in the news on-line, 22 January 2013

15:33:16 local time map of china CHINA

* Labour activist sues Walmart for wrongful dismissal and wins:

When Shenzhen Walmart employee Li Wan attended a collective bargaining training seminar in neighbouring Hong Kong in the summer of 2011, she hoped the experience would help in her fight to improve pay and working conditions at the store.

However, when Walmart discovered that she had taken sick leave to attend the seminar, it fired her and refused to pay any compensation for loss of employment. Walmart claimed her actions constituted “dishonest conduct” (不诚实行为) but as Li Wan told Southern Weekend on 18 January:

Walmart was worried that I would disseminate ‘bad’ ideas about defending our legal rights amongst the workers. That was the real reason why they fired me. read more.
CHINA LABOR Bulletin

15:33:16 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* Workers hail sub-committee nod to P125 Wage Hike Bill:

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno hailed the approval today by the House Sub-committee on Labor Standards of the bill seeking to legislate a P125 across-the-board wage hike nationwide and called on the Committee on Labor and Employment to immediately pass the bill for a chance to be discussed and voted on in the plenary.

House Bill 375, or the P125 Wage Hike Bill, was subjected to a Luzon-wide consultation this morning at the Strawberry Valley Hotel in La Trinidad, Benguet in the presence of labor leaders, Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael V. Mariano, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino, Rep. Ronald Cosalan and COLE chair Rep. Emil Ong.

“We are glad at the progress being made by one of the most important bills for Filipino workers. We hope that the COLE acts on the bill fast enough so that the workers’ demand for a significant wage hike gets the chance of being deliberated and voted on in the House plenary,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.
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Workers picket Congress resumption, demand P125 Wage Hike Bill passage
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KILUSANG MAYO UNO

14:33:16 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Greater interest in textile industry, despite lack of power:

The garment industry is attracting greater interest from Western buyers who have been weighing the advantages of the country’s large and inexpensive labour force against the shortcomings of its infrastructure, industry representatives say.

At the same time, Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers who had registered garment factories as domestic entities have submitted applications to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration to re-register them, said Khaing Khaing Nwe of the Myanmar Garment and Textile… read more.
THENATION

* FTI firms fear mass closures:

A significant number of Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) members fear they may be forced to shut down their businesses because government measures are not helping them to cope with the higher minimum wage.

About a quarter of 400 firms surveyed by the FTI say they may have to close as the wage increase to 300 baht a day nationwide has pushed up their manufacturing costs by 10-12% on average.
(….)
The garment industry has been affected the most, followed by the food, electronics and ceramic sectors, said Mr Tanit, adding that 35% of small and medium-sized companies expect to post losses due to the wage hike.
A recent survey by the Industrial Works Department found that about 66,000 or 88% of factories have been hurt, according to Mr Tanit.  read more.
bangkokpost

* Free Somyot-  Demonstration today in Bangkok:

The Workers Organization for Democracy today held a demonstration outside the criminal court for Somyot’s immediate release here.

by campaign website for the Librarian of Bangkok Prison, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk.

free-somyot-Eng

* Front Line Defenders report on Somyot’s case:

Verdict in case of human rights defender Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsuk to be announced on 23 January 2013

The verdict in the case of human rights defender and labour rights activist Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is scheduled to be announced by Ratchadapisek Criminal Court on 23 January 2013 at 9am. The human rights defender has been in detention since 30 April 2011 and is charged with contravening Section 112 of the Criminal Code, commonly known as the lese majestc law. read more.
free-somyot-Eng

* Asian Human Rights Commission makes appeal:

Arbitrary detention of a human rights defender and continued removal of constitutional protections

On December 19, 2012, the Criminal Court in Bangkok was scheduled to deliver the verdict in the case of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who has been charged under Article 112 of the Criminal Code.
The reading of the decision was rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 9 am at the Criminal Court in Bangkok. The Asian Human Rights Commission urges all individuals concerned with freedom of expression, and human rights broadly, to attend the reading of the verdict if possible, and if not, to follow developments in this case closely. read more.
free-somyot-Eng

* Preparing for tomorrow’s verdict:

The campaign to free Somyot is gearing up for tomorrow’s verdict. We’ve had a huge number of letters of support in – hundreds of individuals and organizations including Amnesty International, Asia Human Rights Commission, and global unions from across the world.

