in the news on-line, 9-11 Nov. 2013

20:42:06 local time map of china CHINA

* ‘Chinese, Brazilian textile sectors complement each other’:

The textile and apparel industries of China and Brazil are complementary to each other, which makes great room for further cooperation and mutual development, Mr. Wang Yu, vice president of China Textile Import & Export Chamber of Commerce, said in his keynote speech at the China-Brazil Textile and Apparel Brand Products Forum held in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo last month, according to a press release from China’s Ministry of Commerce.
China is Brazil’s first largest importing source of textile & apparel, and Brazil ranks no.19 on the list of China’s exporters. From 2008 to 2012, the bilateral trade volume in textile & apparel industry has increased by 1.3 times. Meanwhile, Brazil is China’s main source of cotton, and China’s cotton import from Brazil has maintained consecutive growth in recent years and increased by 14.1 times in 2008-12. Thus, the industries of both the countries are complementary to each other, which makes great room for further cooperation and mutual development, Mr. Yu said.
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* Indian RMG exports eat into markets of Bangladesh, China: report:

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* Ethnic textiles excite Chinese youth:

Ethnic textiles in south China once faced extinction due to a sharp decline in the number of masters, but are now making a comeback among young people.

The number masters of the traditional textile techniques of the Li ethnic group, has risen to more than 10,000, compared with only about 1,000 in 2009, said Chen Ying, a provincial intangible cultural heritage official in Hainan.
Technical training and school education have contributed to the renewed popularity of the art which includes spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidery.
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19:42:06 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Vinatex focuses garment investments on central region:

Leading state-owned textile and garment group Vinatex is scaling up investments into the central region pursuant to the sector’s strategy to relocate factories to localities. 

The most recent development was Vinatex general director Tran Quang Nghi’s trip to the central region to check the progress of the group’s investment projects in Nghe An province in line with the textile and garment industry development strategy to 2020 focusing on central locations.
Over the last two years Vinatex member Hanoi Textile Garment JSC (Hanosimex) invested around $33 million into new projects in Nghe An.
Two of the projects went operational in April. The first was a knitwear factory with an annual capacity of 5.1 million items and the other a shuttle-woven garment factory producing 3.6 million units a year.
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* VINATEX to build textile complex in Vietnam’s Hai Phong:

The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX) has announced plans to construct a new textile complex for the manufacturing of yarn and fabrics in the An Lao district of Hai Phong, in order to implement the policy of building projects in the region.
According to a statement issued by VINATEX, vice president of the group Mr. Hoang Ve Dung and other representatives had been working with the regional government of Hai Phong, in order to develop this project.
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* Case Study: Better Work Vietnam Shows Path for Labour Law Reform:

In 2013, a historic revision was made to the Labour Law in Vietnam, calling for the first time for worker/management committees in all enterprises.

The new regulation covers all industries and will affect 8-10 millions workers. This case study explores the process by which the stakeholders in Vietnam analyzed different social dialogue mechanisms, and shows how Better Work Vietnam, and support from ILO’s Industrial Relations Project, contributed to the eventual outcome by modeling a successful example and providing critical expertise.
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20:42:06 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Increased living wage in Indonesia at a violent cost:

During the national demonstration on 31 October and 1 November, 1,5 million Indonesian workers took to the streets. Although some of the demands were met, the protests ended in violence in some parts of the country.

Workers demanded a 50% increase of the minimum wage, the implementation of national health security without exception on 1 January 2014 instead of a gradual implementation by 2019, the abolition of outsourcing, the enactment of a law on domestic workers, and the annulment of Mass Organisation law. As a result of the strike, some of the local governments have promised an increase in the minimum wage between 30 and 40 per cent. However, the Govenor of Jakarta opted for a mere 9 per cent increase.

According to Said Iqbal, President of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate FSPMI and the Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI), this is “not realistic and irrational”, as the raise will not cover the living costs.

In the wake of the national demonstrations, IndustriALL representative in South East Asia Pacific, Vonny Diananto, conducted a solidarity trip to Indonesia. Meeting with trade union representatives, Vonny Diananto conveyed IndustriALL’s message of support for a living wage and basic social protection.”
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*Administration’s legal division to appeal in labor wage dispute:

The Jakarta city administration will be appealing to the Supreme Court to annul the verdict of the State Administrative Court, which annulled gubernatorial decrees to allow eight labor intensive companies in the Cakung industrial estate to postpone the 2013 minimum wage hike.

“We’ll appeal as soon as possible,” said Bayu Mahendra, an official from the administration’s legal division, as quoted by kompas.com.

The eight companies employing hundreds of workers are PT Kaho Indah Citra Garmen (garment), PT Misung Indonesia (garment), PT Myungsung Indonesia (wig), PT Kyeungseng Trading Indonesia (garment), PT Star Camtex (garment), PT Good Guys Indonesia (garment), PT Yeon Heung Mega Sari (garment) and PT Hansoll Indonesia (garment).

Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued gubernatorial decrees for the companies to allow them to pay workers below the provincial minimum wage temporarily. With the court ruling the decrees had to be canceled, the companies had to pay at least Rp 2.2 million (US$192.67) per month as it was set as new minimum wage in the city in 2013.
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* BetterWork Indonesia Media Updates:

1. Govt, Businesses Agree on BPJS Insurance Premium Payments.
Read the full article here.
2. Administration’s legal division to appeal in labor wage dispute.
Read the full article here .
3. Local Government need to be active when discussing City Minimum Wage (UMK). Read the full article here (Article is in Bahasa Indonesia)
Read the Google Translate English Version here
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4. Laborers Urge Govt’ to Investigate Act of Violence. Read the full article here.
5. Employers remain clueless about govt health care program.
Read the full article here.
6. Police: Bekasi City is conducive approaching the City Minimum Wage determination. Read the full article here
Read the Google Translate English Version here.

7. RI will overcome economic pressures: WB. Read the full article here.

BetterWork Media Updates overview here.
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18:42:06 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

20131108 * Garment workers’ assoc rejects new wages:

Leaders of 45 Garment Workers’ Association on Thursday rejected the recommendations of the  wage board and demanded for a monthly minimum wage of Tk 8,114 by November 20.

