19:49:30 local time VIET NAM
* Garment sector tops nation’s exports:
Garment and textile exports jumped 11.1% on-month in July to US$2.1 billion, surpassing the telephone sector as the nation’s leading export industry, reports the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
- Garment material imports rise 20% in H1
- Garment industry stands firm in global market
- Garment exports hit US$7.44 billion
According to the Ministry’s latest statistics, garment and textile exports outpaced the telephone sector by US$ 0.5 billion.
In the first seven months of the year, cumulative garment and textile exports increased 19.4% on-year to US$11.48 billion. Garment exports achieved two-digit growth in most markets including the US (14.85%), Europe (26%), Japan (13.82%), and the Republic of Korea (36%).
19:49:30 local time LAOS
* Lao garment industry booms:
An expansion of industrial capacity in Laos’ garment industry has caused a five percent increase in export value over the first six months of 2014, state- run daily Vientiane Times reported Tuesday.
According to Lao Garment Industry Association President Onesy Boutsivongsakd, the export value of Lao garments in the first six months of this year reached 95 million U.S. dollars, a five percent increase over the same period last year.
The increase was announced at a media event to unveil a new enterprise survey here in the capital. The survey indicated that the domestic business climate has steadily improved over the last several years.
Throughout 2014 the Lao Garment Industry Association predicts that exports of garment products will reach a figure of 226 million U.S. dollars. Confidence in the figure has been driven by an increased amount of garment companies and an increased demand for the products internationally.
19:49:30 local time CAMBODIA
* Benefits there for the taking:
Thailand will lose its beneficial tax treatment on exports to the European Union next year, and Cambodia’s manufacturing sector could be set to capitalise.
Following three consecutive years of upper-middle income status as defined by the World Bank, Thailand will on January 1 lose its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) privileges, which reduce or entirely remove duties on the export of selected products to EU member states.
As some countries migrate to higher income levels and lose their trade preferences, those that continue to receive duty-free access to the EU, such as Cambodia, are expected to become more attractive investment destinations.
“Reducing GSP to fewer beneficiaries has resulted in a further improvement of the competitive position of Least Developed Countries on the EU market and provided for additional opportunities for both exports of products already produced, and for the diversification in to new products,” Alain Vandersmissen, minister-counselor of the EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Cambodia, said in an email yesterday.
As an example, Vandersmissen pointed to Cambodia’s garment and footwear industry, for which trade benefits helped achieve a record €2.4 billion ($3.2 billion) in exports to the EU in 2013, a 30 per cent increase on the previous year.
18:49:30 local time BANGLADESH
20140806 * Workers’ leaders trying to convince Tuba workers:
The workers have threatened tougher movements if all their dues were not paid by the afternoon today
A section of workers’ leaders are now trying to convince the agitating workers from Tuba Group to accept BGMEA’s terms after they refused the offer and demanded the full payment of all dues by today.
The workers have threatened tougher movements if all their dues were not paid by the afternoon today.
“I have spoken to several workers and they have agreed to accept payments for May and June, as proposed by the BGMEA,” said Nahidul Islam Noyon, general secretary of Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation.
“We have four unions in the Tuba Group factories and 90% of its workers are members,” he said adding that the workers would take the money as they were in need of it.
When asked how many workers had agreed to the BGMEA proposal, Nahid said: “My colleagues are working on it now and tomorrow I will be able to tell you the exact number of workers who will be present there.”
“There are six to seven worker organisations active in the Tuba Group factories and they are now working to convince the workers to accept the proposal,” Badruddoza Nizam, member secretary of Garment Sramik Somonnoy Parishad, told the Dhaka Tribune.
20140806 * The Hunger Strike Intensifies – Tuba Workers To Fight Till They Get Their Right:
The workers of Tuba Group have received promises since before Eid, but have faced repeated disappointments over which the bail of Delwar Hossain came as salt on wound.
With workers getting ill and more public opinion being generated by them, the BGMEA and the Government are coming under increased pressure to challenge Delwar Hossain’s bail which was previously given on grounds that his presence would expedite pay the 3 month worth of salary and festival bonuses – which also has been labelled by worker leaders, right activists and the workers themselves as plain blackmail.
After 9 days of hunger strike by 1600 workers of the Tuba Group, Garments Workers Unity Forum leader Moshrefa Mishu announced that her along with Tuba workers under the umbrella of “Tuba Group Workers Movement Committee” may go on a Countrywide General Strike over their 5-point demand which includes:
- Payment of 1600 worker’s salary and overtime in full, immediately.