We’re getting confirmations of international observers who will attend tomorrow’s verdict – including representatives from the USA and Swiss governments, the EU, the UN’s OHCHR and media from Aljazeera and Reuters.

There will be updates on this site and our facebook site throughout the day. We call upon you as supporters and press to join us tomorrow in supporting Somyot’s fight for freedom. to read.
free-somyot-Eng

14:33:16 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

*  Cambodia’s garment workers to get pay rise for 2013:

Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) on Monday agreed to increase salaries for the workers in the kingdom’s garment and footwear industries, according to a press release after a closed door meeting.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Social Affairs Ith Samheng, Minister of Labor Vong Sauth, GMAC’s president Van Sou Ieng, and representatives of trade unions in Cambodia.

“The meeting agreed in principle to discuss wage increase for the workers,” the press release said. “All trade unions should meet among them to set a unanimous proposal on minimum pay rise for workers in order to negotiate with employers.”
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NZweek

* Cambodian unions need to agree on a number: government:

Unions making demands for an increase in wages in the Kingdom’s garment industry must agree on a figure before a meeting on February 26, Minister of Social Affairs Ith Sam Heng said yesterday.

In the past month, the Cambodian Confederation of Unions has demanded the government lift the minimum wage from $61 to $150, while the Free Trade Union has called for a $120 minimum wage.

A meeting involving industry stakeholders yesterday was designed to discuss these demands, but ended with Sam Heng issuing a statement calling another meeting,
“It was agreed in principle to discuss a minimum wage increase for workers,” he said in the statement. read more.
PPP

* Workers petition Korean government:

20130122 PPP
Garment workers from International Fashion Royal Co Ltd strike outside the company’s factory before moving on to protest at the South Korean Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post

More than 300 striking workers from the International Fashion Royal garment factory in Phnom Penh appealed for assistance from the South Korean Embassy yesterday afternoon after police blocked their march to Por Sen Chey District Hall, a union official said.  

Ten days of striking for a monthly minimum wage increase from $61 to $93, overtime bonuses and other demands had yielded no response from the factory, so yesterday workers marched to the Korean Embassy because the factory’s manager is Korean, said Sreang Narith, vice president of Cambodian Workers of Economic Union Federation.

“The Korean Embassy received our petition, and they promised to call the owner of the factory to meet with the workers and union to find a solution,” Narith said.
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PPP

* Two monks hauled in for blessing striking workers:

Two monks, one a septuagenarian, the other a teenager, were detained and questioned by authorities yesterday after blessing striking garment workers at a Phnom Penh factory.

Min Seng, 78, a monk at Phum Thmey pagoda in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district, said he and fellow monk Eta Toul, 18, were detained after being invited to perform a 20-minute water blessing for workers from the Yakjin garment factory, in the capital’s Dangkor district.

“I did not know it was going to be a protest,” Seng said.
As the two monks left the factory in a tuk-tuk, a police officer had physically detained them and taken them to the Por Sen Chey district police station, Seng said.
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PPP

* Cambodia urged to free activist murder ‘scapegoats’ :

The family of a slain Cambodian labour leader on Tuesday called for the release of two men — seen by rights groups as scapegoats — sentenced to 20 years in prison for his daylight murder.

The appeal came as more than 100 workers and unionists placed flowers and lit incense sticks at the spot where government critic Chea Vichea was gunned down in Phnom Penh nine years earlier.
“We demand that Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun be freed. They are not the real killers,” the late activist’s brother Chea Mony told AFP.
Chea Mony, who now heads the Free Trade Union co-founded by his brother, urged the government to find the real culprits. read more.
STM-long

15:33:16 local time map of malaysia MALAYSIA

* Minimum Wage Will Increase Intake Of Local Workers – Subramaniam:

The implementation of minimum wage on Jan 1 is expected to increase local worker intake among employers in the country compared to foreign workers, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said this increase will reduce the dependence of local employers on foreign workers and allow them to move towards empowering local labour.

“In our labour law, we cannot discriminate workers based on their
citizenship. We cannot give foreign workers lower wages than locals to
reduce business cost.  read more.
bernama

* Effects of minimum wage to be addressed:

The Cabinet will announce measures to address employers’ concern over higher costs following the implementation of minimum wage for foreign labour, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

“The cost of foreign labour has gone up and this issue is being discussed by the Cabinet.
“We hope to make a decision within a week or two and will make an announcement,” he told reporters after attending a dialogue with skills training providers here yesterday.