The demand came at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the city, with Advocate Delwar Hossain Khan in the chair. Among others, Kazi Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Sramik Trade Union, labour leader Advocate Montu Ghosh, Amirul Haque Amin, Abul Hossain, Touhidur Rahman, Nazma Akhter, Salauddin Swapon, SM Masud Rana, Jahanara Begum, Shahidullah Badal were present in the conference.
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20131108 * Garment workers rights bodies set ultimatum:

Leaders of the 45-garment workers’ rights bodies on Friday, at a protest rally in the capital, gave the Awami League government an ultimatum to revise the recently-set minimum wage for garment workers, Tk 5,300, by November 20.

Otherwise, they will announce tougher agitation programmes including strike in garment factories, from a grand rally of the garmentworkers in the capital, the garment labour leaders warned at a protest rally in front of the National Press Club.
Mantu Ghosh, the president of the Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre said at the rally that the declared minimum wage will not be acceptable to garment workers.
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20131108 * Review minimum wage by Nov 20 or face movement: RMG workers:

Garment workers’ leaders on Friday threatened to announce tougher programmes if the minimum wage board does not review its recommendation to re-fix the minimum wage at 5,300.

At a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club, they demanded that the board raise the minimum wage of the garment workers to Tk 8,114 by November 20.
While the wage board’s recommendation for setting the minimum wage at Tk 5,300 has been unacceptable, illogical and unrealistic, the owners are also staging a drama by demanding a review for fixing it an even lower amount, they claimed at the rally, jointly organised by 45 garment workers’ organisations.

Addressing the rally, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation (NGWF) Aminul Haque Amin said, “We reject the recommendation as it doesn’t reflect the increase of the living cost since the last minimum wage has been declared.”
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Talking to UNB, Bangladesh Garment Workers-Employees’ Federation general secretary Quamrul Ahsan said, “Food and transport allowances are never included in the minimum wage. Besides, workers in many factories receive a better amount as food and transport allowances.”
“Last time, the basic minimum wage was increased by 83 percent. And now, when the living cost has almost doubled over the last few years, the basic has not been raised proportionately,” he said.
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20131108 * Minimum wage proposal rejected by all, pressure on the minimum wage board to reconsider:

After massive protests, and some of the Bangladesh’s biggest rallies in history for the 8000BDT minimum wage for garment workers; the Minimum Wage Board 2013 declared its suggestion for 5300BDT as the minimum wage decided on a 4 to 2 majority with the agreement of the worker representative in the wage board and also with the rejection of the garment owner’s representative.

Since this declaration, there has been massive rejections and arguments laid against this minimum wage by activists, NGOs, academicians along with other worker leaders, trade unions and even the garment owners.

Garment owner’s staged a walkout in protest against the minimum wage of 5300BDT, saying that they are incapable of giving this amount as the minimum wage, and if this is forced upon them then many of the factories will close. They further reminded the government about their contribution to the economy, and how it would suffer if the garment factories close down. They complained that buyers only look for cheap products and they will go to new destinations in search of cheap labor.

Workers’ representatives had earlier sought a minimum wage of Tk 8,000, they later scaled down the sum to Tk 6,000, and Tk 5,500 before and finally agreeing to to Tk 5,300. On the other hand, the garment owners’ primary offer of minimum wage was Tk 3,600, which they raised to 4,250 later.
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20131108 * Cops-workers clash injures 20 in Gazipur:

At least 20 readymade garment workers including police were injured in a clash between police and workers at Konabari of the district on Friday afternoon.

Sources said that hundreds workers staged a procession demanding minimum wage Tk 8,000 around 4:50pm and blocked Dhaka-Tangail highway.
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20131109 * Review minimum wages by Nov 20: RMG workers:

Garment workers’ leaders on Friday threatened to announce tougher programmes if the minimum wage board does not review its recommendation to re-fix the minimum wage at 5,300. At a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club, they demanded that the board raise the minimum wage of the garment workers to Tk 8,114 by November 20.

While the wage board’s recommendation for setting the minimum wage at Tk 5,300 has been unacceptable, illogical and unrealistic, the owners are also staging a drama by demanding a review for fixing it an even lower amount, they claimed at the rally, jointly organised  by 45 garment workers’  organisations.
Addressing the rally, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation (NGWF) Aminul Haque Amin said, “We reject the recommendation as it doesn’t reflect the increase of the living cost since the last minimum wage has been declared.”
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“We’ve already sought the prime minister’s intervention in this regard. We’ve already sought an appointment to apprise her of the situation.”
Presided over by NGWF president Aminul Haque Amin, the rally was also addressed by Garment Workers’ Trade Union leaders Montu Ghosh and Ruhul Amin.
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20131109 * Garment workers’ bodies threaten agitation:

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Garment Workers’ Organisations bring out a procession after a rally in front of the National Press Club in the capital on Friday, demanding Tk 8,000 as the minimum wage for the workers. — New Age photo

Leaders of 45 garment workers’ rights bodies at a protest rally on Friday issued an ultimatum to the Awami League government to revise the minimum wage for the garment workers by November 20.

The garment labour leaders at the protest rally organised in front of the National Press Club also threatened to announce tougher agitation programmes, including strike in the garment factories, if the government does not revise the minimum wage within the deadline.
The minimum wage board had recently fixed the monthly minimum wage for the garment workers at Tk 5,300.
Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre president Mantu Ghosh at the rally said that the minimum wage set by the board would not be acceptable to the garment workers.
He also demanded revision of the minimum wage and implementation of the monthly minimum wage of Tk 8,000 for the garment workers by November 20.
The garment labour rights bodies would hold a grand rally in the capital after November 20 from where tougher agitation programmes would be announced, he added.
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20131109 * 7 RMG factories shut amid protest + Workers-cops clash injures 30 in Ashulia:

The authorities of seven garment factories declared closed their factories on Saturday morning amid workers protest in Ashulia, on outskirt of Dhaka.

