In the news 3 July 2014

14:48:46 local time map of china CHINA

* Company fined $3.2 million for discharging pollutants:

A textile printing company in Shangyu district of Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, was fined 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) on Monday for illegally discharging pollutants into nearby rivers.

The fine was the highest in the province for environmental pollution.
A total of 11 people involved in the case were sentenced to from six months to four years in prison.
Yan Haixing, owner of Zhejiang Huidelong Textile Printing Co, installed secret tubes in June 2012 to avoid supervision. The company secretly discharged 5,000 tons of waste during July and August of 2012, and 18,000 tons of waste from April to September of last year.

The company spent just 1 million yuan in dealing with this waste, a fraction of what it would have cost to legally dispose of the waste. Disposal of wastewater under national regulation can be as high as 2,700 yuan per ton.
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* China likely to hold nearly 60% of world’s cotton stocks:

Higher ending stocks outside China and lower imports into China will put downward pressure on international prices in 2014/15.Additionally, world production is likely to exceed consumption in 2014/15, though by a lesser amount than in the past four seasons.
As a result, world ending stocks are expected to rise by 6% to 21.4 million tons and the stock-to-use ratio would be 89%, or in other words there would be enough cotton stocks to cover consumption for nearly 11 months.
This would be the fifth consecutive season of increase in ending stocks, after a 27% fall in 2009/10.
China is estimated to hold nearly 60% of the world’s stocks, most of which is held in its government reserve. At the end of June, the Secretariat estimates that the Chinese government will still hold 11.7 million tons.
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14:48:46 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* Workers mark Wage Law’s 25th year with DOLE protest:

Workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno marked the 25th year of the implementation of the law regionalizing wage fixing in the country with a rally in front of the Department of Labor and Employment’s main office in Intramuros, Manila, slamming the law for pressing down wages in the country.

The labor group said that since the Wage Rationalization Law was implemented on July 1, 1989, workers received only meager adjustments that has widened the gap betwen the minimum wage and the family living wage.

“The Wage Rationalization Law was designed to ward off a significant wage hike and therefore press down wages. It has contributed to the worsening hunger and poverty being experienced by workers and their families and should be junked,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

The labor leader cited a May 2013 study of independent think-tank Ibon Foundation which shows that the gap between the minimum wage in Metro Manila and the family living wage has increased by 108.7 per cent since March 2003.

“Wage levels show the living condition of the country’s workers. Since the Wage Rationalization Law was implemented, the living condition of Filipino workers has only further deteriorated,” Soluta added.
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13:48:46 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

Textile and Garment Group prepares for IPO:

The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) will launch an initial public offering this month.

Under the approved plan, the garment giant’s IPO would be implemented on the Hochiminh Stock Exchange on July 22 with nearly 122 million shares out of 500 million shares, with a face value of 10,000 VND (0.47 USD), to be publicly auctioned.

The State is to hold 51 percent of the 5 trillion VND (234.7 million USD) charter capital following the IPO.

Further, about 3 million shares, or 0.6 percent of the charter capital, would be sold to Vinatex’s internal staff and 120 million shares, or 24 percent of the charter capital, to strategic partners.
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* Vietnam’s Vinatex says will take up to 3 years to list shares:

Vinatex, Vietnam’s top textiles manufacturer, on Wednesday said it will take up to three years to list its shares on the stock market after an initial public offering (IPO) planned for later this month.

In Vietnam, an IPO and listing are two separate processes that can sometimes be years apart.
State-run Vinatex, or Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group, plans to sell shares to fund restructuring and boost profit, in a listing it hopes would coincide with the agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a 12-nation pact that would cover a third of global trade.
“We will strive to list in three years, and if conditions are favourable – the TPP is signed or better (earnings) ratios are reported – the listing could come faster,” Vinatex general director Tran Quang Nghi told investors on Wednesday.
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* Investors keen on Vinatex’s shares:

Portfolio investors at a conference in Hanoi on July 2 displayed considerable interest in purchasing shares of Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex).

At the seminar, Vinatex officials answered queries from delegates regarding the company’s short-term and long-term development strategy and their views for the overall prospects of the garment and textile industry in Vietnam.

