Garments and textiles

Factory workers protest over rates cut in Mandalay Region

Workers at the Kan Kaung Chin Yadanar wood products factory in Mandalay Region staged a sit-in yesterday over what they described as unfair labour practices by the management. About 60 piece job wage workers who took part in the protest are demanding piece job rates ...

Top brands boycott garment summit

Leading fashion brands including H&M and Zara will boycott a key industry conference in Bangladesh in support of garment workers who have been sacked, hunted or jailed for participating in wage strikes, the companies said on February 22. H&M, C&A, Tchibo and Inditex which owns ...

Ministry working on labor laws

The draft law on the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers will be completed and approved this year, according to Labor Minister Ith Samheng. The ministry is also working on another draft law concerning labor dispute resolution, he told the ministry’s annual congress on ...

Government floats new pay scheme

Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng on February 15 fingered large end-of-contract severance payments as a prime reason owners flee when their factories go bankrupt, suggesting the introduction of a yearly bonus scheme and fortnightly salaries would “reduce the risk” of garment workers being left ...

Factory workers in limbo

More than 400 workers from the Chun Chao garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district protested in front of their factory on February 13 after discovering the owner had fled the country without paying workers their January wages. A garment worker who only identified herself ...

Myanmar garment workers’ rights abuse critical, says report

Myanmar garment workers’ rights have now reached critical levels under criteria set by international labour laws, a director of the Labour Rights Defenders and Promoters Daw Ei Shwe Zin Nyunt said on February 7. Her comments came as ‘The Myanmar Dilemma Report” on the condition ...

Garment firms focus on social responsibility

Unions are welcome, and could help garment factories improve their corporate social responsibility functions, a leading manufacturer has said. U Aung Myo Hein, central executive committee member of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers’ Association, told The Myanmar Times that many factories in Myanmar had missed out on ...

Apparel factory closures debated

Questions have been raised about the health of Cambodia’s $6 billion garment sector after local media reported that over 140 garment factories shut down operations last year. Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour, the source of the figure cited in local media, stood by the ...

Textile exports to hit $28.5b

Việt Nam’s textile and garment exports this year are estimated to reach US$28.5 billion, meeting roughly 92 per cent of the set plan due to market difficulties, the Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) reports. Việt Nam’s textile and garment exports this year are ...

VN firms invest in textile, dyeing

Many textile and garment enterprises are investing in textile and dyeing complexes to ensure material for sustainable development, Vietnam Television reported recently. To avail themselves of business opportunities from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, many textile and garment firms have over the past two years started building textile ...

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