Sources said that hundreds workers of garments factories have staged protest programmes for last couple of days as garments owners refused to accept new salary scale declared by wage board.
In line with the demonstration, workers of Southern garments limited, Design way and Mascot Group started staging protest in stead of joining their jobs and at one stage they threw brick chips at the adjacent factories.
Later, workers of Radiance Group, Yagi Bangladesh Limited and Star-link Style Limited joined the protest.
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20131109 * RMG workers demand salary hike:

The readymade garment workers at a protest rally in Chittagong city yesterday demanded to increase their basic salary minimum to eight thousand per month.

They also gave an ultimatum till November 18 to meet their demand otherwise they will go for a tougher movement.
Several hundred workers under the banner of Bangladesh Garment Sramik Songhoti Parishad put this demand at the rally that was held in the port city’s CEPZ intersection around 3:30pm.
After the rally, a protest procession paraded the adjoining roads of the area.
Speakers said the salary of the workers was not increased in proportion to the increasing prices of necessary commodities that has caused them immense sufferings.
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20131109 * No compromise on wage issue: Labour leaders:

Speakers at a rally say the proposed minimum wage of Tk5, 300 was a deception

There would be no compromise on the wage issue, warned leaders of 45 garment workers’ organisations yesterday in a rally held in front of the National Press Club, to press home their demand of a Tk8, 000 minimum wage.

“The wage of garment workers is very low compared to other countries. We will not compromise on the issue,” said labour leader Delwar Hossain Khan, adding that the wages should ensure better living standards for garment workers.

Abul Hossain, a garment workers’ leader, urged apparel manufacturers and exporters to “hand over your properties which you earned from this sector to the prime minister, along with the keys of the factories.” He also urged the prime minister to give workers a “fair wage” before the upcoming national elections.
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20131110 * Factory workers demand payment for overtime duties:

The workers of the  ‘Evergreen Production Factory’ located in Uttara EPZ under sadar  upazila of the district staged sit-in demonstrations on November 7 demanding payment for overtime duties.

As they began their sit-in strike on the main gate of  the  EPZ the workers of the other factories joined them  and expressed their solidarity. The workers alleged that though the  working  time  is  eight hours they are compelled by the authority  to work for overtime without any extra remuneration.
They also told that if they do not want to  work  for additional  time they are threatened to be sacked. The workers further told The Independent that although earlier the skilled workers used to get Tk 4,700 per month and the unskilled workers used to get Tk 3,170  per month unfortunately without any notice they are now being given Tk 4,500 and Tk 3,019 respectively.
They further alleged that as the money for the overtime was wanted at least 100 workers were sacked during one month and as a female worker protested the sacking she was severely beaten by the musclemen of the authority a few  days ago.
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20131110 * Unrest prevailing in Ctg RMG sector:

Unrest is still prevailing at the Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry in the port city.

Almost every day the RMG workers are bringing out processions demanding to increase their wages.
More than two thousand of workers of Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) on Saturday came out on the road and brought out procession demanding their minimum wages of  Tk 8,000. A procession was organised under the banner of Bangladesh Garment Sramik Shanghati and Sramik Odhikar Rokkha Parishad at CEPZ gate area.
Several thousands of RMG workers gathered there and chanted slogans demanding their minimum wages Tk 8,000 and held a rally at the area.
The leaders of the Parishad and workers demanded in the rally that the minimum wages of RMG workers should be declared at least Tk 8, 000.
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20131110 * 23 RMG factories shut in Ashulia:

The authorities concerned declared closed 23 readymade garments factories in Jirabo, Ghosbagh, Narshingpur, Jamgora areas of Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, Sunday morning amid workers unrest.

Sources said that workers of various factories took to the streets and started staging protest demanding the implementation new salary scale declared by wage commission for garment workers.
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20131110 * Workers minimum wage issue ‘getting lost in political turmoil’:

‘The issue may be resolved on the streets in the end’

The prolonged political turmoil over the next general election is not only degrading the country’s political climate but also creating a scope for the readymade garment (RMG) owners to dodge the workers’ demand for hiking their minimum wage, observed workers’ leaders.

Though both Awami League and BNP claim to represent the majority of the people, the causes of 40 lakh garment workers — the rights to earn living wages, safe working environment, and to have the real scope to form basic trade union — have received no attention in the mainstream political agenda, they alleged.

Talking to UNB, Garment Workers’ Unity Forum president Moshrefa Mishu said this silence and disregard could be heard loud in recent times as none of the two parties have not come forward with any suggestion to resolve the dispute over the minimum wages of workers’ between the unions and the owners in the sector.
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20131010 * Garment owners will agree to Tk 5300 wage :

Garment factory owners seem to finally accepting a monthly minimum wage of Tk 5,300. BGMEA representative Arshad Jamal, one of the negotiators on the wage board, told bdnews24.com that the official announcement would come later. “Probably on November 20.”

He said previously the factory owners have had a few months for implementing the new wages.
But if the government wishes, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) would agree to an immediate implementation.
“We would agree, but very reluctantly,” said Jamal during an exclusive interview with bdnews24.com on Sunday.
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20131110 * Skop demands review of minimum RMG wage structure:

Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) on Sunday demanded a review of the minimum wage board’s recommendation for raising the garment workers’ minimum wage to Tk 5,300.

Skop leaders at a press conference at its headquarters said the readymade garment (RMG) workers will accept the recommendation as it does not reflect the increase in the living costs over the last few years.
They also raised complaints of trickery in the recommendation of Tk 5,300 minimum wage as the projected increase includes food and transport allowance instead of ensuring a satisfactory rise in the basic wage.

Addressing the press conference, Skop general secretary Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam said, “The recommendation implies that the basic in the wage will be increased by only 60 percent – from Tk 2,000 to Tk 3,200. It’s totally unacceptable given the rise in living cost since the last wage board has been award in the sector.”
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20131110 * Minimum wage: BGMEA leaders to meet ministry officials Monday:

Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will sit with top officials of the Lobour and Employment Ministry on Monday to convey their objection to the newly announced minimum wage structure for RMG workers.