Vinatex has made remarkable achievements in its business and production activities, earning US$2.9 billion in export turnover in 2013.The company is targeting to hit an export turnover of US$5 billion by 2020.

At present, the group has fully mobilised its resources to create a niche in the manufacturing supply chain fully expecting the market to explode upon the signing of free trade pacts with the EU and most especially the upcoming Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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13:48:46 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Rubber factory to close, 3,000 jobs lost:

Workers given six months notice of closure

A Thai-US joint venture that makes and exports rubber gloves under the Safeskin brand has announced the planned permanent closure of its operation in Songkhla due to accumulated losses since the floods in late 2010, resulting in around 3,000 employees losing their jobs. 

Safeskin Medical and Scientific (Thailand) Ltd, a large producer and exporter of rubber gloves and latex based in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, circulated letters to its employees in late June informing them of the company’s closure after 16 years in operation as the result of losses, ASTV Manager online newspaper reported.
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13:48:46 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Six months on, no justice for shootings:

Six months ago today, security forces opened fire on garment workers protesting for a doubling of their minimum wage on Phnom Penh’s factory-lined Veng Sreng Boulevard.

At least five people were killed in what rights groups called the worst state violence against citizens in 15 years.

Half a year on, no results of any government investigation have been released. No security, police or military personnel have been charged, and the victims’ families say they continue to wait for justice or compensation, hopes of which have all but slipped away.

“So far, the government has done nothing to take care of me; no one has come to see me. I have no idea what I am going to do,” said 21-year-old Chiv Phanith, whose husband was killed during the crackdown on protesters, many of whom were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

“My husband had just joined to demonstrate, and he should not have been punished with death. I have become a widow and the government should take care and compensate me. I don’t know whether I will get justice or not.”

A government investigation into the violence wrapped up in February and was never publicly released.
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* 200 Workers Protest Against Forced Overtime:

About 200 workers from the Chinese-owned Pollysa (Cambodia) Home Textile factory in Sihanoukville protested Wednesday against the overtime they were being forced to work and the firing of 20 employees earlier this week who refused the extra hours, workers and a union representative said.

Starting at about 11 a.m., some 100 workers protested outside the special economic zone that hosts the factory, while another 100 protested inside and were prevented from leaving the building until 5 p.m., said Pao Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers.

“The factory is abusing labor rights by firing 20 workers when they refused to work overtime and demanded their labor rights. They keep threatening the workers from the factory again and again, forcing them to work,” he said.

Non Thary, 26, who joined Wednesday’s protest, said the factory’s actions were unacceptable.

“The employers are exploiting us,” she said. “They order us to work after our full time but will not pay us compensation. They called us to work for two hours, but we were not paid. When we request a day off when we are sick, they fire us. Do they want the workers to die in the factory?”
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* Labor committee details schedule for wage talks: report:

The Labor Advisory Committee has asked unions and employers to start separate internal talks on wages this month under a schedule it approved in June, an industry source says.

In a report late Wednesday, Fibre2fashion.com said the 28-member committee had agreed that the talks would be followed by discussions between the two sides in August.

The government is scheduled to join the talks in September, the report said, adding that any vote on the issue would take place in October with new wages taking effect on January 1.

The committee, comprising members of all three groups, agreed last year to raise the minimum monthly wage from $80 to $95.
Following protests by garment factory workers seeking $160 a month, the minimum monthly wage was later raised to $100.
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CAMHERALD

* Court Urged to Suspend Garment Union Leader:

Two former board members of the country’s largest independent garment sector union asked the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday to suspend president Ath Thorn and two fellow officials over allegations of embezzlement.

Oum Visal and Roeung Chanthorn, founding board members of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, accuse Mr. Thorn, his deputy and his secretary general of stealing $93,000 from members after successfully negotiating a settlement with a Phnom Penh factory in 2008, a claim all three deny.

Mr. Visal and Mr. Chanthorn filed an injunction request with the court in April, asking to replace the trio as the union’s leaders until the case is settled, and pressed their request in a closed-door meeting with Judge Ly Lipmeng on Wednesday.