- Ensuring regular employment in all the Tuba group factories.
- Cancelling Delwar Hossain’s bail and ensuring his highest punishment.
- Providing compensation of the dead and injured of the workers of Tazreen garments.
- Compensating the workers who have been participating in the movement for their physical-mental-financial loss.
These 9 days have been eventful, laborious and continuous to be heartbreaking. However, these nine days were preceded by dreadful months of suffering to which these 1600 workers were condemned by their rich masters who plotted and planned to get things their way at the cost of lives which they clearly value not.
How have the workers spent their months without salary? – Working tirelessly to meet deadlines, while taking loans from friends and family to feed their family, these factory workers have been reduced to slavery without what even most slaves in the days of the past had as the basic minimum, i.e. food and shelter.
20140806 * Pay all dues today or face strike: Tuba group workers:
A policeman holds a protester by the neck in a bid to disperse apparel workers and leftist activists who laid siege to Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association at Karwan Bazar in Dhakaon Tuesday. — Indrajit Ghosh
Tuba Group workers on Tuesday threatened to go for tougher agitations including strike if Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Tuba authority failed to pay their wages for three months and allowances today.
They issued the ultimatum as Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee besieged Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s headquarters pressing for their five-point demands.
The demands include payment of outstanding wages for three months and allowances at a time, cancellation of bail granted by the High Court to Tuba Group owner Delwer Hossain, ensuring job of the workers making Tuba Group factories operational and compensating workers who were on fast unto death.
The owners’ association, however, in a statement invited the protesting workers to receive their wages for two months from the association office today. The association would bear no responsibility of wages in future for the workers who would fail to receive the wages today, the statement said.
Several hundred workers laid siege to the association building at Karwanbazar at about 11:30am braving obstacles created by the police, who also charged baton.
‘The BGMEA leaders must to go to the factory floors at Badda in the city where the workers continued fast unto death for the ninth day and they must pay all arrears at a time,’ said Tuba Group worker Miraj Ahmed addressing the rally in front of the association building.
He said that agitated workers would not receive wages for two months and if the factory authority and the association leaders failed to pay all arrears by today, the workers would enforce strike in industrial belts across the country.
Rejecting the proposal of the association and shipping minister Shahjahan Khan, worker leader Mohammed Sumon said that the association and the shipping minister made the decision through discussion with some trade union leaders who were working as agents of the apparel factory owners.
In a statement, they said that if Delwar got bail, it would question the country’s justice delivery system.
They demanded exemplary punishment of Delwar for killing 112 workers in the Tazrin garments fire in 2012 and taking hostage of the workers of Tuba group by not paying their wages and festival allowances.
They censured the statement of state minister for labour affairs that there would be no problem to pay wages and festival allowances to the protesting workers if Delwar was released.
A group of teachers from different universities observed a four-hour hunger strike at the base of Aparajeya Bangla at the Dhaka University demanding immediate payment of arrears of the Tuba workers.
Civic leaders and Supreme Court lawyers on Tuesday protested the non-payment of wages of Tuba Group workers even after one week’s hunger strike and denounced the government’s inaction to address the issue.
Ain o Salish Kendra executive director Sultana Kamal, addressing the human chain, said that it was inhumane that the workers were on movement for seven days for their just demands but they were not paid their dues.
New Age editor Nurul Kabir said, ‘Eid is a religious and social festival. When 1,800 workers do not get their wages during this festival and government remains silent, any sensible person should protest against the ruling class’ inaction.’
Women leader Khushi Kabir urged for strong movement so that none can escape punishment by doing illegal activities with their power and money.
She demanded immediate payment of all the dues of the agitating workers.
20140806 * Delwar freed amid outcry:
Workers vow to continue demo until demands met
Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was freed from jail on bail yesterday though the government pledged to block his release.
Delwar had been detained in jail since February in a case linked with a 2012 fire that killed 112 people at Tazreen Fashions, a garment unit of Tuba Group, in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital.
The High Court on July 24 granted an ad-interim bail to Delwar for two months, hearing his lawyers’ argument that unrest had ensued as workers of Tuba Group’s industrial units did not get salaries since he was taken into custody.
The government decided to challenge the HC bail order, the prosecution said before Delwar’s release.
Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary had said he opposed the bail petition before the HC, as there were serious allegations against Delwar of negligence in saving the lives of garment workers from the deadly fire at Tazreen.
