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The US Supreme Court agreed 5-4 on June 21 that internet sales must include local taxes.
We get stories of angry workers daily. Stories of local police collaborating with Economic Zone management to fire officials of legitimate unions are something quite different. Bangladesh has stopped this: why can’t the Philippines?
Mostafiz Udin, CEO of Bangladesh’s Denim Expert, confirmed his view that UK retailers cannot afford to pay Bangladeshi suppliers any more.
…and doesn’t criticise garment makers once
US restores Cambodian access to its GSP programme. The decision has no effect on Cambodia’s garment exports, but at least makes further action againsy the country less likely
“Standards of …safety have seen progress…driven by foreign initiatives. Bangladesh [has] to increase national capacity instead of depending on foreign initiatives,” said Sultan Uddin Ahmed, director of the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies on April 22. “Otherwise, the progress already made cannot be sustained.”
Buyers appraising suppliers in our industry? Most of us thought Hell would freeze over first.
Sending young Bangladeshi women to work in foreign clothing factories “safer than letting them do domestic work”
Pakistan’s Punjab province has about twice the population of the UK – and once was the cotton-growing and textile manufacturing powerhouse of South Asia.
The value of India’s clothing production fell 11% year on year in the latest month for which data is available (January 2018), while the value of its exports was static in the year to April 2017, and fell slightly in the following eight months.
In spite of obstructions from factory owners, registered unions in Bangladesh have grown fivefold since 2013, said the US-based Workers’ Solidarity Centre on April 5.
Cotton Made in Africa announced that the number of textile items made from cotton conforming to its standards grew 79% to 90 million in 2017. Around a million African smallholders produced half a million tonnes of conforming cotton during the year
Fast Retailing sales grew 17% year on year to Y1.12 trn ($11 bn) in the six months ending February, yielding $1.6 bn in pre-tax profit. Internet sales accounted for 7.5% of sales
A Bangldeshi intelligence agent is convicted for killing a clothing union activist while a Pakistani government minister parties after burning 252 clothing workers alive.