the Right Policies and Programmes on HIV and AIDS in the Workplace
5. Highlight: CSR Story of PT Dream Sentosa Indonesia
6. Photo Bank
You can download the letter here.

19:17:08 local time map of myanmar BURMA/MYANMAR

* Burma hopes for end of EU tariffs:

Burmese authorities are now discussing the lifting of tariff taxes with European countries under the EU-Asean Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The garment industry in Burma has been hurt by European tariffs which make the country less competitive than its Asean neighbors. Photo: myanmargarment.netThe garment industry in Burma has been hurt by European tariffs which make the country less competitive than its Asean neighbors. Photo: myanmargarment.net

Officials from the Ministry of Commerce are now negotiating on the removal of the tariffs, following the EU suspension of sanctions in April, an official told Eleven Media Group in an article published on Monday.
The European Union said on Friday it would look to reinstate preferential access for imports from Burma, following international recognition of progress on labor reforms in the country.

In a key move, the International Labour Organization (ILO) lifted punitive restrictions on Burma, in place for more than a decade, in response to a new law on trade unions and a pledge to end forced labour by 2015.
“The EU fully recognizes the importance of the ILO report and considers this a positive step forward in the process of the reinstatement of preferential market access for Myanmar/Burmese products to the European market,” the EU’s foreign policy and trade chiefs said in an EU joint statement.
The EU hopes to propose allowing tariff-free imports from Burma under its “everything but arms” initiative for less developed countries, said the statement, which did not give a time frame for a decision. read more.

* Foreign garment factories rush to invest in Myanmar:

Five foreign garment factories are now discussing about investments in Myanmar.
Among them are three from Thailand, one from South Korea and one from Japan, according to Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association.
It is reportedly known that licenses have been applied for these garment factories at the Myanmar Investment Commission.
Secretary Daw Khaing Khaing New of MGMA said, “Garment businesspersons from Thai, South Korea and Japan have applied for permissions to set up their factories in Myanmar. It is almost possible to operate these factories soon.” read more.

18:47:08 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* RMG workers demand full rationing:

RMG workers on Thursday demanded full rationing system in factories to reduce the burden of increasing prices of essentials on about 40 lakh workers in the sector.

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Addressing a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club, the workers’ leaders also stressed that the government and the factory owners should immediately start the partial rationing system for workers in factories for Ramadan.

The human chain was organised by Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) to press home their six-point demand, including wage hike of workers, establishment of garment workers’ colonies in industrial zones and reintroduction of trade unions in factories.

Earlier at a meeting between the Food Ministry officials and the representatives of workers and owners of the RMG sector on July 10, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque assured that RMG will be able to procure 20 kilogram of rice, or 10 kilogram of rice and 10 kilogram of flour, every month at subsidised prices at their respective workstations. read more.

* Apparel workers demand wage revision:

Clothing workers on Thursday requested the government to revise their wages in keeping with sky rocketing prices.

Dhaka Poshak Prastutkari Sramik Sangha brings out a procession in the capital on Thursday, pushing for their demands including payment of their outstanding wages and snacks and night allowances. — New Age photo
Dhaka Poshak Prastutkari Sramik Sangha brings out a procession in the capital on Thursday, pushing for their demands including payment of their outstanding wages and snacks and night allowances. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council raised the demand at a demonstration in the city.
Speaking at a human chain formed by the workers in front of National Press Club the BGWUC leaders also demanded introduction of government’s ration shops for selling food and other essentials to apparel workers at prices they can afford.
They asked the government to allow the workers the right to form trade unions at apparel factories.
The council held the demonstration for realizing its six-point demand including providing the workers with low cost housing and transportation.
The council leaders said that the factory owners were continuing to deny trade union rights to apparel workers.
They demanded 30 per cent dearness allowance pending the wage hike commensurate to soaring essential prices, accommodation, and payment wage, bonus and overtime dues before Eid-ul-Fitr. read more.