Although the bail was granted two weeks ago, the government could not prepare an appeal against the bail as of yesterday.
Acting Attorney General Murad Reza said the filing of the appeal with the Supreme Court against the bail was underway.
He, however, could not say when the appeal would be filed.
Meanwhile, workers of five garment units of Tuba Group, many of whom have been on a hunger strike since July 28 demanding payment of arrears, overtime bills and Eid bonuses, became furious at the release of Delwar.
The managing director of the group walked out of the Central Jail at 8:00pm after the jail authorities received a copy of the bail order, said Golam Haider, deputy inspector general (prison).
“It is like rubbing salt into the wound,” said Mohammad Miraz, a worker at Bukshan Garments owned by Tuba Group.
“Delwar is responsible for the killing of a huge number of workers. His bail is a humiliation for 1,600 Tuba Group’s workers,” said Shilpi, another worker.
20140806 * Delwar released on bail:
Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was released on Tuesday on interim bail for two months granted by the High Court in a case of culpable homicide by negligence in connection with the fire at his apparel factory Tazreen Fashions that killed 112 workers in November 2012.
Sources in the jail said that the order of Delwar’s bail reached the prison authorities at about 5:45pm from the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, but he was released at about 8:00pm only after getting clearances from the government and intelligence agencies.
The Dhaka central jail senior superintendent, Farman Ali, said that he had asked the officials concerned to release Delwar after verifying the bail documents reached at the jail about 5:45pm.
On July 24, the High Court bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted the bail to Delwar following an application stating that he would pay wages to about 3,000 agitating workers of his factories that remained outstanding since April.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza, now in charge of the office of the attorney general’s office in his absence, on Sunday said that the office would appeal against the bail of Delwar though there was no government instruction..
He told New Age on Tuesday afternoon that the office already applied for certified copy of the order.
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20140806 * Tuba workers lay siege to BGMEA headquarters:
Reject partial payments, threaten strike
The agitating workers of Tuba Group Tuesday hemmed in employees and office bearers of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association inside the BGMEA headquarters for two hours amid police intervention, in an unflinching stance on realising full payment of their dues.
Witnesses said even police baton charge couldn’t deter the slogan-canting workers from laying the pre-announced siege to the owners’ association office, at the height of their demonstrations continuing since before the Eid festival.
Several hundred protesters marched on the office of country’s apex trade body at Karwan Bazar in the capital at about 11:40am. Police were reinforced, and they charged baton to drive back the protesters.
“They got dispersed but soon regrouped. The demonstrators then staged a sit-in blockading the entrance to the BGMEA office,” says a firsthand report on the squatting.
At the demonstration rally, the agitators under the banner of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee warned the apparel-makers, the government and a section of workers’ groups of tougher movement soon unless their five-point demands are met.
A tripartite committee to resolve the Tuba crisis made a decision in a recent meeting on clearing three months’ wage areas in two phases, only to be rebuffed by the workers.
Rejecting the decision, one of the agitating workers, Suman, said those who took the decision never visited the unpaid workers who have been on hunger strike for nine days.
20140805 * Bangladesh garment workers demanding wages clash with police:
Bangladeshi garment workers staging a hunger strike for nine days to press for back-pay and a holiday bonus clashed with police in the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday, police and witnesses said.
About 1,600 workers from five factories of the Tuba Group have been on hunger strike since July 28 demanding the payment of salary for three months, overtime and a holiday bonus. About 100 of them have fallen sick.
Police used truncheons to disperse several hundred of the workers who tried to besiege the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) headquarters, witnesses said.
On Sunday, the association agreed to pay wages for two months this week, and said the Tuba Group would pay the rest of the salaries and a bonus for the Eid al-Fitr holiday later.
But the workers rejected the offer.
“We will continue our protests and fasting until our demands are met,” one worker shouted to fellow protesters at the demonstration.
Low labor costs and, critics say, shortcuts on safety, make Bangladesh the cheapest place to make large quantities of clothing and the second-largest exporter of readymade garments.
20140805 * BGMEA blames Left leaders for ‘doing politics’ over Tuba:
The acting President of BGMEA has said Left leaders are playing politics on the Tuba Group issue despite a pledge by the management for payment of unpaid salaries and allowances, according to a news agency.
The statement of SM Mannan Kochi came after the Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee laid a siege to the BGMEA building Tuesday noon.