Sam Chamroeun, the ex-board members’ lawyer, said he urged the judge to approve the injunction but refused to reveal what evidence he had against the accused.
“I do not dare to reveal the evidence, but it will help to implicate those union leaders,” he said.
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* Complainant absent from Ath Thorn case:

The leader of Cambodia’s largest independent garment union appeared in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday as the defendant in a civil case brought by a former member demanding his removal.

At the trial against the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union’s (C.CAWDU) president Ath Thorn, vice president Kong Athit and secretary-general Ek Sopheakdey, attorney Som Chamreun, who is representing former member Um Visal, claimed scandal caused by the leadership is running the union into the ground.

“Thorn’s leadership style has caused the union to lose trust and money from the donors and members,” said Chamreun.

Visal did not appear in court.

Chamreun claimed that Thorn embezzled $120,000 in union dues in 2009, providing the judge with documents alleging support for the accusation. He also said Thorn’s reduction of committees in the union gave the president more power, breeding corruption.

Visal’s lawyer asked Phnom Penh Municipal judge Li Lim Meng to immediately remove the trio from power and promote someone new into the leadership positions.

A decision on the case has yet to be reached.
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* Transparency keeps driving improvements in working conditions:

The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme today releases its 2nd online transparency report showing how individual garment factories measure up on key working conditions.

Three of the twelve factories in the Low Compliance group made 33 verifiable improvements and, as a result, moved off the Low Compliance list. Low Compliance factories are those whose performance falls two standard deviations below the mean for compliance on 52 keys issues among factories with three or more BFC assessments.

One third of the 92 factories included in the ‘Critical Issues’ list made improvements on 21 basic legal requirements in anticipation of their inclusion in the report. The total number of Critical Issues violations in this group of factories fell from 134 to 87 between April and June 2014—a 35% improvement.
A smaller group of 24 factories in the database (26%) were already in compliance on all 21 of the basic legal requirements included in the Critical Issues category. Another 19 factories made verifiable improvements in order to move into this group, for a total of 43 factories (47%) with no violations of the Critical Issues.

A comparison of the performance of the​ 93 factories newly added to the Transparency database with the performance of factories included in BFC’s 31st Synthesis Report covering May 2013-April 2014 illustrate the impact of transparent reporting:
* Factories conducting emergency evacuation drills rose from 57% to 79%.
* Factories discriminating against workers dropped from 20% to 7%.

BFC’s Chief Technical Advisor, Jill Tucker says: “Through transparency we are seeing changes in factories that have resisted change for years.
Some of the benefits that are newly being given – such as proper seniority allowances – put money in workers’ pockets, and these benefits  cannot be taken away once they are provided.”
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* Labour initiative launches:

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Garment workers gather during a protest in front of T&K Cambodia factory on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Boulevard early last month. Photo by Pha Lina.

The Cambodian Labour Confederation (CLC), the country’s largest independent union collective, yesterday launched a program aimed at bolstering union influence, strengthening negotiating skills to avoid strikes and improving working conditions for women and youths.

The new initiative – a joint effort of the CLC and the National Confederation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands (known as CNV, its Dutch acronym) – is largely funded by the European Union.
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14:48:46 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Analysis: Textile industry; maximizing competitiveness opportunities:

20140702 JAKARTAPOST

The textile and textile products (TPT) industry is one of the important manufacturing sectors in Indonesia, with gross domestic product (GDP) valued at Rp 172.4 billion (US$14.4 billion) in 2013.

The textile, leather goods and footwear industry sub-sector made the fourth-largest contribution (9 percent) to GDP of all the non-oil and gas manufacturing industries, with an average growth of 4 percent per year during 2008-2013.

The TPT industry is also a quite significant labor-absorbing industry. According to Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data, workers absorbed by the industry from micro to large scale in 2012 were 2.9 million people, or 21.7 percent of the total labor absorption of non-oil and gas manufacturing industries.

The TPT industry continues to encounter many challenges and uncertainties in 2014. Performance of the industry will be greatly affected by global economic conditions, especially in the US and Europe as the largest Indonesian TPT export markets.