* RMG workers demand full food rationing:

RMG workers on Thursday demanded full rationing system in factories to reduce the burden of increasing prices of essentials on about 40 lakh workers in the sector.
Addressing a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club, the workers’ leaders also stressed that the government and the factory owners should immediately start the partial rationing system for workers in factories for Ramadan.
The human chain was organised by Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) to press home their six-point demand, including wage hike of workers, establishment of garment workers’ colonies in industrial zones and reintroduction of trade unions in factories.
Earlier at a meeting between the Food Ministry officials and the representatives of workers and owners of the RMG sector on July 10, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque assured that
RMG will be able to procure 20 kilogram of rice, or 10 kilogram of rice and 10 kilogram of flour, every month at subsidised prices at their respective workstations.
read more. (1 lakh =100.000)


Members of Bangladesh Garments Sromik Oikko Parishad form a human chain in front of the National Press Club on Thursday in support of their various demands including introduction of food rationing for them. Photo: nashirul islam/ bdnews24.com/ Dhaka, July 19, 2012

Some organisations form a human chain in front of the Press Club in Chittagong on Thursday demanding food purity assurance. Photo: suman Babu/ bdnews24.com/ Chittagong, July 19, 2012

* ‘RMG workers’ demands must be met’:

Discussants at a roundtable have emphasised on meeting the demands of garments workers.

Readymade garments sector makes great contributions to the economy, but its workers are being neglected in many ways, the discussants said at the roundtable — Social responsibility towards garments workers — held in a hotel at the port city on Wednesday.
Chittagong City Corporation mayor Manjur Alam asked representatives of BKMEA and BGMEA who were present to ensure all necessary facilities for the workers.
Discussants also emphasised reducing occupational hazards and ensuring proper working environment.  read more.

* Project launched to create jobs for poor women:

The Northern Areas Reduction-of-Poverty Initiative (NARI) project, supported by the World Bank (WB), aims to economically empower poor and vulnerable women in the northwestern region by facilitating their access to jobs in the ready-made garment sector, reports BSS.

The project launching workshop on June 14, 2012 was successful with active participation of the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA), as well as other relevant government agencies. Representatives from development partners and civil society organisations also attended the launching ceremony. to read.

* EU envoy suggests talks to end RMG troubles:

Amid buyers’ concern over workplace atmosphere in Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector, the European Union yesterday urged stakeholders to hold talks to avoid unrest in the field.
“Some of the European buyers have expressed concern after the killing of garment workers’ union leader Aminul Islam,” said William Hanna, ambassador and head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh.
Hanna spoke at a session on ‘Lisbon treaty and changes in EU diplomacy’, organised by Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association, Bangladesh (DCAB), with support from the EU, at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka. read more. & read more.
  

18:17:08 local time map of india INDIA

* ‘Entry of Bangladesh garments will hit Indian industry severely’:

Duty-free entry of readymade garments from Bangladesh may have a “severe impact” on the Indian garment industry, Mr Vijay Kariwala, Vice-President of the West Bengal Garment Manufacturers and Dealers Association (WBGMDA), said on Wednesday.

“While the price of a readymade garment goes up by nearly 15 per cent after duties and State tax in West Bengal, a garment brought from Bangladesh is sold at a lesser price since no duty is imposed,” Mr Kariwala said on the sidelines of 39th Garment Buyers and Sellers Meet organised by WBGMDA here. As a result, garment manufacturers may convert themselves into dealers and bring in readymade products from Bangladesh soon. With the participation of 60 different brands, the Buyers and Sellers Meet is expected to get 4000 garment retailers, Mr Kariwala said.
The garment industry body said the State Government should immediately improve the infrastructure for the industry.
“We have been requesting the State Government to set up a garment cluster through the public-private partnership and an exhibition centre. But it has not materialised so far,” Mr Kariwala said. to read. & read more.
  

* Report cites ‘major labour abuses’ in textile sector:

Though there are improvements in employment and labour conditions on the work floor and in workers’ hostels in textile mills and garment factories in the State, “major labour abuses continue to occur,” according to the latest report by non-government watchdogs.

The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) published a report, ‘Captured by cotton’, in May 2011 on the exploitation of Dalit girls in the south Indian garment industry that produces for European and U.S. markets. Almost a year later, there was a report, ‘Maid in India’, that states a large number of girls are employed under schemes (mostly known as Sumangali scheme) where they work for long hours, including forced overtime, under unhealthy conditions.

‘Bonded [child] labour in the south Indian garment industry – an update of debate and action on the Sumangali scheme’ by SOMO and ICN in July 2012 focusses on issues such as improvements in the garment industry in the State and the increasing number of migrant workers employed in the units. read more.

* Textile Ministry to conduct new survey of powerloom sector:

A new ‘Baseline Survey of Power Loom Sector’ is in the offing. The Ministry of Textiles has entrusted this project to AC Nielsen ORG MARG Pvt Ltd, New Delhi.
The exercise is being taken up at the national level and is to be completed in nine months.
Mr Mammen Thomas, Assistant Director at the Regional Office of the Textile Commissioner, Chinthamani Co-operative Super Market Complex here, has in a communication urged the units in the power loom sector to cooperate and provide the requisite information to officials of AC Nielsen ORG MARG to facilitate them prepare the report.
The survey will include information on installed and working capacity, technology and age of the machine, manpower and financials. “The information will be used in development planning and policy formulation,” Mr Thomas said. to read.

