Garment Worker News 28 September 2014


Garment workers, Philippines(English)

SWAZILAND. Sick Tex Ray employee chooses work over life. Swazi Observer (27 September 2014) by Sandile Nkambule. In a quest to save her job, the employee who has still not recovered, had no choice but to get into the factory and resume work.

NIGERIA. Workers Hail Textiles Revival Efforts. All Africa (26 September 2014)  by Dickson Salami Adama.Workers of closed textile companies in Kaduna State have expressed delight with efforts being made to revive shut textile companies by some stakeholders.

SWEDEN & BANGLADESH. Swedish firms ‘violate’ factory kids’ rights. The Local (26 September 2014). Children of Bangladeshi factory workers for Ikea, Lindex, Gina Tricot and more than a dozen other Swedish companies are being neglected, according to a report by business watchdog Swedwatch.

CAMBODIA. Why Cambodian Garment Workers Are on Strike Again. The Diplomat (25 September 2014) by Mong Palatino. After launching a strike last December, Cambodia’s garment workers have once again taken to the streets demanding a monthly minimum wage of $177.  

NIGERIA. Stakeholders Seek Protectionist Policy for Textile Industry. All Africa (25 September 2014) via The Guardian. As crisis in Nigeria’s textile sector persists, stakeholders in the sector have called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of foreign fabrics to help revive dormant factories.

BANGLADESH. 15000 factories running below capacity. Prothom Alo (25 September 2014) by Jahangir Shah. Kutubuddin Ahmed, former president of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and head of Envoy Group, tells Prothom Alo that production is hampered by political unrest and the crisis of gas, electricity and fuel.

TUNISIA. Tunisia textile sector holds promise. Zawya (24 September 2014). Tunisia’s wage-intensive textile industry deserves special focus as part of government efforts to revive the economy as the North African state transitions to democracy following the 2011 uprising.

CAMBODIA. Zara, 7 Other Brands Pledge To Pay More So Cambodian Garment Workers Can Get A Higher Wage. Think Progress (24 September 2014) by Bryce Covert. The corporate support comes after at least 1,000 garment workers staged rallies in the capital last week to reinvigorate the movement for a higher minimum wage.  

GLOBAL. H&M and ILO collaborate to develop a more sustainable garment industry. The Guardian (24 September 2014). The agreement is the first of its kind and will include joint work on industrial relations, wages, training and skills development as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ organisations.

SWAZILAND. Tex Ray closure imminent. The Observer (23 September 2014) by Thembeka Dlamini. Highly placed sources within the company confirmed the eminent closure, further attributing it to the country losing the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits.  

NICARAGUA & USA. Op-Ed: Renewing Nicaragua TPL Is Not Just a Game. SJ Sourcing Journal (22 September 2014) by  2014 by Steve Lamar. Known as the Nicaragua Tariff Preference Level (TPL), this valuable program allows a limited number of Nicaraguan-made garments to enter the United States duty free without regard to the source of the fabrics.

PAKISTAN. Punjab rejects 10-hour load shedding for industries. Daily Times (20 September 2914). APTMA spokesman Aneesul Haq said the government has lost its credibility in the industrial sector of Punjab during last four months.

AUSTRALIA. Outworker outrage: Designers pay textile workers as little as $1.50 p/hr. The Herald Sun (19 September 2014) by Tom Minear. Melbourne garment makers are working more than 50 hours a week for as little as $1.50 an hour sewing clothes at home for local fashion designers.

ZIMBABWE. Rivalry fierce, says Edgars Zimbabwe. IOL Business (18 September 2014) by Tawanda Karombo. Edgars Zimbabwe’s interim profit had declined by 9.7 percent, hit by the country’s increasingly informalised economy, the clothing firm said yesterday.

INDIA. Anglo French Textiles may vroom with vigour again. The Hindu (18 September 2014) by R. Sivaraman. Chief Minister N.Rangasamy on Wednesday said the government would make all efforts to revive all units of Anglo-French Textile Mills Limited after getting sufficient assistance from the Union government.

CAMBODIA. Cambodia deploys troops as garment workers renew wage campaign. Daily Mail (17 September 2014) via Reuters by Prak Chan Thul. About 500 textile workers rallied in an industrial suburb of Phnom Penh, demanding a sharp hike in the monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, as dozens of soldiers armed with assault rifles watched.