In this case, the potential recovery of the US economy as the largest Indonesian TPT export market will give rise to optimism, although the impact is not expected to be directly significant this year. Indonesian export products still have to compete with products from competitors, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, to compete for improved opportunities in the US market.
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While the potential recovery of the US economy gives some opportunities for the Indonesian TPT export market, increases in electricity rates, wages and the rupiah’s depreciation have added to cost pressure.

The increase in the minimum wage will have a more influential impact on the downstream TPT industry (labor costs of garment industry reached 27 percent, higher than those of fiber or spinning industry at 6 percent), while electricity rate increases will affect the upstream TPT industry (energy costs of fiber making industry was up to 25 percent, higher than the garment industry at about 1 percent).

In April 2014, the government gradually started removing the electricity subsidy for publically listed medium industrial customers (I-3) and large industrial customers (I-4).
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* Textile Industry Asks Electricity Rate Reviewed:

The Indonesian Textile Association (API) Chief, Ade Sudrajat, said that the second stage of basic electricity tariff hike starting July 1 has placed more burden on industry players.

“The total increase until this November reaches 38 percent for I-3 and 60 percent for I-4 category,” Ade told Tempo yesterday.
Ade compared Indonesia’s condition with Malaysia’s whose industrial electricity rate was lower. “They are not even energy producer.”
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* Presidential candidates seek support of Indonesia’s unions:

Indonesia’s labour unions have gotten into the fray of the presidential elections — they are pressing for salary hikes in exchange for workers’ support for the presidential candidates.

Indonesia’s labour unions have gotten into the fray of the presidential elections — they are pressing for salary hikes in exchange for workers’ support for the presidential candidates.

Not only do their sizeable numbers make them an important support base for candidates, observers said tackling labour issues would be a key task for next president if the government wants to create more jobs for Indonesians.

Some union workers have thrown their support behind Prabowo Subianto as Indonesia’s next president — in return for their backing, Mr Prabowo has signed a 10-point agreement with their six million member-strong confederation that includes an increase in minimum wage.
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12:48:46 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* Over 1,000 RMG factories face unrest ahead of Eid:

Garment manufacturers have identified over 1,000 factories that risk labour unrest ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr over payment of wages and festival allowances.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the apex trade body of the apparel makers, identified the factories in readymade garment (RMG) hubs in Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Tongi and Savar, sector insiders said.

They said a large number of factories had been struggling to pay the workers their monthly wages and other facilities for a long time. So, labour unrest might break out there any time.
An investigation committee of the BGMEA has submitted a report to the trade body in this connection.

“We have found out more than 1,000 RMG) factories that will not be able to pay wages and festival allowances before the Eid. As a result, labour unrest may break out in a large number of factories”, convener of the investigation team SM Mannan Kochi told the FE.

He said most of the factories were small and medium-size ones and they were faced with a shortage of fresh work orders.
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* Cleaning up Bangladesh’s textile industry:

 Western and local organizations have been working together for a year to help make the Bangladeshi textile industry safer.
But the process isn’t always running smoothly, especially when it comes to payments for workers.

The recent calls for help from workers of the Irish clothing retailer, Primark, have reignited the debate about the working conditions in the global textile industry. It is unclear whether these calls are genuine, and where they exactly come from; what is clear is that Primark has many clothing factories in Bangladesh.

With its four million textile workers, and an annual export volume of around 16 billion euros, Bangladesh is the second-largest textile producer in the world after China. But its textile industry is prone to accidents. Who can forget the images from the April 2013 factory building collapse near Dhaka? More than 1,100 people, including men and women, died in the incident.

Security agreement
After coming under fire both nationally and internationally, an unprecedented comprehensive “Accord on Fire and Building Safety” was reached in Bangladesh. Around 180 companies – mostly from Europe – international and local trade unions, Bangladeshi employers, exporters and government are part of this agreement. The objective of this Accord is to make the lives of Bangladeshi textile workers safer.