He also clarified allegations made by certain quarters, in particular DAP
secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who claimed that the Government was
favouring foreign workers over locals with the implementation of minimum
wage.  read more.
the star -malaysia

* ‘Minimum wage for all’:

The argument that local workers will be less desirable than foreign labourers with implementation of a minimum wage is illogical, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

Subramaniam said, instead, a two-tier system where employers are exempted from paying their foreign workers a minimum wage of RM900 or RM800 in East Malaysia, will lead to more unemployment among the local workforce.

“Assuming a foreigner is paid RM600 and a local is paid RM900, which employer will go and hire a worker for RM900? Definitely he will be motivated to hire the cheaper alternative,” said Subramaniam at a press conference after attending a dialogue session with accredited technical and vocational training providers today.
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sundaily

15:33:16 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Forty-Seven Firms Exempt From Minimum Wage Rise:

Forty-seven companies are exempt from having to pay their employees the new minimum wage, Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said on Monday.

Speaking at a hearing at the House of Representatives, Muhaimin said the 47 firms, out of 941 who asked for an exemption, were the only ones to have been approved. He added that many applications were still being evaluated. read more.
jak-globe

14:03:16 local time map of myanmar BURMA/MYANMAR

* Western brands eye garment industry:

The garment industry is attracting greater interest from Western buyers who have been weighing the advantages of the country’s large and inexpensive labour force against the shortcomings of its infrastructure, industry representatives say.

At the same time, Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers who had registered garment factories as domestic entities have submitted applications to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration to re-register them, said Khaing Khaing Nwe of the Myanmar Garment and Textile Association.

Both the buyers and the manufacturers are expecting the industry to surge following the lifting of sanctions in export markets and because the easing of regulations on foreign investment is making it easier to set up shop here, industry representatives said.  read more.
Eleven

* Mc Group sets sights on neighbouring markets in run-up to AEC:

Mc Group has set its sights on neighbouring markets, starting with Myanmar, where it has appointed a local distributor.

The Thai jeans company will also launch an online shopping business in May, aimed at creating a new channel for both local and foreign buyers to shop for its own-brand fashion products as well as other vendors’ brands.

Overseas expansion, meanwhile, is in line with the company’s strategy to cash in on the Asean Economic Community, which comes into effect in 2015. read more.
Eleven

13:18:16 local time map of nepal NEPAL

* Saree embroidery factories raided:

A monitoring team formed under Bhaktapur Chief District Officer Ekmani Nepal today raided 24 Saree embroidery factories in Bode of Bhaktapur district. The team said after the raid that it found no minors working in the saree factories.

Following a rescue of children working in these factories in July, factory owners seem cautious about employing minors, said Child Development Society programme officer and a member of the monitoring team, Yubaraj Rokka. “However, we found fiver minors working in a carpet industry in the same area,” Rokka  further said.

CDO Nepal warned the carpet industry owners not to exploit children or be ready to face legal action otherwise. On July 4, 2012, a monitoring team had rescued some 127 minors from embroidery factories. The owners were found to have employed most of the children as bonded labourers. read more.
HIMALAYAN

13:33:16 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

           ASHULIA TAZREEN GARMENT FACTORY FIRE:

* Labour leaders demand arrest of Tazreen owner, Walmart compensation:

Leaders of some trade unions in the garment sector yesterday threatened protests if the Tazreen Fashions owner is not arrested and Walmart does not announce compensations for the fire victims within 72 hours.

The leaders also urged Walmart that cancelled orders with Tazreen Fashions following last year’s fire — not to cancel any working order from Bangladesh during this crisis period.

“We are also urging the government to open a dialogue with Walmart so that the victims of the Tazreen fire get their just compensation,” said Towhidur Rahman, a central leader of the garment workers trade unions.
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daily star bd   BSS  FE bd

MORE AND OTHER NEWS:

* RMG exports record robust growth for market diversification:

Apparel exports to new destinations registered a robust growth in the first half of the current fiscal year (FY 2012-13), as the manufacturers looked beyond the traditional western markets in the backdrop of the ongoing financial meltdown there.