The BGMEA leaders will sit with the Lobour and Employment Ministry to find a way to resolve the ongoing crisis in the garment sector over the minimum wage issue, a BGMEA official told reporters at BGMEA Bhaban on Sunday evening.
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20131111 * BGMEA, BKMEA talk min wage issue with govt today:

Leaders of the country’s two apparel sector apex bodies -the BGMEA and the BKMEA — will sit today (Monday) with the government to resolve the existing wage-related disputes with the Wage Board, sources said.

They are expected to raise some of their demands during the meeting scheduled to be held with Labour Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju at the latter’s secretariat office.
Meanwhile, the Wage Board for the readymade garment (RMG) workers will sit on November 21 to scrutinise objections and opinions, if any and make its final recommendation for minimum wage for the workers.

Earlier on November 04, the Wage Board finalised its draft proposal recommending Tk 5,300 as minimum wage including food subsidy for garment workers. The owners, however, proposed Tk 4,250 and workers demanded a monthly minimum wage of Tk 8,114.
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“Monday’s meeting will discuss the wage-related issues for reaching a win-win situation both for the workers and the factory owners,” Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar told the FE Sunday.
The government will listen to the owners’ demands but it is not possible for the Labour Ministry to agree with any of their conditional demands, he said.

“We will sit with the Labour Minister to explain as to why the apparel industry is unable to afford the Wage Board’s proposed wage structure,” Md Hatem, vice president of the BKMEA said.
A few factory owners will be able to pay the proposed Tk 5,300 as minimum wage. Seventy per cent of the factories are of small and medium categories that could not afford it, he said terming the proposed wage ‘illogical and unrealistic’.
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20131111 * Most Gazipur factories back in operation:

All garment factories except 2 in Gazipur resumed their operation on Sunday after a weeklong shutdown

All garment factories except two in Gazipur resumed their operation on Sunday after a weeklong shutdown, prompted by renewed unrest over the workers’ minimum wages.

No violence was reported in the two factories – Palmal Group and Apex Limited – whose workers haven’t yet joined work and continued demonstration on the streets in support of their demand.
Jakir Hossain, an inspector of Gazipur industrial police, said over five thousand workers of Palmal Group of Baroipara under Kaliakoir upazila had demonstrated outside the factory in the morning. Around the same time, over 17 thousand workers of Apex Limited at the Palli Bidyut area also came out on the streets to demonstrate.

About 10am, workers of both factories tried to vandalise their units but were held back by police who arrived in time to pacify them and bring the situation under control. Both the factories were declared closed for the rest of the day.
Anwar Hossain, a worker of Standard Group at the Konabari industrial zone, said they had been demonstrating for the past one week with the demand to increase their minimum wage and to compel the factory owners to comply with the government decision on wages.
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20131111 * More than 50 RMG factories shut:

The authorities concerned declared closed more than 50 readymade garments factories in Jirabo area of Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, Monday morning amid workers unrest.

Thousands of agitating RMG workers’s unrest in the industrial area is underway on the demand of implementation of salary structure, declared by the Wage Board.
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20131111 * RMG workers demo, 350 factories closed:

About 350 factories were closed for the day after readymade garment workers began demonstrating in Ashulia on Monday morning.

Witnesses said the paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, BGB, were deployed in the area after clashes broke out between the workers and police.
The workers have been protesting the garment owners’ indifference to the government proposal of Tk5,300 standard wage limit.
The workers demand a minimum wage of Tk8,000 per month.
Around 8am hundreds of workers from several factories began demonstrations, and soon most of the workers in the area joined.
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20131111 * Most units shut after worker-cop clash:

RMG UNREST IN SAVAR, ASHULIA

Production at most of the garment factories in Savar and Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, was suspended for today after workers demonstrating for Tk 8,114 minimum wage clashed with cops.

At least 50 workers were injured in the clashes at Jamgarah, Zirabo and Ghosbagh of Ashulia around 9:30am, witnesses and police said.
The clash, which later spread to Savar, was continuing till filing of this report around 10:30am, reports our Savar correspondent.
The district administration deployed two platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh personnel since morning to avoid untoward incident in the areas, said Liakat Ali, executive magistrate of Savar.
There are a total of 350 garment factories in Savar and Ashulia.
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* Accord, Alliance suggest some modifications of common checklist:

The government, the EU Accord and the North American Alliance have identified some points that would require modification after the three parties reached almost a consensus on their respective recommendations on a common checklist for garment factory inspection.

Their observations came at a two-day (November 7-8) meeting of the technical team of the three parties in a city hotel The International Labour Organisation facilitated the meeting.
After the meeting the government hoped that they could reach full consensus after the modification.
The representatives of the government, EU Accord, North American Alliance, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology attended the meeting.
After the worst industrial incident in Rana Plaza in April 24, which killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, the retailers and apparel brands from EU and North America separately formed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative.
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* ILO to launch new BD report on Nov 18:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) will launch a new report Bangladesh: Seeking better employment conditions for better socioeconomic outcomes on Monday 18 November.

The report analyses the country’s economic growth driven by its ready-made garment (RMG) sector and contains recommendations to make this growth more sustainable and improve working conditions in Bangladesh.
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* RMG exports to EU, US face stiff competition:

Ready-made garment (RMG) exports from Bangladesh to the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) are facing stiff competition as India has been offering competitive prices for similar products following depreciation of rupee, market monitors said.

India has already received an increased number of orders as the garment sector in Bangladesh continued to face workers’ unrest over demand for higher wages.

It has also been facing tremendous international pressure to improve safety and rights of workers, following a series of deadly industrial mishaps of fire incidents and building collapse since late last year.

According to market monitors, RMG exports from India to the EU and the US have gone up and the country has now become a favoured destination over China and Bangladesh, said leading Indian newspaper Business Standard (BS) on Saturday.
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* Exports rise 15%:

Garment shipment leads the rally

Export earnings rose 15 percent to $9.62 billion during the July-October period of the current fiscal year compared to the same period last year due to increased shipment of garment products, an official of Export Promotion Bureau said yesterday.