Kochi claimed there was no Tuba Group workers in the agitations and only Leftist leaders took part in it.
“Politics has begun over the Tuba issue. Four Tuba Group factories, out of five, have trade unions. We’ve talked to leaders of those trade unions. We all have reached an agreement to clear two months’ salary,” he added.
20140805 * Tuba owner Delwar released on bail:
Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain, who is facing charges negligence that led to death of 112 apparel workers in 2012, was released on bail after his bail order reached the Dhaka Central Jail on Tuesday afternoon.
Dhaka Central Jail senior superintendent Farman Ali said that Delwar was released at about 8:05pm after examining the document of his bail granted earlier by the High Court.
On July 24, the bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted Delwar bail for two months following an application stating that he would pay wages to about 3,000 workers of his factories that remained outstanding since April.
The workers of five units of Tuba Group are on hunger strike since July 28 demanding payment of arrears, wage and festival allowance at Hossain Market in Badda.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza, now in charge of the office in absence of the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, told New Age that the office applied for getting certified copy of the bail order.
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20140805 * Tuba workers warn of hartal if salaries not paid by tomorrow:
The agitating garment workers of Tuba Group today threatened of resorting to tougher programmes like hartal (shutdown) or blockades if all their dues are not paid by tomorrow.
“We will be compelled to announce programmes like hartal or blockade day after tomorrow if our due salaries of three months and bonuses are not paid in full by tomorrow,” said Zahirul Islam, president of Bangladesh Workers Federation.
He made the announcement in front Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka where several hundred workers of Tuba Group who were agitating for their dues.
20140805 * In support of the women on hunger strike:
Clean Clothes Campaign urges the Tuba Group in Bangladesh to immediately pay all outstanding wages and bonuses to 1,600 of their employees.
We stand in solidarity with the Tuba workers who enter the ninth day of their hunger strike demanding payment of the wages, overtime dues and allowances for the months of May, June and July including their Eid bonus.
Hundreds of workers from five Tuba Group factories have been protesting since the day before Eid. More than 100 workers collapsed and 17 have been hospitalized since the hunger strike began on Monday 28th July.
EUR 400.000 (around EUR 250,- per person) is needed to pay three months’ wages and Eid bonuses to the 1,600 workers of Tuba Group. For that end, both the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Assocation (BGMEA) and Tuba Group management applied for bank loans but were rejected for failure to provide a guarantee from the company’s managing director Delwar Hossain. Hossain has been detained in jail since February 9 for his role in Tazreen fire in November 2012 that took 112 lives.
Furthermore the workers demand that the factories should be kept open so that the 1,600 workers can retain their livelihood, compensation for workers who have fallen ill and compensation for the victims of Tazreen Fashions fire.
We call on the BGMEA, the Tuba Group and the buyers of the factories to ensure swift payments to the workers, so they do not have to jeopardize their health for wages they earned.
20140805 * Urgent Appeal : Calling for international solidarity to support the Bangladesh garment workers on hunger strike!:
We from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance call upon all the international trade unions and groups to support the latest struggle of Bangladesh workers who have been on strike since last week!
About 2000 workers who are working for Tuba group of companies launched an indefinite strike last week until their demands are met!
Around 2,000 workers from the Tuba group of companies began an indefinite strike last week, with a number also starting a mass hunger strike in an occupied factory. The workers are angry that they could not go home during the Eid holiday and for being left without three months’ pay and festival bonus. The Tuba group of companies includes the Tazreen owners. Workers are also protesting over the Tazreen lack of compensation and prosecutions, and are calling for the cancellation of bail for Delwar Hossain, Tazreen’s owner. The garment industry in Bangladesh is renowned for its exploitative practices independent and active unions need to call for and support the Bangladesh unions struggle to improve workers conditions.
Calendar of Events:
20140805 * Tuba workers encircle BGMEA:
Workers of Tuba Group have taken position in front of the BGMEA on Tuesday demanding payment of their due wages and allowances.
Police stopped the workers’ procession around 11.30am when it reached at the capital’s Karwan Bazaar area, where a scuffle broke out prompting law enforcers to charge batons. The protesting workers then took position in front of the BGMEA office and held a rally there.
BGMEA is the apex body of the garment business owners.
Agitated Tuba workers were joined by representatives of 15 labour organisations on Tuesday.
“We will have to opt for programmes like shutdown and strikes if the workers are not paid,” Convener of Garments Sramik Shanghati, Taslima Akhter told the rally.