“It is a huge task,” Brad Loewen, Accord’s chief safety inspector, told DW. Loewen, along with 140 domestic and foreign observers, is responsible for inspecting over 1600 factories in the South Asian country. They have already checked 750 so far.
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* Six US Congressmen express concern to PM:

‘Harassment of labour activists’

Six influential US congressmen in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed their deep concern over the rising harassments to labour activists in the country’s apparel sector.

They have also sought the PM’s personal initiative to conduct proper investigation and respond to the serious allegations of intimidation and violence, including those to leaders of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), which have been brought to the government’s attention.

Signatories to the letter are congressmen George Miller, Eliot L Engel, Sander M Levin, Joseph Crowley, Grace Meng and Janice D Schakowsky.

The letter mentioned: “…as union registration have increased, we have also seen an increase in intimidation and harassment to labour activists. This is of serious concern to the United States Government, including the US Congress.”

It also mentioned that they have already conveyed their concern over anti-labour violence to a Bangladesh delegation, headed by the commerce minister, during its recent visit to the US.

“Senior officials of your government, including yourself and the commerce minister, would intervene and make clear that this pattern of intimidation and violence would not be tolerated,” the congressmen said.

The letter however expressed shock, finding the commerce minister and the BGMEA president, rather than calling for the authorities concerned to investigate intimidation to labour activists, engaged in the process themselves.
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* Stop harassing labour activists:

US Congressmen ask govt in a letter to PM

Six US Congressmen have expressed serious concern over an increased intimidation and harassment of labour activists, while Bangladesh is working to restore the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility to the American market.

Last year, the US suspended Bangladesh’s trade benefits under the GSP, citing Bangladesh’s failure in ensuring internationally-recognised worker rights.
Bangladesh used to export 0.54 percent or $26 million of its total export to the US a year under the GSP scheme, which allows different countries’ zero-duty benefit to the American market for same selected goods.
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* Tofail, Atiqul engage in intimidation of labour activities, say US congressman:

Six US congressmen have protested that the commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed, and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president, Atiqul Islam, have engaged in intimidation of labour activities instead of persuasion of investigation into abuse of the workers’ rights.

In a letter to the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on June 30, they cited media reports that said that Atiqul on June 23 demanded action against some trade union leaders for accusing them of sending letters to the US congressmen ‘with false information’ about labour standard.

Atiqul made the accusation against a federation affiliated with the IndustriALL Bangladesh at a programme in presence of commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, who made the same accusation a day before against IndustriALL, an international labour rights group.
The US congressmen demanded proper investigation into the serious allegations brought by the National Garment Workers Federation following attacks on workers at Valuka and other violence against workers.
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* US Congressmen seeks Hasina’s assurance to probe violence on labour leaders:

The Congress members in the joint letter dated May 30 made the call

Six members of the US Congress have sought Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina’s assurance to facilitate proper investigation into the allegation of intimidation and violence on workers leader at Valuka, brought by the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF).

In a recent letter, sent to the US Senators, NGWF claimed that labour leaders are brutally assaulted by musclemen for their attempt to organise union.

The Congress members, including George Miller, Eliot Engel, Sander M Levin, Joshep Crowley, Grace Meng and Janice D Schakosky, in the joint letter dated May 30 made the call as the Dhaka Tribune obtained a copy of the letter.
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* IFC may provide fund for RMG remediation works:

The brands those are signatory to the Accord will guarantee the loan, with that guarantee the IFC would provide the loan to the factory owners

International Finance Corporation (IFC) is likely to provide funds to Bangladesh readymade garments factory owners to facilitate remediation works on fire, electrical and building safety.

The brands those are signatory to the Accord will guarantee the loan, with that guarantee the IFC would provide the loan to the factory owners, Rob Wayss, Executive Director of Accord Bangladesh Operation, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

The factory owners will get loans at low interest, approximately 6-7%, and the factory owners can be provided with the money only for remediation works, he said. The possible duration for repayment of the loan would be three years.

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is working on the issues, which are not yet finalised. The Accord has sent the IFC proposal to the interested buyers and brands so the interested parties could contact the IFC for more details.