Manufacturers said they had started diversifying the markets in the face of the falling demand for local items during the global recession in 2007 and then in 2008.
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FE bd

* US mulls ending Bangladesh duty-free access:

The US is considering dropping Bangladesh from a list of developing countries that receive preferential trade access in the wake of a garment factory fire in November that killed 112 people, exposing the nation’s poor working conditions, according to a recent report appearing in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

An official at the US Trade Representative’s office said it would decide by the spring whether to withdraw, suspend or limit Bangladesh’s duty-free benefits under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), a World Trade Organization arrangement that allows for special treatment of the world’s poorest countries, reported Syed Zain Al-Mahmood in the WSJ.   read more.
FE bd

* Wal-Mart tightens supplier policy after factory fire: Report:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc plans to cut ties immediately with suppliers who subcontract work to factories without the retailer’s knowledge, changing its policy after a fire killed more than 100 garment workers in Bangladesh, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Wal-Mart is warning suppliers that it is adopting a “zero tolerance policy” for violations of its global sourcing standards and the company’s new plan would begin taking effect from March 1, the Journal said.

The tougher code replaces Wal-Mart’s prior “three strikes” approach to
policing suppliers, which gave the suppliers three chances to address
problems before being terminated. read more.
ET

13:03:16 local time map of india INDIA

* Indian garment makers meet to discuss “Code of Compliance”:

The 2nd Stakeholder’ Consultation / AEPC Stakeholder Forum meet convened on January 20, 2013. The second stakeholder consultation was organized to discuss and consult the DISHA facilitation programme methodology being implemented in Garment Manufacturing Factories in India.

The meeting was presided-over by Shri V. Srinivas, IAS, Jt. Secretary (Exports), Ministry of Textiles. Chairman AEPC Dr. A Salthivel, Ashok Logani, Chairman DISHA Sub- committee,  Mrs Manisha Sinha, Director Exports, Ministry of Textiles, Shri  H K Jethi, Director Ministry of Labour, Labour Commissioner of States, Brands, Buying Houses, NGOs, Trade Union, Accreditation Agencies, Compliance consultants,  exporters were also present in the meeting.

AEPC launched the Driving Industry towards Human Capital Advancement (DISHA) programme in December 2011, under the aegis and support of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India to support the Indian apparel industry in addressing some of the concerns and challenges. AEPC is supporting the development of a code of conduct along with a guideline and self-assessment tool as Indian apparel industry’s self-regulatory initiative under the DISHA programme – Common Code of Conduct.  read more.
Fibre2fashion

* Invista joins the sustainable apparel coalition:

Invista, one of the world’s largest makers of polymers and fibers, and the owner of the brand Lycra, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).
(Other SAC members include GAP, Adidas, Wal-Mart, Levi’s)

The SAC is a group representing more than 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofit and nongovernmental organisations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. The SAC’s main focus is on sustainability in the clothing and footwear industries. read more.
businessSTANDARD

* Government to bring 2,900 apparel units under DISHA in 2012-17:

The government has set target of brining 2,900 apparel units in the 12th Plan under DISHA — a programme aimed at encouraging better social practices to meet global standards on issues like child labour.

“We have a target to bring about 2,900 units under the DISHA programme in 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17)as social compliance has become an important requirement while supplying to the western markets,” Joint Secretary in Textiles Ministry V Srinivas said at AEPC Stakeholder Forum here.

DISHA, launched in December 2011, has covered about 400 factories in various part of the country including NCR, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Chennai, Mumbai and Tirupur, AEPC Chairman A Sakthivel said.

DISHA –Driving Industry Towards Sustainable Human Capital Advancement–
is aimed at encouraging members to follow better social practices, in the
backdrop of pressure from developed countries, especially the EU and the
US, to meet global standards on labour issues.  read more.
ET

* Hopes of knitwear unit owners dashed as RBI may continue policy:

Manufacturing competitiveness of Tirupur knitwear cluster is poised to dwindle further as indications from Reserve Bank of India ahead of the monetary policy review this month are not heart-warming when it comes to cutting short-term bank rates.

Some RBI officials’ remarks, a few days ago, that there was no room for monetary stimulus in the wake of continuing high inflation, have dashed the hopes of textile entrepreneurs here who are badly in need of credit for capacity expansion at lower costs.

