Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

15th February 2015

Alleged Indonesian Adidas supplier closes, disappears overnight

PT Yee Woo, in Indonesia's Tunas Industrial Zone, Batam, Riau Islands province, has reportedly discontinued operations and abandoned 305 of its employees who had been waiting for outstanding pay since...

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15th July 2014

End of Ramadan poses threat to “506” Bangladesh garment factories

Bangladesh's industrial police were reported to have predicted on July 11  that labour unrest might break out at 506 garment factories that looked unlikely to pay outstanding wages and holiday...

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7th July 2014

China’s increasing “strikes” indicate something quite different from what the West’s used to

Reports of growing strikes in China are generally confused misunderstandings of a rise in something quite different. The China Labour Bulletin (CLB) has been quoted as saying on July 4...

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6th July 2014

China strikes in April-June “up 49% on 2013” aren’t quite what they seem

The China Labour Bulletin (CLB) is quoted as saying on July 4 that strikes in the second quarter of 2014 were 49% up on 2013. But in this industry, almost...

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24th October 2013

“Living Wage” campaign fails three crucial tests

The assumptions behind the Living Wage Action Week meet all the requirements activists have for an issue worth campaigning on. But the campaign fails on the crucial test for for...

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10th May 2013

Indonesian textile workers reach agreement with Adidas

Adidas announced an agreement, without specifying details, on April 24 that might stop a running dispute over treatment of with a group of Indonesian factory workers after their employer absconded....

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26th April 2013

Indonesian textile workers reach agreement with Adidas

Adidas announced an agreement, without specifying details, on April 24 that might stop a running dispute over treatment of with a group of Indonesian factory workers after their employer absconded....

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27th February 2013

Garment factory Abscondment: was February the month of miracle remedies?

I can’t remember a time when so much has been done to combat the curse of garment factories going out of business, leaving debts to its workers. But not all...

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26th February 2013

What causes a garment factory to go out of business?

The range of explanations for the collapse of Joe’s Fashion in Pakistan and Sri Lanka – so far causing at least 7,000 reported job losses – is a lesson in...

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20th February 2013

Call for Cambodian social insurance as Kingsland workers protest after Yung Wah arrears paid off

The contrast between the treatments of Cambodian garment workers at the abandoned Kingsland factory and at Yung Wah Industrial has led to calls for a proper system of workers' insurance....

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12th February 2013

China cracks down on unpaid wages, contract labour and abscondance

China announced in early January tougher restrictions on the use of contract workers to avoid minimum wage, social benefit and redundancy regulations, which may push wages up far faster than...

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15th January 2013

Campaigns find three new issues to target retailers over

Western activists have launched campaigns in the West over supplier bankruptcy, the Asia Floor Wage and Uzbek cotton Rutgers University fires Adidas over Kizone compensation dispute Georgetown University became the...

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