* Textiles to recover from demand slump this year- CMIE:

The textile industry should recover from the demand slump witnessed last financial year to post a 6% growth in yarn production and 5.7% growth in fabric production in 2012-13, says the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).
The steep rise in prices hit production of both yarn and cloth in 2011-12 and yarn production fell 5.1%. The expectation this time round is that better domestic demand and addition of fresh capacity will boost growth.
Cotton yarn, which saw an 8% fall last fiscal, should revive and post 8.5% growth in output this year. Synthetic yarn will grow by a more modest 3% says CMIE. In April, synthetic yarn production fell sharply by 7.6% pulling down overall yarn production with it. As a result, April 2012 saw yarn production down 3.2% although cotton yarn output remained flat at 0.4% growth. read more.

* Garment exports to non-traditional markets up by 16% in FY12:

India’s garment exports to non- traditional markets like Latin America and Africa grew by about 16 per cent to $ 3.15 billion in 2011-12, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) said today.

After the demand slowdown in the country’s traditional markets – the US and Europe, exporters started exploring new buyers in Latin America, Africa and Middle East countries.
“The market diversification has yielded positive results. Garment exports have increased from $ 2.7 billion in 2009-10 to $ 3.15 billion in 2011-12,” AEPC Chairman A Sakthivel said in a statement. read more.

* DLF, Lodha near agreement on Mumbai Textile Mills plot:

DLF, India’s biggest real estate firm, which is looking to offload its non-core assets to pare debt, has reached an understanding with the Lodha Group to jointly develop its 17-acre Mumbai Textile Mills plot.
The exact terms of the profit sharing agreement will be finalized in a fortnight, say sources close to the deal.
The plot has a developable space of 4 million sq ft and Lodha has plans to develop a premium housing project on the lines of Lodha Bellissimo, a 48-storey tower on N M Joshi Marg at Lower Parel. Flats in the area are now quoting over Rs40,000 a squarefoot.  read more.

* Indian handicraft exports experiences slowdown in Q1:

 Indian handicraft industry witnessed a slow export growth during the first quarter of the current fiscal, which is mainly due to slump in demand from the Western markets, particularly from the EU and the US.
According to the provisional data released by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), a nodal agency for promotion of Indian handicrafts, handicraft exports from the country increased by US$ 36.41 million from April-June 2011’s US$ 555.22 million to US$ 591.36 million during April-June this year, which is a meagre rise of 6.51 percent. read more.

* In myriad hues:

Creativity The exhibition of Gujarat Handicrafts showcases articles ranging from traditional tribal embroidery pieces to Patachitra on silk. Pushpa Chari

‘Kalayatan’ an NGO based in Madhapur near Bhuj in Gujarat, works to create and multiply wealth and value out of the embroidery skills among the Rabari tribal women of the region.

To this day their typical embroidery form practised by every Rabari woman defines her way of life and is a badge of identity.
Stitches with evocative names such as Banni, Mutwa, Jat, Soof and Ahir have created a craft language unparalleled as a living heritage. ‘Kalayatan’ works with 250 tribal women, who create a range of apparel such as kurtas, tops, ari saris, wall hangings, party bags and files, using the traditional embroidery language and skills in formats which are contemporary and in tune with today’s trends.
“Yet the charm of traditional tribal embroidery comes through,” says designer Rakshaben Bhatt, who works with the women.
“We often use old motifs and copy antique designs, but the design format is generally more uncluttered, the colours are often pastel, and the look unfussy.”
She holds up kurta yolks with ‘pako’ embroidery in soft pastel colours, wall hangings with delicately embroidered Ganeshas done in ‘ahia’ stitches, ‘gajji’ silk saris spattered with ‘ahir’ motifs and ‘soof’ embroidery hand bags all of which are on view at Gurjari’s ‘Gujarati Handicrafts’ exhibition and sale currently on in the city.
read more.

* Women tailors get a stitch in time with WEAT initiative:

‘Each tailor will be able to earn Rs.10,000 and more a month’

Nearly three-fourth of the over 90 members enrolled till date, in the multipurpose women’s cooperative society launched here recently by the Minister for Rural Industries M.C.Sampath, constitute tailors.