“If the interest rates cannot be brought down even as overall industrial
output in the country has been contracting, it will be a doomsday for many
clusters like Tirupur, which are bothered by a plethora of problems
including the power cuts and rising production costs,” Raja M. Shanmugam,
an apparel exporter and member of Tirupur Exporters Association, told The
Hindu.  read more.
THEHINDU

* Handloom corporation chief promises to hike weavers’ wage:

The former MLA, Rajashekhar Sheelavantar, who took charge as the Chairperson of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation here on Monday has said that his priority would be to increase the wages of weavers and also provide them with shelter.

Speaking to presspersons after assuming office at the KHDC office in Vidyanagar here on Monday, Mr. Sheelavantar said he would take steps to realise his objectives.

He said he knew the pulse of the weavers as he had grown up amidst them and he would initiate steps to issue them title deeds of their houses. read more.
THEHINDU

* Workshop held on integrated textile park in North Odisha:

An awareness generation programme titled ‘Integrated Textile Park in North Odisha’ was held to attract potential stakeholders to set up integrated textile park in the region, and to fortify the institutional abilities of the industry stakeholders and legislators to help them take smart decisions and make better plans with an enhanced understanding of impact of globalization and its scope, while weeding out the negativities attached thereto, especially those attached with a pro-poor perspective.
The drive was organized by the Textiles Committee under the Union Ministry of Textiles, jointly with the State Textile Department, SPINFED and North Odisha Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NOCCi). read more.
Fibre2fashion

* SIMA plea on duty-free imports:

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has appealed to the Union Government to include more accessories used by made-up (such as home furnishings) exporters to the list of duty-free imports.

In its pre-budget memorandum, the association chairman, S. Dinakaran, has
said that accessories, including, embroidery and sewing thread, quilted
wadding materials, and printed bags were imported by garment and made-up
exporters to add value to their export goods. read more.
THEHINDU

* Cotton output estimate at 325 lakh bales for 2012-13:

20130122 cotton HINDUBUSINESS

Country’s cotton production is estimated to be around 325 lakh bales in 2012—13 crop year, with Gujarat topping the list at 85 lakh bales, Indian Cotton Federation (ICF) has said.

Gujarat, the production of which was estimated after considering the effects of drought conditions there, was followed by Maharashtra with 80 lakh bales (a bale is 170 kgs), Andhra Pradesh accounting for 68 lakh bales and Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan 57 lakh bales, according to A Ramani, Secretary, ICF (formerly South India Cotton Association).  read more.
THEHINDUBUSINESS

12:33:16 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

       THE KARACHI FIRE:

* Court calls up prosecutor to argue Baldia factory owners’ bail plea:

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has called up one of the special public prosecutors to argue the bail pleas of the Ali Enterprises owners on January 28.

The directives came on Monday as the court took up the bail pleas of the Bhaila brothers, who own Ali Enterprises, the garment factory that caught fire on September 11 last year and resulted in the deaths of over 250 workers.

The police arrested Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila after a sessions court rejected their pre-arrest bail applications on October 6, 2012. Their ailing father, Abdul Aziz Bhaila, was granted bail due to old age.

The jailed brothers went to the SHC for concession of bail through their lawyer, Amir Raza Naqvi, who alleged the prosecution had falsely implicated his clients for murder. “They had no intention to kill their own workers and ruin their own business,” he said. “It was simply an accident.”  read more.
tribune

MORE AND OTHER NEWS:

* FCCI blames textile, commerce ministries for decrease in textile exports:

Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Textile Industry should intervene for uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas to the industries due to which exports particularly textile exports of the country have suffered immensely, said Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) President Mian Zahid Aslam, here yesterday.He referred to his recent visit to ‘Heim Tex’ Germany Trade Fair – the largest one in the world and stated that 60% lesser orders were received to Pakistani textile exporters this year while Indian exporters received over and above their targets. On the other hand, Pakistan exporters faced critics for receiving orders from the foreign buyers in the Trade Fair.  read more.
pakTODAY

* Duty-free machinery, equipment: textile importers allowed to submit ‘Goods for Payment’:

Fulfilling a demand of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to secure revenue, Ministry of Textile has allowed textile importers to submit ””Goods for Payment”” as financial security for provisional release of duty-free machinery and equipment under SRO809 (I)/2009.

Sources revealed to Business Recorder here on Monday that the industrial importers and textile units would submit the ””Goods for Payment”” instead of post-dated cheques for provisional release of imported machinery and equipment. The ””Goods for Payment”” is a more secured legal document for financial security as compared to post-dated cheques and pay orders. Once the importers submit the ””Goods for Payment,”” the government would secure the legitimate revenue. It is a big facilitation to the textile sector to release their imported plant and machinery without payment of customs duty against provisional certificates.