Knitwear exports increased 18 percent, while woven garments 17 percent during the period despite some industrial disasters in recent times such as Tazreen Fashions fire and Rana Plaza building collapse, EPB Vice-chairman Shubhashish Bose said.
Garments contribute around 80 percent to the national exports.
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* Indian RMG exports eat into markets of Bangladesh, China: report:

India’s apparel exports are rising by snatching orders that would otherwise have gone to China and Bangladesh, said a Business Standard report.

The report said exports were already up driven by demand coming in from major textile importing countries like the US and the eurozone. For overseas buyers, India has now become a favoured destination over the two mentioned countries.
China is currently facing high labour costs that also had an impact on its pricing, which is working in India’s favour.
While Bangladesh had lost its competitive edge to India as labourers staged a protest in September demanding reasonably high wages and the collapse of Rana Plaza that raised concerns regarding safety and working conditions among overseas buyers, resulting in their demand shifting to India.
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* Govt set to inform US of progress:

The government will send off a progress report to the US on November 15 on the action plan outlined by the Obama administration to help Bangladesh regain trade privileges.

“We have made progress in some areas as per the recommendations of the USTR [United States Trade Representative]. I am hopeful we will regain the GSP status,” Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed told The Daily Star by phone.
Ahmed, however, said he has called another meeting of stakeholders today at the ministry to discuss the progresses made in line with the US action plan.
The commerce ministry has been coordinating with other ministries, agencies, departments and private sector stakeholders such as BGMEA and BKMEA to regain the generalised system of preferences (GSP).
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* Bangladesh to send plan of action to USTR by Nov 15:

Bangladesh will send its plan of action to the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) by November 15, seeking review of suspension of the generalised system of preferences (GSP) facility, offered by the US government.

With this end in view the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has almost finalised the draft on progress of the Bangladesh Action Plan 2013. The USTR will review the action plan in December.

“We have made major progress on the action plan. We hope that we will be able to send our reply about the progress to the USTR before the deadline for revival of the GSP facility,” Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed told the FE Sunday.
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* RMG sector has reached a defining moment:

Canadian High Commissioner Cruden says

Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Heather Cruden said the readymade garment sector in Bangladesh has reached a defining moment, when the country’s political leadership has to find a sustainable solution for the industry.

Regarding the current political crisis, she, however, expressed hope that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia still would be able to find a solution through dialogue.
She was speaking at a book launching ceremony at the office of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in the city.

The government of Canada published the book titled ‘International Standard Corporate Social Responsibility’, written by experts from Reed Consulting Bangladesh Ltd., for the first time.
Later, BGMEA has partnered with the government of Canada to reprint the book and has decided to distribute copies of the book to all of their members.
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* “They have blood on their hands”: Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare:

A top Bangladesh labor leader slams retailers, issues a plea to consumers, and explains why her life is in danger

Fired while trying to unionize her sweatshop as a teenager and then jailed while mobilizing other workers to resist, Kalpona Akter is now a key leader in the Bangladesh labor movement – a cause cast into an intermittent spotlight by horrific disasters and mass strikes.

Over the past year, Akter — now executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity — has salvaged and exposed U.S. brands’ garments from the site of a deadly factory fire, challenged Wal-Mart from the floor of its shareholder meeting, and sought to transform the fashion industry by organizing in concert with U.S. fashion models. (Wal-Mart has blamed production of Wal-Mart apparel in factories where disasters later took place on rogue suppliers, and said in July that the industry-backed safety plan it helped instigate “will move quickly and decisively to create uniform safety standards.”)
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* BDBL to sue BEXIMCO:

Beximco Textiles Limited will be sued for being a defaulter, a notice in the Dhaka Stock Exchange website said on Sunday.

An auction notice of advertisement regarding sale of assets of the company situated at Gazipur will be published in national dailies soon, the notice said.
Allegations were that BEXIMCO drew Tk180m from Bangladesh Development Bank Limited (BDBL) from October 1994 to May 1995.
A total of Tk35.7m remained as default loans until September 2013 and was not paid off despite repeated requests from BDBL.
Therefore, BDBL will file a lawsuit under Ortho Rin Adalat Act, 2003 for recovery of the loan, the notice said.
A spokesperson of the BEXIMCO said it could be due to some misunderstanding. “We are not clear about the development. We will settle the issue soon,” he said.
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* Fix our deadly tannery problem :

In the power wrangling between the government and the tannery owners, it is the workers and the local residents who are left to suffer the consequences

The Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka has been found to be one of the five most polluted places on earth by two international research organisations. This should be a wake-up call to government to act on the long overdue relocation of the tanneries to a safer and less environmentally damaging site.

According to the report, at least 160,000 people have become victims of pollution in the Hazaribag locality due to exposure to toxic chemicals, mainly chromium, a well-known carcinogen. Workers of the tanneries and local residents of this densely populated area also face a number of less severe but common health problems, such as skin and respiratory diseases, aches, dizziness and nausea.

Previous reports by news media and human rights bodies showed that the owners of tanneries have been enjoying a high level of impunity from authorities despite flouting rules on pollution, workplace safety and public health.
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                        TAZREEN FACTORY FIRE

* Relatives of 11 victims buried unclaimed yet to be identified:

The police have yet to identify family members of 11 workers who died in the November 2012 Tazreen Fashions fire and were buried unclaimed in Jurain graveyard in the city.

Referring to the government’s investigation report that said 111 workers had died in the deadly factory fire, the Criminal Investigation Department submitted to the High Court on Thursday that bodies of 100 workers had been identified and the rest 11 remained unidentified.
Of the 100 victims who have been identified, Dhaka deputy commissioner’s office identified 58, and the rest 42 through DNA sampling of the victims and members of their families, the CID submitted.
About the High Court’s September 23 order that had asked the police to contact the 63 people who were claiming they were family members of Tazreen fire victims, the CID submitted that 42 victims they had identified were linked to the 63 people.
The CID, however, said that DNA samplings of 10 out of the 63 claimants did not match those of any of the victims.
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                THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE

* BB honours 150 Rana Plaza volunteers:

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Saturday accorded reception to the 150 volunteers who helped rescue the victims of Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar on 24 April this year.