According to article 24 of the Accord agreement, the signatory companies shall assume responsibility for funding the activities of the steering committee (SC), Safety Inspector and Training Coordinator as set forth in this Agreement, with each company contributing its equitable share of the funding in accordance with a formula to be established in the Implementation Plan.
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* Return of GSP seems far off:

USTR review finds Bangladesh behind schedule in meeting commitments; praises progress in some areas

Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more to address the worker rights and worker safety issues that led American President Barack Obama to suspend trade benefits, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said yesterday after an interagency review.

At the time of the suspension, the US provided the Bangladesh government with an action plan that provides a basis for Obama to consider the reinstatement of Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scrapped in June last year.
“The Obama administration has been engaging the Bangladesh government and stakeholders over the past year to press for changes to address the worker rights and worker safety issues,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement.
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* Bangladesh must do more to win back trade benefits: US:

Bangladesh has to do more to improve factory conditions and workers rights in order to have US trade benefits restored, the US Trade Representative’s office said on Wednesday.

The US president, Barack Obama, revoked long-time trade benefits for Bangladesh a year ago, after a garment factory collapse and a factory fire killed more than 1,200 people and gave the country a checklist of things to improve.

A progress review found that Bangladesh registered new unions in the garment sector, dropped criminal charges against labour activists and was cooperating with private sector plans to protect worker safety, including one organised by North American retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Gap .
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* US: Bangladesh must do more to get back GSP:

Next review of Bangladesh’s progress on the GSP Action Plan in December 2014

Bangladesh must do more to improve worker rights and worker safety to get back the country’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade benefits.

An interagency review led by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has said this in its report.

The report said: “GSP action plan review finds more needs to be done to improve worker rights and worker safety in Bangladesh.”

It also said: “Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more to address the worker rights and worker safety issues that led President Obama to suspend its GSP trade benefits in June 2013.”
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DHAKATRIBUNE

* Exports to Turkey shine overcoming duty barrier:

Bangladesh exports to Turkey grew by 40 per cent in the first 11 months of the financial year 2013-2014, overcoming the barrier of safeguard duty imposed by the European country on RMG items.

EPB data showed exports to Turkey soared to $792.77 million against $568 million in the same period of the FY13 riding on the export growth of garment products.
Turkey, which is also a major RMG producing country and a competitor of Bangladesh on the world market with around $17 billion annual export, imposed the safeguard duty in September 2011 at a rate of 17 per cent on apparel imports from the least developed countries including Bangladesh.
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* Cotton demand to remain stable:

Demand for cotton will remain stable in the country as Indian and Chinese investors are relocating their textile companies to Bangladesh, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said.

Low costs will offer incentives for companies to relocate to Bangladesh, it said.
Cotton consumption in Bangladesh moves largely in tandem with activity in the textile sector, which is currently booming, the EIU said.
“After growing by an estimated 14.3 percent in 2012-13, we expect the consumption growth to slow in the next two seasons, but risks are weighted on the upside.”
The EIU is the research and analysis division of the Economist Group that owns the Economist newspaper.
Garment exports from Bangladesh rose by nearly 14.88 percent to $22.18 billion between July and May, performing well in non-traditional export destinations: Russia, Chile, South Korea and Japan.
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12:18:46 local time map of india INDIA

* Tomar wants to strike a balance between workers and industry:

Reviving industrial investment is not strictly the job of a labour minister, unless, of course, one is also the Union steel and mining minister.

It’s a tightrope walk for Narendra Singh Tomar, who is simultaneously trying to address labour issues and create a friendlier investment climate – and doing these while keeping environmental and social concerns in mind.

In his first interview since taking charge as a minister, Tomar told Business Standard the government had asked trade unions to create an atmosphere that promoted industry.
After a meeting with state labour ministers, trade unions and employers’ organisation last week, Tomar is likely to soon hold meetings with chief ministers to discuss mining issues.
He has already written to them to evolve a “transparent and efficient system for lease allocations, along with a robust regulatory framework that best serves India’s interests”.
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BUSINESSSTANDARD 2

* Cotton yield pegged higher this year:

Exports of cotton increased to 11.4 million bales compared to 10.1 million bales last year, according to CAB estimates

The average cotton yield in 2013-14 has increased by nine per cent to 565.36 kg per hectare (ha) compared to 2012-13 as the quality of the seeds has improved despite the area under cotton falling to 11.73 million ha compared to 11.98 million ha in 2012-13.

