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  • Korea’s Sae-A now employs 10,000 in Haiti

    Sae-A, the Korea-headquartered global rival to China’s Dishang Group as the world’s largest independent apparel exporter, revealed in a press release about its philanthropy that it now has 10,000 employees in Haiti, where it first opened in 2012.

  • Better Factories Cambodia releases 2015 “Baseline research”

    Better Factories Cambodia released a report on February 22 summarising research carried out during 2015 among 50 managers and 1,500 workers in 73 Cambodian apparel factories.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • Haiti increases minimum wage

    Haiti’s President Michel Martelly announced a 6.7% rise in minimum wages for the country’s garment workers on May 1.

  • Haiti’s incomprehensibly slow garment export growth

    On the fifth anniversary of its January 12, 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s garment industry has seen surprisingly little growth in spite of ambitious plans announced in its immediate aftermath. Explanations vary – but all share deep concern about how plans were executed.

  • Gildan dragged into another Haiti “union victimisation” scandal

    Gildan owns garment assembly plants in the Dominican Republic, but uses third-party suppliers in Haiti. Though it is usually just one of several clients at the Haitian plants, it is consistently the client cited whenever a dispute occurs.

  • US September import growth highest for over a year – possibly through port congestion fears.

    America’s apparel imports in September – maybe distorted by worries about congestion and labour troubles in US ports – showed their fastest year on year growth for over a year, as China’s share jumped to 51% – its highest-ever monthly level. Bangladesh had the fastest decline on September 2012.

  • US sort of increases Haiti tariff quota

    The US announced a near-tripling of its Haiti tariff rate quota  for the year to September 30, 2014 – on October 21, three weeks after the cut-off date.

  • Haiti labour riots in garment industry

    Caracol Industrial Park in the North forced to close most of May 5-7 workers protest over the lack of a road.  Sporadic protests at the CODEVI park in Ouanaminthe over inadequate power supply, water and road repairs in the area. “Police brutality” claims during Mayday riots over minimum wage offer

  • Haitian government agrees new garment industry minimum wage

    12.5% increase with effect from May 1 to $5.11 per day. Inflation in 2013 was 3.2%: unions wanted $10.97.

  • Activists turn heat on Gildan over Haitian minimum wage

    Claims that, in spite of November promise to ensure minimums are paid, no action yet

  • Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

    Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.

  • Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

    Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.

  • Commentaries on Haiti four years after 2010 earthquake

    All agree on one thing: things aren’t getting much better

  • Haitians disenchanted with garment industry results

    Among America’s top 25 apparel supplying countries, Haiti’s 14.6 growth in apparel exports to the US  was the third fastest in 2013, and its garment workers earn the highest wages of any Least Developed Country selling clothes to the  US. Yet at the end of the year, the industry remained tense as unions pressed for a 180% pay rise – while activists complained both that union organisers were being victimised and  how few garment jobs have been created since the  earthquake four years ago on January 12, 2010, and the country’s President announced elections would be held during 2014