Moreover, the ””Goods for Payment”” is a legal instrument which would be effectively used for securing financial guarantee from the importers of textile machinery and equipment, sources added. read more.
BUSINESSRECORDER

* Over 12 million cotton bales reach Pakistan market: PCGA:

More than 12 million bales of cotton have already reached various cotton processing units across Pakistan during the current marketing year, according to the fortnightly report released by the Pakistan Cotton Ginners’ Association (PCGA).
 
12.022 million bales of cotton have arrived in the market as of January 15, 2013,, compared to arrival of 12.829 million bales during the same period last year, according to the report.  read more.
Fibre2fashion

* Gas stoppage: Protest planned in front of parliament:

Agitating textile millers of the city have announced that they will stop running their factories and embark on a protest drive against complete stoppage of gas supply in an effort to save the industry.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting here on Monday where all chapters of the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association expressed their resolve to go to any extent, including protests in front of parliament and blocking of roads throughout Punjab.

Briefing the media after the meeting, PTEA Chairman Asghar Ali described the energy shortage as disastrous, saying the industry received gas only for five and a half days in December and no gas at all in January. read more.
tribune

* PTEA forewarns protests against gas outages:

Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) has threatened to launch protests in the coming days, in view of the failure of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) in addressing the gas loadshedding issue faced by textile producers in the province of Punjab.
 
The decision to launch protest was taken during the general body meeting of PTEA, where all sections of the association showed their willingness to do anything, including staging a protest in front of Parliament and blocking roads across the province, if the gas loadshedding issue was not resolved.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, PTEA Chairman Asghar Ali said the textile industry received gas hardly for five and half days during last month and this month the industries have not received any gas at all. read more.
Fibre2fashion
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HEADLINES:

CHINA
* Labour activist sues Walmart for wrongful dismissal and wins

PHILIPPINES
* Workers hail sub-committee nod to P125 Wage Hike Bill

THAILAND
* Greater interest in textile industry, despite lack of power
* FTI firms fear mass closures
* Free Somyot- Demonstration today in Bangkok
* Front Line Defenders report on Somyot’s case
* Asian Human Rights Commission makes appeal
* Preparing for tomorrow’s verdict

CAMBODIA
* Cambodia’s garment workers to get pay rise for 2013
* Cambodian unions need to agree on a number: government
* Workers petition Korean government
* Two monks hauled in for blessing striking workers
* Cambodia urged to free activist murder ‘scapegoats’

MALAYSIA
* Minimum Wage Will Increase Intake Of Local Workers – Subramaniam
* Effects of minimum wage to be addressed
* ‘Minimum wage for all’

INDONESIA
* Forty-Seven Firms Exempt From Minimum Wage Rise

BURMA/MYANMAR
* Western brands eye garment industry
* Mc Group sets sights on neighbouring markets in run-up to AEC

NEPAL
* Saree embroidery factories raided

BANGLA DESH
* ASHULIA TAZREEN GARMENT FACTORY FIRE:
* Labour leaders demand arrest of Tazreen owner, Walmart compensation
* MORE AND OTHER NEWS:
* RMG exports record robust growth for market diversification
* US mulls ending Bangladesh duty-free access
* Wal-Mart tightens supplier policy after factory fire: Report

INDIA
* Indian garment makers meet to discuss “Code of Compliance”
* Invista joins the sustainable apparel coalition
* Government to bring 2,900 apparel units under DISHA in 2012-17
* Hopes of knitwear unit owners dashed as RBI may continue policy
* Handloom corporation chief promises to hike weavers’ wage
* Workshop held on integrated textile park in North Odisha
* SIMA plea on duty-free imports
* Cotton output estimate at 325 lakh bales for 2012-13

PAKISTAN
* THE KARACHI FIRE:
* Court calls up prosecutor to argue Baldia factory owners’ bail plea
* MORE AND OTHER NEWS:
* FCCI blames textile, commerce ministries for decrease in textile exports
* Duty-free machinery, equipment: textile importers allowed to submit ‘Goods for Payment’
* Over 12 million cotton bales reach Pakistan market: PCGA
* Gas stoppage: Protest planned in front of parliament
* PTEA forewarns protests against gas outages

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