The 75 include a chunk of women who underwent training at the Apparel Training Centre at the Khajamalai Campus of Bharathidasan University.
The Women Entrepreneurs’ Association of Tamil Nadu (WEAT) has been recognised as the facilitating agency for streamlining orders for these women to stitch uniforms for children in State government schools.
Since the government has announced that each student will be entitled to four sets of free uniforms, there will be abundant orders for the women tailors. Each tailor will be able to earn Rs.10, 000 and even more per month, WEAT sources said. read more.

17:47:08 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Load-shedding: The silent spindles of Punjab:

Unionist says the textile industry is being destroyed day by day.
Yaseen works at a power loom cottage factory in the town of Kasur. But these days he is usually free, unable to make money as he did just a few months back. The reason behind his woes is unscheduled load-shedding.

“I work for daily wages and get money according to what I produce per day,” says Yaseen, who supports his two children, and lives in a four-room house nearby with his three brothers, two of which are employed in similar unskilled work, and one recently lost his job as a power loom in the area shut down. “We have no electricity for at least 12 to 14 hours on some days. Sometimes it’s gone for a whole five hours, so I get to work only for less than half the time,” the textile worker adds.

As he speaks, the electricity goes off, and all work comes to a halt as the machines go silent. “This is what we face every day. I am earning less than Rs8,000 a month, and I have a household to support,” Yaseen complains, foreseeing a very bleak future. “We are really frustrated and angry. If I am forced out of my job, I will join the protesters and become part of the riots, because the government has left me with no choice,” he adds.

The owner of this factory says he is fast losing his clientele too. “The cloth that we produce goes abroad, and we are always missing our delivery date,” says Shareef. “Things have never been this bad, and I do not think I will be able to run my business any longer,” he adds. read more.

* Textile exports miss target by $2.4 billion:

Textiles constitute the bulk of Pakistan’s exports which have declined by over 9.64% during the last 11 months. PHOTO: AFP

The apprehensions of exporters that the export target will fall short of the mark by $2 billion have been proven correct. In fact the export target has been missed by $2.4 billion in the outgoing fiscal year, said Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) Chairman Rana Arif Tauseef on Wednesday.

Tauseef said that he had brought this up in March and had warned that if the issues of gas and electricity supplies to industry were not resolved, the exports would miss targets by $2 billion.
Pinpointing main factors behind the decline in exports, he said that the energy crisis was the major reason that resulted in negative impact.
Foreign buyers were reluctant to place orders as they feared that the shortages will hamper production and the Pakistani exporters will not be able honour their commitments. read more.

* Pakistan seeks deal with Japan to boost textile exports:

Prior to entering into a bilateral trade treaty with Japan, Pakistan has asked Japan to extend a concessionary package to help it boost its textile and garment exports to Japan.
The demand was made during the Pakistan-Japan Business Roundtable, held to discuss specific trade and investment related issues.
Pakistan Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who led the Roundtable along with Hiroshi Oe, Japanese Ambassador in Pakistan, said the trade volume between the two countries, which presently stands at about US$ 2 billion, is much below their actual potential. read more.
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VIET NAM
* Chinese goods sold under Vietnamese brands
* FTAs expected to boost apparel exports

LAOS
* Worker registration book to be used in public

THAILAND
* Firms ‘ignore wage hike law’

CAMBODIA
* Factory workers hold out for more
* Union leader lobbies Hun Sen again over labor dispute
* The challenge of getting a job in Cambodia

INDONESIA
* 4 ASEAN nations ready for economic integration
* Newsletter from Betterwork-Indonesia July

BURMA/MYANMAR
* Burma hopes for end of EU tariffs
* Foreign garment factories rush to invest in Myanmar

BANGLA DESH
* RMG workers demand full rationing
* Apparel workers demand wage revision
* RMG workers demand full food rationing
* ‘RMG workers’ demands must be met’
* Project launched to create jobs for poor women
* EU envoy suggests talks to end RMG troubles

INDIA
* ‘Entry of Bangladesh garments will hit Indian industry severely’
* Report cites ‘major labour abuses’ in textile sector
* Textile Ministry to conduct new survey of powerloom sector
* Textiles to recover from demand slump this year-
* Garment exports to non-traditional markets up
* DLF, Lodha near agreement on Mumbai Textile Mills plot
* Indian handicraft exports experiences slowdown
* In myriad hues
* Women tailors get a stitch in time with WEAT initiative

PAKISTAN
* Load-shedding: The silent spindles of Punjab
* Textile exports miss target by $2.4 billion
* Pakistan seeks deal with Japan to boost textile exports

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