The Cotton Advisory Board, which met on Wednesday, has pegged cotton production on the higher side this year at 39 million bales compared to 36.5 million bales last year.

The cotton area in north India has decreased to 1.3 million ha compared to 1.5 million ha. Central India has also seen acreage under cotton drop to 7.1 million ha from 7.2 million ha. Gujarat has seen a fall in area to 2.4 million ha from 2.6 ha.
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11:48:46 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Textile industry crisis endangers cotton economy:

20140703 theNATION

Senior Vice Chairman APTMA Akbar Seth has said that the textile industry crisis is set to endanger the cotton economy, as reduction in productivity will make difficult for milers to procure cotton ahead.

According to him, chances are high the cotton farmers will not be able to get even production cost if energy crisis persists for another month. The cotton farmers will set their crop ablaze in case they failed to get appropriate price.
He was addressing a press conference on Wednesday evening along with the Acting Chairman APTMA Syed Ali Ahsan at the APTMA Punjab. Speaking to media, Syed Ali Ahsan said that the production capacity equivalent to 100 textile units has already closed in Punjab due to energy load shedding.

Syed Ali Ahsan said the Federal Minister Textile was constantly writing to the Prime Minister for appointment in order to apprise him the Punjab-based textile industry issues.  APTMA was also seeking appointment from the Prime Minister to get resolve the energy relating issues, he added.

However, he appreciated the Punjab government for providing gas supply to the Punjab-based textile mills during last winter, which was not possible during previous years. The Acting Chairman said that APTMA has signed MOU with Chinese company for 330MW coal-based power plant but the problem is to how keep the operations continue in the meanwhile.

He urged the government to save jobs of 15 million direct and indirect textile workers by providing electricity and gas supply to the Punjab-based textile mills immediately.
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* Textile industry crisis endangers cotton economy: APTMA chief:

Senior Vice Chairman APTMA Akbar Seth has said the textile industry crisis is set to endanger the cotton economy, as reduction in productivity will make difficult for milers to procure cotton ahead.

According to him, chances are high the cotton farmers will not be able to get even production cost if energy crisis persists for another month. The cotton farmers will set their crop ablaze in case they failed to get appropriate price.

He was addressing a press conference on Wednesday evening along with Acting Chairman APTMA Syed Ali Ahsan at the APTMA Punjab. Speaking to media, Syed Ali Ahsan said the production capacity equivalent to 100 textile units had already closed in Punjab due to energy loadshedding.
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* APTMA’s Punjab chapter laments lack of energy :

Plagued by energy shortages, the Punjab-based textile industry now fears cancellation of its export orders from global brands as local millers are unable to meet requirements, said All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Punjab acting chairman Syed Ali Ahsan in a press conference on Wednesday.

He also hinted that millers would be unable to purchase cotton this year amid a lack of power supply to operate their units. This could result in another crisis in the coming months.

“We are not in a position to purchase cotton, the situation is getting worse,” he said.
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* Business activity picks up pace on cotton market:

Little improvement was witnessed in the trading activity on the cotton market on Wednesday mills and spinners took interest in fresh deals, dealers said.

The official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 6,300, they added. While, the prices of seed cotton from Sindh at Rs 3300 and Rs 3350, and in the Punjab rates jumped by Rs 100 to Rs 3400 and Rs 3350, they said. In the ready session, about 1200 bales of cotton changed hands at Rs 6300-6400, they said.

Cotton analyst, Naseem Usman said that some needy mills and spinners entered the market to meet their urgent requirements.
He also said that cotton crop is ready for picking, but wind fall in interior Sindh caused delay.
But, now it appeared that picking operation may not be delayed in days to come, until or unless, monsoon rains started, other experts said. They also said that due to power shortage in factories and mills, demand by consumers came down in the month of Ramazan.