VIETNAM. Vietnam’s Vinatex to sell stake to 2 property firms ahead of IPO. Thanhnien News (16 September 2014). Vietnam’s top textiles and garment maker, Vinatex, has been given approval to sell a combined 24 percent stake to two domestic property firms, among them Vingroup, ahead of the state-run firm’s IPO next week.

GLOBAL. Global protest against big brands which don’t pay living wages to Cambodian garment workers. Green Left (16 September 2014) by Peter Boyle. A call for global solidarity action on September 17 follows Cambodian unions’ general strike to increase the national minimum wage in January, in which 5 workers were killed, 40 seriously injured and 25 workers arrested.

SOUTH AFRICA. Wage deal averts clothing strike. BD Live (15 September 2014) by Bekezela Phakathi. The wage agreement will see workers getting as much as 11% more, in package increases that are backdated to September 1.

CAMBODIA. Cambodia Scrapes Bottom of Economic Innovation Index. The Cambodian Daily (15 September 2014) by Zsombor Peter. Cambodia ranked at the very bottom of a new index measuring economic innovation in 22 Asian countries, dragged down by its uneducated workforce, uncertain political situation and endemic corruption.

PAKISTAN. September 11, 2012 – when workers were forced to be burnt alive. Asian Human Rights Commision (15 September 2014) by Nasir Mansoor. Two years ago on 11th September  2012 a third degree fire broke out at the Ali Enterprises, garment factory in the industrial area of Karachi, where  259 workers perished – burnt alive.



CHINA. Una estrella “Made in China”. Espectador (26 de Septiembre del 2014). Detrás del uniforme con las cuatro estrellas del campeón mundial de fútbol se esconden miles de costureros en China trabajando en condiciones criticadas en Alemania por organizaciones sociales y voceros del gobierno.

BOLIVIA. La Justicia interviene la textilera Punto Blanco. EJU.TV (25 de Septiembre de 2014). El Juzgado 1° de Trabajo intervino ayer la empresa Textiles Punto Blanco y posesionó a Luis Espejo como el interventor a fin de reactivar las actividades productivas de la firma.

VENEZUELA. Controles paralizaron la empresa textil más grande de Aragua. Diario El Carabobeño (24 de Septiembre de 2014) por Luis Alejandro Borrero. José Pedrá, sindicalista, detalló que una opción es abandonar los puestos de trabajo por dos meses, hasta que llegue la materia prima.

ARGENTINA. Los trabajadores de Navegante continuarán en sus puestos de trabajo. ANSL (23 de Septiembre de 2014). El jefe del Programa relaciones laborales, Alberto Lindow, afirmó que en la audiencia de hoy se acordó que los despidos que se produjeron tiempo atrás, quedarán sin efecto.

ESPAÑA. Dónde comprar ‘ropa limpia’ en Valencia. Valencia Plaza(23 de Septiembre de 2014) por Eugenio Vinas. Esta barrera ha provocado que las diferentes iniciativas de ‘Ropa limpia’ estén cada vez más volcadas en la reutilización de textiles, la confección de productos costumizados y la autoproducción.

CAMBOYA. Acuerdo sin precedentes en la industria de la moda low cost para mejorar sueldos en Camboya. Trendencias (23 de Septiembre de 2014). Inditex, H&M, Primark, C&A, New Look, Next, Tchibo y N Brown Group se han unido para buscar una mejora a la situación de las fábricas en Camboya.

ESPAÑA. Inditex inaugura en Llagostera una tienda de integración laboral. La información (23 de Septiembre de 2014). La compañía Inditex ha inaugurado hoy en Llagostera una nueva tienda, en este caso de la firma Massimo Dutti, integrada en su programa de integración laboral ‘for&from’, que incorpora como trabajadores a personas con algún tipo de discapacidad física o intelectual.

ARGENTINA. Allanaron talleres textiles clandestinos y liberaron a 28 trabajadores esclavos. BA Noticias (22 de Septiembre de 2014). Un total de 28 personas, tres de ellas extranjeras, fueron liberadas en las últimas horas luego de que efectivos de la Policía allanaran seis talleres textiles clandestinos en la localidad de Llavallol, partido de Lomas de Zamora.