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20140805 * Tuba Group workers demonstrates demanding arrear wages, Eid bonus:
Garment workers of five factories under Tuba Group on Tuesday demonstrated in front of BGMEA Bhaban in the capital demanding their outstanding dues, including three months’ wages and Eid bonus.
Witnesses said some 200-250 workers started gathering in front of BGMEA Bhaban from 11:00 am. At one stage, many of them tried to enter into the building but police foiled the attempt with mild baton charge.
Additional police and RAB members were deployed in the area from the morning to avert any untoward incident.
20140805 * BGMEA to pay 2 months’ salaries to Tuba workers Wednesday :
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in a statement on Tuesday said Tuba Group workers will be paid their two months’ dues on Wednesday.
The rest of the dues will be paid to the workers in ‘due time’ by the factory authorities, the statement added, quoting the decision of a tripartite meeting among the government, BGMEA and the Garment Workers’ Coordination Council, held at BGMEA Bhaban on Monday.
If any employee or worker fails to come to the BGMEA office within the stipulated time tomorrow (Wednesday), BGMEA will not take any responsibility for the payment anymore, the statement added.
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20140805 * Solidarity Rally to support the Bangladesh workers on hunger strikes:
* Appeal for Solidarity from Textile Workers in Bangladesh:
On July 26, 2014 the workers had confined two relatives of the Group chairman and managing director Delwar Hossain within the factory premises demanding immediate payment of their due wages.
Last Monday (July 28, 2014) several hundred workers of Tuba Group took over factories they work at (Taif Designs Ltd., Mita Designs Ltd. and Tuba Fashions Ltd. at Uttar Badda Dhaka) and began their fast unto death demanding the unpaid wage and festival bonus.
Instead, they have used this issue of non-payment to secure the owner, Delwar Hossain’s bail. He was in jail in connection with the fire at one of his factory, Tazreen Fashions Ltd. which killed more than 125 workers on November 24, 2012.
While an injured worker of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., Amena Begum, is counting her last days at a Palliative Care Center, missing workers’ families still awaiting proper compensation and 1600 workers starving for three months without pay, the owner is granted bail.
When the garment owners lock workers inside burning buildings, should we to expect them to care if the latter die fasting?
We are writing to you to inform you about the ongoing workers struggle, we are writing today to request you to support the movement. We request you to:
20140805 * Cops charge batons on Tuba workers:
Police resist demonstrating workers of Tuba Group in front of the building of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association at Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday. The workers go to lay siege to the BGMEA building demanding three-month salaries and Eid bonus. Photo: Akram Hosen
Police charged batons on the demonstrating workers of Tuba Group when they tried to lay siege to the BGMEA headquarters at Karwan Bazar in the capital this morning.
As per their scheduled programme, several hundreds of workers gathered in front of the building of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in the morning.
When they tried to besiege the BGMEA Bhaban around 11:40am, police charged truncheons on the workers.
In face of police resistance, the workers were holding a rally, blocking the entrance of the BGMEA headquarters till 12:30pm when the report was filed.
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* Weavers enjoy high turnover on Eid:
Weavers of Pabna and Sirajganj districts, one of the biggest cloth producing zones across the country experienced heathy sales this Eid due to high demand for handloom cloths.
Stable yarn prices made the weavers hopeful, and they are hopeful about high profits this year.
About 4.5 lakh looms including handlooms and power looms are engaged in production in 10 upazilas of Pabna and Sirajganj districts. Power outages hampered the production but the weavers are still happy given that the demand for their products are high.
“Power supply was unavailable for 8 to 10 hours everyday,” said Md. Al Amin Hossain, owner of Al-Amin Weaving factory of Jalalpur village in Pabna Sadar upazila.
He operates 24 power looms in his factory targeting to produce 150 to 160 pieces of ‘lungees’ everyday, but thanks to the power outage, his output falls to 100 to 110 pieces. Despite the production fall, the good market price of the handloom cloths allowed his business to stay profitable.
18:19:30 local time INDIA
* Dyeing units leave a toxic trail:
Units from Tirupur are relocating to Attappady
A number of illegally operated dyeing and bleaching units in Tamil Nadu’s textile hub Tirupur are relocating to Attappady following a closure ordered by the Madras High Court there.
As a result, gallons of toxic effluents are being released to the east-flowing rivers Bhavani and Siruvani and their tributaries.