The central bank organised the reception at its training academy in Mirpur where the volunteers were rewarded with honorary certificates and a check of taka 5,000 each.
Addressing the programme, governor Dr Atiur Rahman urged the banks and financial institutions to offer jobs to the unemployed volunteers.
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He said the volunteers and the family members of the Rana Plaza victims should be given more social and financial supports.
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* SIMA seeks Centre’s intervention:

The Southern India Mills’ Association has appealed to the Union Government and Maharashtra Government to take measures so that power loom weavers in Bhiwandi call off their strike.

Shock
Association chairman T. Rajkumar has said in a press release that the 10-day strike called by the Bhiwandi Powerloom Centre has come as a shock to the textile mills in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh as these mills supplied substantial volume of yarn to the power loom units at Bhiwandi.
There were more than 10 lakh powerlooms in Bhiwandi and these consumed nearly six million kg of yarn every day.
More than 40 per cent of fabric produced at Bhiwandi was value-added and exported.
The power loom weavers at Bhiwandi had gone on strike because of hike in power charges by nearly 60 per cent.

Impact
The strike would have an impact on the textile sector, from farmers to value-adding units.
Hence, the Maharashtra and Union Governments should intervene and take necessary measures so that the weavers call off the strike, he said.
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* AFT mill not to approach NCL Tribunal:

It will ultimately lead to permanent closure: chairman

V. Balan, Chairman of Anglo French Textile Mill, on Saturday said that the mill would not approach the National Company Law Tribunal for its revival as suggested by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Speaking to reporters here, he said that though a high-level team led by a senior official of the National Textile Corporation (NTC) visited the defunct mill on last June to study the possibility of reviving it based on a proposal seeking Rs.500 crore from the Centre, it had not submitted its report to the Puducherry government so far.

Instead, the MHA had sent a communication to the mill asking whether the proposal had been sent to the National Company Law Tribunal or not.
But, the management has decided not to approach the tribunal as it would ultimately lead to the permanent closure of the mill.
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* Indian garment exporters eating into share of China, Bangladesh:

India’s apparel are rising, primarily because the country is eating into the shares of neighbouring and . Exports from India are being driven by demand from major importing regions such as the US and Euro zone.

Currently, China is facing high labour costs, and this is working in India’s favor. Also, the yuan has risen against the dollar, and this has reduced its competitive edge. In September, Bangladesh saw a protest by labourers, who demanded higher wages. Also, the collapse of Rana Plaza,  a huge garment factory in Bangladesh on April 24 2013, has caused concern on safety and working conditions in that country.

Exports from India, on the other hand, have been aided by the falling rupee. India’s garment exports to the European Union increased 5.9 per cent year-on-year in January-May 2013, while those of China and Bangladesh declined 9.7 per cent and 1.8 per cent year-on-year, respectively, according to data from the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC).
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* Financial metrics of Indian garment manufacturers to rise:

India Ratings & Research (Ind-Ra) expects the financial metrics of garment manufacturers to improve during FY14 (year end March), which could be one of the key drivers for a positive rating action.

“A combination of improving textile and apparel demand from large markets, benefits accruing from a depreciating rupee and structural changes in competing markets like China and Bangladesh have resulted in the improved performance of and stronger order book visibility for Indian exporters. The trends are seen to sustain in the short-to-medium term”, says Tanu Sharma, Associate Director, Corporates, India Ratings & Research.

Most garment exporters are therefore running on full capacity and also outsourcing manufacturing on a job work basis as order books are growing ahead of the peak festive season (December). During April-September 2013, garment exports grew 13% yoy in US dollar (USD) terms reaching USD6.5bn while growth in rupee terms was even higher at 18% yoy.
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* CCI keeps options to buy at minimum support price:

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Considering commercial purchase of cotton though it will wait for the right time

The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) is prepared to buy cotton from the market at minimum support price (MSP) if there is a need to do so.

An official of the CCI told The Hindu that though it was ready, the Corporation did not expect any requirement of its intervention in the cotton market for MSP operations, except in Andhra Pradesh.
Even in Andhra Pradesh, cotton was traded at Rs.4,200-4,500 a quintal while the MSP was Rs.4,000 a quintal. Heavy rains had affected three lakh to four lakh bales of cotton in Andhra Pradesh.

The damaged cotton that was coming to the market was getting a lower price, he said. The CCI would be able to buy at MSP only the cotton bales that would meet the quality norms, he pointed out. “We are ready for MSP operations, maybe by November-end or in December when cotton arrivals will increase,” the official said. However, even in Andhra Pradesh, there might not be a need for the CCI’s intervention, the official added.
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* Cotton Federation to buy cotton from Nov 11:

The much-delayed cotton procurement season will be kick-started finally by Maharashtra State Cotton Growers’ Cooperative Marketing Federation on Monday even as there is a sudden spurt in farmer suicides in the cotton belt of western Vidarbha.

Reports claimed six farmers ended their life in last 48 hours. With this the farm suicides toll this year has mounted to 693, according to Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS).

Normally, the procurement begins in October. But with rains till late September disturbing the crop cycle, the process was delayed. Federation chairman said N P Hirani told TOI initially 30 purchase centres would be opened on Monday. “Seeing the response we would open another 30 in the second phase and 20 more in final phase. We procure on behalf of Central agency National Agriculture Marketing Federation (NAFED),” said Hirani.
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18:12:06 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* Brandix inks BPO deal with US firm:

US based Accenture has recently signed an agreement with Brandix, the largest exporter of apparel in Sri Lanka, to provide Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services for human resources, finance and accounting and procurement. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Together, Accenture and Brandix will contribute to the growth of business services in the retail industry with particular focus on the apparel segment, forming an industry center of excellence. The agreement is designed to help Brandix build world-class, streamlined back office processes at a reduced cost and to drive significant improvement in operational efficiency and effectiveness. Accenture will deliver these services from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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* Energy, better law & order must to benefit from GSP+:

The value-added textile industry has lauded the government for achieving the favourable support from EU’s International Trade Committee which has approved the duty-free status for Pakistan, leading to boost the exports of the value-added textile sector and create job opportunities.

