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Labour report highlights extreme reaction of police to garment workers’ protest in Bangalore

A year after the painful protest by Bangalore’s garment workers against the decision of the Central Government to prevent them from withdrawing employers’ contribution from Provident Fund, a report by social activists has made several claims about police excesses on the workers, a majority of them being women workers. People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Bangalore (PUCL) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), brought out a 127 pages long joint report titled […]

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New Governments in Punjab and UP: High hopes for the industry, but…

Punjab and Uttar Pradesh (UP), two of the biggest textile/garmenting hubs in India, recently formed new State Governments. Both the Governments have since started working aggressively on the industry’s front including textiles. Punjab is in the process to form new textile policy and its officials have also started conducting meetings with the industry representatives. In UP, Minister of State Suresh Rana met Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and requested her to initiate the process to […]

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GIGT (India) seeks industry support to train youth for tomorrow

India-based Government Institute of Garment Technology (GIGT) is looking for assistance from the garment industry to provide polished training to the students for their better future and make them more worthy for the industry. While underlining that modern machines in the garment and textile industry are being imported at unit cost of nearly Rs. 2 crore, Jatinder Singh, Principal, GIGT, highlighted, “Once the construction work is done at the Hall Gate, I will request the […]

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Industry feelers @ GTE’17: Industry is sceptical…, But determined to move forward

Analysing the mood of the industry, it seems that positivism is missing and players are waiting for greater clarity on global situation before taking any decision about the way forward. Yet, technology providers are confident and investments are happening. Despite the mixed state of mind, garment manufacturers across the country – both exporters as well as domestic, small as well as top manufacturers – are moving forward with some expansions, productivity improvement and cost cutting. […]

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Exporters supporting their workers to cope up with demonetization

As every Indian learns to live without cash, post-demonetization, the struggle is mostly for everyday utilities where the use of plastic money, as it is commonly referred to, is still alien. In this scenario, the Indian garment industry which feeds a huge worker base is coming forward in various ways to support these workers for their everyday needs. Be it cash withdrawal, currency exchange or necessary arrangement to buy grocery, Indian apparel exporters are helping […]

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Bangalore: This is what your women workers need!

Most of us must be having Aadhar cards and Ration cards, and may be fully satisfied by the nutrition, health and education levels provided – being among our top priorities – but alas, these very important ‘life essentials’ are the missing elements for women workers in various garment factories of Bangalore. Surprisingly, a big chunk of these women workers do not have these basic necessities including a national identity (both Aadhar and Ration cards) and […]

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Xcel Stiro’s PERC dry-cleaning machine getting good response from industry

Perchloroethylene (PERC) is the most commonly used dry-cleaning solvent in the garment industry to clean delicate fabrics and eliminate intensive hand washing of garments, however it has been allegedly claimed to be ‘carcinogenic’. While it is banned in many developed countries like USA, the PERC dry-cleaning machinery manufacturers for the export- intensive garment industry are facing no drop in demand as of now and don’t expect to face any real challenge any time soon as […]

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TEA president aims to build one lakh houses for workers

Raja M. Shanmugham, President TEA, recently held various meetings with all the stakeholder associations, local administration and trade union to chalk out strategies to achieve the vision of Rs. 1 lakh crore business from Tirupur  by 2020. Shanmugham said that setting up of Knitwear Board, research lab and  design studio in Tirupur, were the immediate requirements needed to escalate business. He further added that the issue of accommodation of the workers will be addressed with […]

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Staflex Interlinings innovates amidst challenging market conditions

As a leader in the field of innovation and production of a variety of interlinings, Staflex Interlinings, a Japanese company with manufacturing in Singapore is the first company to manufacture fusible interlinings and still continues to bring in revolutionary innovations in this field. Talking exclusively with Apparel Online, Dayananda C.K., MD of Textilines, Bangalore, exclusive representatives of Staflex in India, shares the journey of the company and its fresh initiative to capture a larger share […]

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AIDER NGO: Pro-industry with the vision of overall welfare of workers

In the past year, NGOs related to the textile and garment industry have been attacking the industry on several fronts without actually adding any value to a worker’s life… In this scenario, it is hard to find NGOs having ʻpositiveʼ attitude towards the industry and working on the ground level to improve the life of workers and their families too. AIDER (All India Development for Education and Rehabilitation) is one such NGO which is active […]

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The Logo Revival!

Logomania hit its peak earlier in the millennium when designers started putting their brand names all over their clothes. And now the slogans and logos are enhancing T-shirts as the most comfortable yet powerful fashion statement without uttering a word. This Spring, designers resurrected the big, bold brand logos. While minimalism has been ruling the runways for several seasons now, logos on the entire length of the garment and the prominent block lettering of labels […]

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‘No Child Labour; No Discrimination’ in Indian Apparel Industry: FWF

Finally comes a report by an NGO that projects positivity for the Indian apparel industry. Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) India Country Study 2016, in a detailed 56 pages report, states that there is no child labour in the country’s garment industry today, a stark difference from the situation that was alarming in year 2000. Similarly, the report also gives thumbs up to fair practices claiming that there is no discrimination either on religion or caste, […]

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Welfare schemes not reaching out to women garment workers: Report

A community-centred baseline study – “Extent and quality of access of marginalised women to key welfare schemes, programmes and entitlements” claims that a large number of women operators in the apparel sector in Bangalore (India) do not even know how to apply or access schemes. Conducted by the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) and Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, the study covered 600 women in eight settlements within the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. […]

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Review: F&A Show, Delhi

Celebrating 14 years of providing sourcing options in fabric and accessories to the Indian garment industry, the F&A show launched its Delhi edition with a very successful fair organised at Pragati Maidan – the central location for trade shows in the Capital. Held concurrently with Yarnex, the trade show dedicated to yarn manufacturers and suppliers, jointly saw over 80 companies from around the country display their latest developments and hot sellers. What really stood out […]

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Tamil Nadu HC orders 30% wage hike for garment workers

The Madras High Court has ordered a pay rise of up to 30% for apparel workers in Tamil Nadu. Though it is being cited as the first minimum wage hike in more than 12 years, apparel manufacturers are against the decision claiming that it is ‘practically impossible’ to pay the new wage as it will result in huge financial burden, as pay packages will rise from a monthly average of Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 6,500 […]

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