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Germany will help Bangladesh to strengthen its textile sector

Germany will help Bangladesh for their social and economic development in the field of textiles and garments through its Non-Governmental Organization for International Cooperation, GIZ. The agency’s major concern will educate manpower of the industry, for the betterment of textile industry. They are also keen on training the textile body members to boost the research at the ordinal level and ameliorate the teaching quality. Also Read – GIZ sponsors social standards program for Pakistan textile industry A […]


Mohammadi Group: Building trust with workers to build business

It’s not every day that one comes across a person of Rubana Huq’s calibre and character. The multifaceted Managing Director of Mohammadi Group is an entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist, wife and mother, all rolled into one. Her modesty and simplicity however belie her achievements. Apart from being a successful industrialist, Rubana is also a well known figure in the literary circle of the country. Her prolific and insightful writings have earned her the coveted SAARC literary […]


Central Government of India appeals fast-track approvals for textile parks

The Centre Government of India has urged the State Governments to fast-track approvals of textile parks’ establishment in their respective states, which are projected to create around 4.5 lakh jobs with an investment of Rs. 30,000 crore. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Textiles said, “I would like to point out that there are difficulties in getting environmental clearances in several states. I would urge the State Governments to show […]


Chinese textile firms expanding overseas

Textile firms of China are expanding overseas and Vietnam is becoming the favourite destination to set up new facilities for textile manufacturers of China. The reasons behind the shift are increase production and labour costs in the country. Another reason is that the apparels produced in the Southeast Asian country for the United States market will be tariff-free post the last month’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Also Read – TPP may affect India’s export business worth US […]


EHB, BSR join hands for welfare of garment factory workers

Labour welfare is something need of the hour in apparel industry of Bangladesh. To undertake collaborative efforts to increase women’s health awareness and access to health services especially in the apparel sector, Engender Health Bangladesh (EHB) and HERproject of the BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The initiative has been taken to enhance access to improved family planning and reproductive health information and services for women working at apparel manufacturing […]


Drop in textiles export affects employment generation in textiles industry

Facing pressures due to various reasons like global economic slowdown and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which India is not a part, the Indian textile and apparel industry is facing a lot of heat, due to which it is cutting down on the number of jobs. Job creation by the apparel and textile industry dropped by 70 per cent approximately in the quarter that ended in March 2015, as compared to December 2014 quarter, according […]


Workers at Arvind mills resume work unconditionally

The workers at Santej manufacturing unit of Arvind Ltd., who went on strike on October 22, 2015 demanding higher wages and bonus called off the strike on October 25, 2015 unconditionally. The plant which manufactures mainly woven fabrics (132 million meters), knits fabrics (10,000 tons), and denim (20 million meters capacity) started operating normally from Sunday morning. The wages were settled in 2012 by all the textile mills based in Ahmedabad with representative trade unions, […]

October 26, 2015


Arvind’s 7,000 workers go on strike

A large section of Arvind Ltd.’s workforce has gone on strike in Ahmedabad, a leading daily reports. Amar Barot, a leader of Majoor Mahajan Sangh, Ahmedabad Textile Labour Union Association averred, “About 7,000 workers have boycotted work since the second shift on Thursday demanding wage revision, bonus and insurance.” The strike has affected operations at Arvind’s Santej plant that manufactures knits, wovens, denims and advanced materials. Arvind Ltd. said, “The agitation by a section of […]

October 24, 2015


Brands come together to improve labour conditions

Social and Labour Convergence Project, an initiative to improve working conditions in apparel manufacturing across the world is being launched by Nike, H&M, and Adidas, industry groups and civil society. The stake holders believes that by this step it will be able to significantly reduce the amount of money that it spends on duplicated auditing and invest the money saved in improving social welfare of millions of people employed in apparel manufacturing around the world. […]


Harassment of girls working in the spinning mill in Tirupur!

An operation carried out by officials and police, led by Revenue Division Officer (RDO) of Dharapuram G. Saravanamurthy rescued 23 girls aged between 11 and 18 years from a spinning mill at Olapalayam village near Kangayam, Tirupur. One of the girls called the RDO of Erode and complained about harassment and ill treatment meted out to girls working in the mill. The Erode RDO shared the information with Tirupur District Collector G. Govindaraj and formed […]

September 23, 2015


160 Bangladeshi labour inspectors to be trained by February 2016

A programme, developed by the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) and the Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM), with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO), has enrolled 160 Bangladeshi labour inspectors. The 40-day long course addresses issues related to labour market-related policies and programmes, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), international labour standards, Bangladesh labour laws, Bangladesh and global economy, Government service rules, procedures, team work and office management. The training […]

August 18, 2015


100 BMTC buses for women working in garment factories

The Karnataka State Government has claimed that it is taking steps to provide dedicated transport service for women working in garment factories in various cities and towns. The launch of the service has been deferred owing to enforcement of the model code of conduct for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections in the city. Similar services were earlier provided for garment factory staff in Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan and Mangaluru cities. Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said […]


700 migrant garment workers protest in Thailand

Award wages, lunch breaks and reasonable overtime hours are the main demands of the workers for which about 700 migrant workers from the Garman (aka A1) garment factory in Mae Sot, Thailand staged a protest. Factory workers have been in negotiations since July 4, with the factory owners and officials but have yet to reach a settlement. They are also demanding wages to be paid regularly on the 10th of the month, not to be […]


Orient Craft face heat of worker’s violence

Once again in Gurgaon, apparel manufcaturing industry face the heat of worker unrest and this time in the Sector 37 – based factory of Orient Craft when workers turned violent after rumours of a worker’s death, leading to arson and rioting which left a few workers injured. Workers vandalised four units, setting a dozen cars and motorbikes on fire and smashing window panes. All this happened after rumours spread among factory workers that a fellow […]


8,000 children working in Delhi garment factories

The report of Save the Children, NGO titled ‘The Hidden Workforce’ highlight the decreasing priority of education among families and children working in the garment industry – as none of the children working in household units attend school regularly despite being enrolled. There are more than 8,000 children engaged in the in Delhi garment factories and up to 70 per cent of them could be girls. After publishing the report, Delhi’s Minister for Women and […]

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