The industry representatives urged the government to fulfill energy needs of the textile industry, besides controlling law and order, as the two issues have been hitting hard the Punjab-based value-added industry and GSP Plus status will be of no use in present circumstances.
Besides improving law and order, controlling terrorism and providing non-stop gas and electricity supply, the government will have to relax import policy to empower value-added textile industry to get the maximum benefit from GSP Plus Status, as the country has no raw material except cotton, they noted.
They lamented that Pakistan could utilise only three textile categories out of total 73 types relaxed by the EU countries for duty-free import from Pakistan in 2013.
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* Reaping GSP Plus benefits: energy, law & order vital prerequisites: PRGMEA:

Pakistan Ready-made Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has lauded the government for achieving favourable support from the International Trade Committee of EU, which has approved the duty-free status for Pakistan leading to boost the exports of the value-added textile sector and create job opportunities.

PRGMEA (NZ) Senior Vice Chairman Jawwad A Chaudhry appreciated the efforts of PM Nawaz Sharif, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, State Minister for Commerce and Textile Industry Khurram Dastgir and Commerce Secretary Qasim Niaz for effective and successful diplomatic initiatives.

Jawwad urged the government to fulfil energy needs of the textile industry, besides controlling law and order, as the two issues had been hitting hard the Punjab-based value-added industry and GSP Plus status would be of no use in present circumstances.
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* Textile says GSP Plus futile if crises persist:

Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has said that the GSP Plus status will be of no use in case energy needs of the textile industry are not fulfilled, the law and order situation and terrorism are not controlled.

“The government will have to relax import policy to empower Punjab-based value-added textile industry to get the maximum benefit of GSP Plus status, as the country has no raw material except cotton,” said PRGMEA (NZ) Senior Vice-President Jawwad A Chaudhry in a statement on Sunday.

With strict import policies in Pakistan, the local garment industry was not fully prepared to take advantage of duty-free access to the EU market under GSP Plus status mainly due to shortage of raw material. Pakistan could utilise only three textile categories out of total 73 types relaxed by the EU countries for duty-free import from Pakistan in 2013, he said.
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* GSP plus status, rains help cotton prices to recover slightly:

The Generalised System of Preference (SGP) and expectations for winter rains came to rescue as prices moved up modestly on the cotton market on Friday, dealers said.

The official spot rate was higher by Rs 50 to Rs 6400, they said. Price of seed cotton in Sindh per 40 kg were unchanged at Rs 1600-2900, in Punjab rates sustained overnight levels at Rs 2600-2950, dealers said.

In the ready session, trading activity improved as about 18,000 bales of cotton changed hands at Rs 6400-6000, they said. There are a lot of expectations for the European Union (EU) trade concession but traders were looking some worried as they have no basic facilities to avail and utilise this concession. During the winter, there is shortage of gas supply, at the same time, electricity is also one of the major problems to deal with.
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* GSP Plus status to help create jobs: Sarwar:

Terming market access under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP Plus) a great achievement, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that it will help in providing jobs to youth besides earning foreign exchange for the country. He was addressing the 2nd regional seminar.

He recalled that there had been stiff resistance from various countries about giving access to products from Pakistan. Several EU states have raised issues about terrorism, women and workers rights. However, we told them that over 50,000 people sacrificed their lives during ongoing war on terrorism while thousands other military men rendered similar sacrifices.
The overall financial impact of this war has been calculated at $80 billion. We tried to convince them that market access was immensely important for country like Pakistan. The jobs created as a result of this market opening would help in provision of employment opportunities to the youth and women. It will indirectly lead to strengthen our fabric of society besides financial gains.
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* Insufficient capacity: GSP Plus status for Pakistan:

Opportnity is for those who are ready to grab it. Unfortunately, few in Pakistan are prepared to handle the huge opportunity provided by the European Union under its GSP Plus scheme, comprising generous trade concessions.

The approval on Tuesday of GSP Plus status for Pakistan and nine other countries by the EU Committee on International Trade has brought us very close to preferential trade with the 27-nation bloc from January next year. The formal approval of the EU Parliament next month will allow almost 20pc of Pakistani exports to enter the EU market at zero tariff and 70pc at preferential rates.

EU trade concessions will benefit the country’s largest manufacturer and exporter, the textile and clothing industry, the most by enabling its products to compete with those of regional rivals like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which already have duty-free access to the bloc’s market.
At present, our textile and clothing exports to the EU constitute more than half of the country’s total exports of almost $9.5bn to the bloc.
These have the potential to more than double in a few years. Though the scheme caps annual growth in the textile and clothing imports from Pakistan at 14.5pc, the industry expects to boost its earnings from the EU by up to $1bn annually.
But can it?
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* PCGA threatens to shut all ginning factories:

Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) has warned to shut all ginning factories across the country if the culprits involved in Rajanpur robbery case would no be arrested.

PCGA Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed Khan Baloch said that armed robbers snatched Rs 11 million from a ginner of Fazilpur (Rajanpur) Syed Sham shah at gunpoint.

He said PCGA had already many times requested the Punjab government, Punjab IGP and district police officers of cotton belt for the security and safety of ginners. He said neither security measures were taken nor patrolling was increased.
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* Punjab government earmarks land for garments city:

The Punjab government has selected land to set up garments city over 1000 acres near Kala Shah Kaku Motorway.

All modern facilities will be provided to the textile industry in the garment city under one roof. This project of vital importance will be given a final shape soon as it will have a far reaching impact on the textile especially garments sector after achieving GSP plus status by Pakistan.