If monsoon rains started in Sindh, this factor may not be beneficial for the standing crop, other brokers said. Besides, exports of textile and closing products witnessed an increase of 5.96 percent during to the out-going fiscal year, mainly owing to a slight rise in export of value-added products.
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BUSINESSRECORDER

* Exports to EU markets grow by $700m:

Exports to European markets during the first 11 months (July-May) of the outgoing fiscal year grew by an additional $700 million because of GSP+ status, said Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir on Wednesday.

“The major share in this growth was grabbed by the textile and clothing sector,” he said while talking to media persons here.

Asked why the growth in exports to the European Union (EU) does not reflect in the overall export numbers for the last two months, the minister said this was due to the dip in exports of non-textile products in the wake of the rupee’s appreciation against the US dollar.

Dastgir said the government approved incentives for textile and non-textile value added sectors. “This will certainly boost exports, especially to the EU market.”
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* Action sought against labour laws violators:

Punjab Labour Federation president Akram Naz has said various factories in the district are involved in blatant violations of labour laws and rules regarding the child labour.

At a press conference here on Wednesday, he said these factories had employed children from the age of 8 to 12 years for over 14-hour jobs for Rs5,000 to Rs6,000 per month only.

He said under the labour laws, any person below the age of 18 years was not allowed to work in a factory or any other organisation, but most of the pharmaceutical units, ice cream manufacturers, hosiery items manufacturers, glass factories etc had employed the under-age workers.
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SOUTH AFRICA

* SACTWU settles Carpet Textiles sector wage negotiations:

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has settled its 2014 wage negotiations for the Carpets sector.

A dispute was declared after the 3rd round and settlement was reached during conciliation which took place on 25th June 2014.
The settlement package is 7.75%  covering a wage increase and an improved service allowance. The Union’s settlement demand was 8%. Approximately 1000 workers from 4 factories, nationally, will benefit from this increase.
The settlement was reached under the auspices of the National Textile Bargaining Council.
Increase is effective from 1st July 2014
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CHINA
* Company fined $3.2 million for discharging pollutants
* China likely to hold nearly 60% of world’s cotton stocks

PHILIPPINES
* Workers mark Wage Law’s 25th year with DOLE protest

VIET NAM
* Textile and Garment Group prepares for IPO
* Vietnam’s Vinatex says will take up to 3 years to list shares
* Investors keen on Vinatex’s shares

THAILAND
* Rubber factory to close, 3,000 jobs lost:

CAMBODIA
* Six months on, no justice for shootings
* 200 Workers Protest Against Forced Overtime
* Labor committee details schedule for wage talks: report
* Court Urged to Suspend Garment Union Leader
* Complainant absent from Ath Thorn case
* Transparency keeps driving improvements in working conditions
* Labour initiative launches

INDONESIA
* Analysis: Textile industry; maximizing competitiveness opportunities
* Textile Industry Asks Electricity Rate Reviewed
* Presidential candidates seek support of Indonesia’s unions

BANGLADESH
* Over 1,000 RMG factories face unrest ahead of Eid
* Cleaning up Bangladesh’s textile industry
* Six US Congressmen express concern to PM
* Stop harassing labour activists
* Tofail, Atiqul engage in intimidation of labour activities, say US congressman
* US Congressmen seeks Hasina’s assurance to probe violence on labour leaders
* IFC may provide fund for RMG remediation works
* Return of GSP seems far off
* Bangladesh must do more to win back trade benefits: US
* US: Bangladesh must do more to get back GSP
* Exports to Turkey shine overcoming duty barrier
* Cotton demand to remain stable

INDIA
* Tomar wants to strike a balance between workers and industry
* Cotton yield pegged higher this year

PAKISTAN
* Textile industry crisis endangers cotton economy
* Textile industry crisis endangers cotton economy: APTMA chief
* APTMA’s Punjab chapter laments lack of energy
* Business activity picks up pace on cotton market
* Exports to EU markets grow by $700m
* Action sought against labour laws violators

SOUTH AFRICA
* SACTWU settles Carpet Textiles sector wage negotiations

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