CAMBOYA. Camboya despliega sus tropas ante las protestas de los trabajadores textiles. Europa Press (17 de Septiembre de 2014). Camboya ha desplegado este miércoles a las tropas en la capital ante las protestas de los trabajadores del textil para retomar la campaña por unos salarios más elevados.

GLOBAL. Estrenan serie sobre la industria textil en Camboya: Sweatshop, moda barata de la muerte. El Ciudadano (16 de Septiembre de 2014). Aftenposten TV presenta la versión en español de Sweatshop, una miniserie noruega de cinco episodios que nos adentra en la industria textil en Camboya, producida por Lopta AS, en colaboración con Hacienda Film AS.

ESPAÑA. Tomás Villanueva apuesta por la recuperación de las empresas textiles. Diario de Burgos (15 de Septiembre de 2014) por L. Sierra. El responsable de la Junta ha recordado la “experiencia y el talento” del que disponen muchas personas que durante décadas han trabajado en el sector textil y a quienes anima a relanzar el mismo de la mano de la ayuda de las administraciones.



BRASIL. Produção têxtil em SC cai 1,5% no 1º semestre. Economia SC (25 de Setembro de 2014). Segundo maior produtor têxtil e de confecção brasileiro, Santa Catarina sofre com a queda na produção no setor.

PORTUGAL. Textil e vestuario fixa objectivoa de vendas de 6,5 mil milhoes ate 2010. Economico (24 de Setembro de 2014) por Sonia Santos Pereira. O grande objectivo do plano estrategico 2014-2020, hoje apresentado, e aumentar vendas e exportacoes.

GLOBAL. Trabalhadores da indústria têxtil no Camboja pressionam H&M, Walmart e Zara por um salário digno. Global Voices em Portugues (23 de Setembro de 2014). Após lançar uma greve nacional em dezembro passado, os trabalhadores de confecção do Camboja voltaram às ruas exigindo um salário minimo mensal de 177 dólares americanos.

PORTUGAL. Esta empresa já subiu o salário mínimo para 505 euros. TVI24 (22 de Setembro de 2014). Segundo o diretor, aquela atualização beneficiou cerca de 400 trabalhadores, implicando um aumento de 200 mil euros na massa salarial anual.

BRASIL. Fábrica têxtil de Ascurra é vendida por R$4 milhões em leilão. G1 (16 de Setembro de 2014). O trâmite foi definido durante leilão que tinha como objetivo também comercializar a planta fabril de Blumenau e a marca, mas apenas uma das unidades foi vendida.

BRASIL. Trabalhadores das indústrias têxteis rejeitam proposta de reajuste em Blumenau. Jornal de Santa Catarina (15 de Setembro de 2014). Sintrafite não aceitou reajuste oferecido de R$ 952,20 iniciais e R$1.042,80 após efetivação e nova rodada deve ser realizada em breve.



ALGÉRIE. L’avant-projet de code du travail algérien fortement contesté. Econostrum (24 Septembre 2014) par A. Belkessam. L’avant-projet de code du travail constitue une remise en cause sans précédent depuis l’indépendance des droits et acquis sociaux et syndicaux du monde du travail algérien.

ALGÉRIE et MAROC. Industrie textile : Déprime en Algérie, vigueur au Maroc. Mahgreb Emergent (23 septembre 2014) par Boualem Alami. L’aveu vient du SG de la fédération nationale des textiles et cuir : l’industrie du textile fait du surplace en Algérie.

CAMBODGE. Des grandes marques s’engagent à augmenter le salaire minimum. Courrier International (23 Septembre 2014). Plusieurs marques de textile annoncent soutenir une augmentation salariale dans les usines cambodgiennes, et se disent prêtes à payer plus cher les produits manufacturés.

GLOBAL. H&M s’engage pour un salaire digne dans les usines textiles! June News (18 Septembre 2014). Ce 17 septembre, les ouvrières et ouvriers cambodgiens du textile se sont mobilisés pour exiger qu’H&M se prononce en faveur de cette hausse du salaire minimum.

MAURICE. Pourquoi Maurice mise sur le haut de gamme. Jeune Afrique (16 Septembre 2014) par Olivier Caslin. Parallèlement, les autorités et les industriels se sont attachés à redéployer le secteur textile (principalement concentré dans la zone franche de Coromandel, près de Port Louis) en le mettant au service des grandes marques internationales.