This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while addressing a meeting held to review the progress on the project of setting up garments city, here on Sunday. Advisor to Chief Minister Dr Ejaz Nabi, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries Industries and Labour, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board, office-bearers of Pakistan Garments Association and concerned officials were present on the occasion.
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* Textile sector develops in Uzbekistan’s Fergana province:

The Fergana province in eastern Uzbekistan is witnessing an increase in the region’s textile sector production and exports due to radical reforms implemented under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan National News Agency (UzA) reported.
The Fergana province is particularly paying attention to the development and modernization of industries and creating favourable conditions for attracting foreign investment, which has resulted in the region’s industrial production rising by about 7.9 percent over the last year.
In all 380 new production facilities have been commissioned in various sectors, including the light industry, in the frame work of the government’s policy.
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* Salaries in Asia-Pacific set to rise 7% next year: survey:

Salaries across Asia-Pacific are set to rise an average 7 per cent in 2014, with China and Vietnam leading the way in East Asia in terms of increases, according to a survey conducted by professional services company Towers Watson.

In Thailand, salaries are expected to increase 6 per cent in 2014, while the country’s inflation rate is projected to rise 3.1 per cent.

Salaries in China are forecast to rise 8.5 per cent and in Vietnam 11.5 per cent in 2014, before inflation is taken into account, however, after inflation is built in, both countries are set for an average 4.9 per cent increase. Elsewhere in the region, salaries in Hong Kong and Singapore are set to rise 4.5 per cent, India 11 per cent and Japan 2.3 per cent.

The findings support the view that companies in the Asia-Pacific are finding it harder to both find and retain suitably skilled staff. One outcome of this is that more than 80 per cent of the companies surveyed say a larger portion of their salary budget increase allocation will go to high performers in 2014. Less than 1 per cent of the companies anticipate a pay freeze, compared to nearly 4 per cent in 2013.
“Overall, the data for 2013 and 2014 looks very similar, so companies should be budgeting for salary increases much the same as last year. However, at the end of the day, it depends on the affordability for the company. If the company is growing at a fast rate and revenue exceeds the cost by a huge margin, it is easier to be aggressive on salary budgets than low-growth companies,” said Sambhav Rakyan, Global Data Services practice leader, Asia-Pacific at Towers Watson.
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* Cheap Chinese textiles slam Peru’s garment industry:

Seamstresses in Lima’s garment district are usually busy at this time of year, with Christmas requests from vendors across the Americas. Cheap Chinese imports however are ruining their market.

Until recently the district — a 20-block area, packed with 25,000 clothing manufacturers and vendors, known as the Gamarra business emporium — was doing thriving business.

But ever since a free-trade agreement between Peru and China came into effect in 2010, and similar agreements have been signed with Colombia and others, Gamarra merchants have been hemorrhaging customers.

“We should already be working on the Christmas apparel. Colombians, Ecuadorans, Venezuelans and Brazilians come here and take everything for their stores, but up to now they haven’t arrived,” said seamstress Irma Cayetano.
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HEADLINES:

CHINA
* ‘Chinese, Brazilian textile sectors complement each other’
* Indian RMG exports eat into markets of Bangladesh, China: report
* Ethnic textiles excite Chinese youth

VIET NAM
* Vinatex focuses garment investments on central region
* VINATEX to build textile complex in Vietnam’s Hai Phong
* Case Study: Better Work Vietnam Shows Path for Labour Law Reform

INDONESIA
* Increased living wage in Indonesia at a violent cost
*Administration’s legal division to appeal in labor wage dispute
* BetterWork Indonesia Media Updates

BANGLADESH
* Garment workers’ assoc rejects new wages
* Garment workers rights bodies set ultimatum
* Review minimum wage by Nov 20 or face movement: RMG workers
* Minimum wage proposal rejected by all, pressure on the minimum wage board to reconsider
* Cops-workers clash injures 20 in Gazipur
* Review minimum wages by Nov 20: RMG workers
* Garment workers’ bodies threaten agitation
* 7 RMG factories shut amid protest + Workers-cops clash injures 30 in Ashulia
* RMG workers demand salary hike
* No compromise on wage issue: Labour leaders
* Factory workers demand payment for overtime duties
* Unrest prevailing in Ctg RMG sector
* 23 RMG factories shut in Ashulia
* 25 RMG factories closed in Savar, Ashulia
* Workers minimum wage issue ‘getting lost in political turmoil’
* Garment owners will agree to Tk 5300 wage
* Skop demands review of minimum RMG wage structure
* Minimum wage: BGMEA leaders to meet ministry officials Monday
* BGMEA, BKMEA talk min wage issue with govt today
* Most Gazipur factories back in operation
* More than 50 RMG factories shut
* RMG workers demo, 350 factories closed
* Most units shut after worker-cop clash
* Accord, Alliance suggest some modifications of common checklist
* ILO to launch new BD report on Nov 18
* RMG exports to EU, US face stiff competition
* Exports rise 15%
* Indian RMG exports eat into markets of Bangladesh, China: report
* Govt set to inform US of progress
* Bangladesh to send plan of action to USTR by Nov 15
* RMG sector has reached a defining moment
* “They have blood on their hands”: Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare
* BDBL to sue BEXIMCO
* Fix our deadly tannery problem
TAZREEN FACTORY FIRE:
* Relatives of 11 victims buried unclaimed yet to be identified
THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE:
* BB honours 150 Rana Plaza volunteers

INDIA
* SIMA seeks Centre’s intervention
* AFT mill not to approach NCL Tribunal
* Indian garment exporters eating into share of China, Bangladesh
* Financial metrics of Indian garment manufacturers to rise
* CCI keeps options to buy at minimum support price
* Cotton Federation to buy cotton from Nov 11

SRI LANKA
* Brandix inks BPO deal with US firm

PAKISTAN
* Energy, better law & order must to benefit from GSP+
* Reaping GSP Plus benefits: energy, law & order vital prerequisites: PRGMEA
* Textile says GSP Plus futile if crises persist
* GSP plus status, rains help cotton prices to recover slightly
* GSP Plus status to help create jobs: Sarwar
* Insufficient capacity: GSP Plus status for Pakistan
* PCGA threatens to shut all ginning factories
* Punjab government earmarks land for garments city

UZBEKISTAN
* Textile sector develops in Uzbekistan’s Fergana province

ASIA
* Salaries in Asia-Pacific set to rise 7% next year: survey

PERU
* Cheap Chinese textiles slam Peru’s garment industry

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