Apart from supporting drinking water and irrigation needs of Attappady, these rivers provide drinking water to Erode, Tirupur, and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu.
Four apparel units from Tirupur have already started dyeing fabrics at a common plant at Kottathara located between Agali and Anaikatty.
The effluents have hit the livelihood of Chembakavadakkad, Kallumukkuchodu, Kottathara, and Kalmudiyoor villages, apart from polluting water sources in the locality.
17:49:30 local time PAKISTAN
* Aptma fears bankruptcies due to energy blues:
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) has apprehended large-scale bankruptcies in case energy security and affordability issues are not addressed on a war footing.
Serious energy supply constraints have already led to forced closures of production capacities to the extent of 40 to 50 per cent, said Aptma Central Chairman Yasin Siddik here on Tuesday.
The industry would also be unable to procure cotton crop already started arriving in the market if the issues were not addressed immediately, he said while urging the government to announce the Federal Textile Policy 2014-19 to enable the industry to overcome structural imbalances.
Sustainability and growth of textile industry was being marred by energy supply constraints and liquidity crunch, limiting industrial potential to operate on full scale. As a result, the textile industry exports witnessed dismal performance during the outgoing fiscal year, closing at $13.7 billion against $13 billion exports during the corresponding period.
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* Energy supply constraints: textile industry’s growth being marred: APTMA:
Central Chairman APTMA Yasin Siddik has said that sustainability and growth of textile industry is being marred by energy supply constraints and liquidity crunch, limiting industrial potential to operate on full scale.
He said unfortunately the textile industry export has witnessed dismal performance during the outgoing fiscal year, closing at 13.7 billion dollars against 13 billion dollars export during the corresponding period.
It reflects poor performance of the textile industry, as the actual export target for the outgoing fiscal year was 16 billion dollars.
He asserted that a limited energy supply to the Punjab-based textile mills has proven a major hurdle in smooth operations and steady growth of textile industry.
* Growers hold protest against cut in cotton price:
Growers held a protest against cut in cotton buying price, burnt tyres and blocked road for four hours here on Tuesday.
According to details, protesters said that cotton ginning mill owners were purchasing cotton at Rs 2,500 rate per Maund instead of Rs 3,500, and cutting four kilograms of cotton on one Muand when weighing the commodity. They said this unfair act, affecting the growers of cotton.
They said production cost of cotton was mounting day-by-day but its price was decreasing, adding selling the cotton on current prices is causing losses to them. Growers demanded of Sindh government to fix the price of cotton on Rs 4,000 per Maund as they could get a relief.
* PTA for installation of four RO plants in tannery zone:
Chairman, Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), South Zone, Fawad Jawed, has urged Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Memon to come forward for the rescue of leather industry as it was facing acute water shortage and order installation of four Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in tannery zone.
Jawed said that the four RO Plants had already been approved and the project’s PC-I was pending with Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).
He urged the high up to save leather and leather goods’ export industry that has been threatened by the non-supply of water, the basic raw material for leather industry.
He said that the tannery zone in KIA was not getting water from KWSB for over a decade and the only source of water was from underground wells that were drying up fast.
* SACTWU update on status of clothing negotiations:
We refer to our media statement issued yesterday which, for ease of reference, is reproduced below, and provide the following update:
SACTWU has today met with the clothing employer associations.
The meeting was held at the head office of the National Bargaining Council for the
Clothing Manufacturing Industry, in Cape Town.
The union’s full national negotiating team was present.
The meeting was extremely tense but ended constructively. It started early in the morning and ended late afternoon.
The employers had earlier in the day tabled a further improved wage offer.
Regrettably, it did not constitute sufficient movement for the union to recommend settlement to our members.
The parties then explored further, and ended with a package construct which
we would be prepared to recommend as settlement to our members, provided the
employers give a firm undertaking to settle along those terms.
Regrettably, we are not at this stage able to reveal the exact figures involved, due to
the sensitivity and out of respect for the parties’ internal consultative processes and procedures.
Employers will now seek a clear and final mandate from their constituency regarding this matter. We have granted them a one week period to resolve their internal final mandating processes. A strike for us a very last resort.
In the interim, we will continue with our practical preparations for a national strike ballot, in case the employer negotiators fail to secure the recommended settlement mandate. There will be no further wage negotiating meetings with clothing employers, after today’s meeting.
We have set our final report back meetings with our members for Thursday and
Friday next week.
We will make a further announcement late afternoon next Friday.