Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

21st February 2015

Thai employers expect garment and textile labour shortage

Udom Wongviwatchai, director of the Thai Office of Industrial Economics  forecast on February 19 that Thailand would need to import more than 1 million migrant workers over the next few...

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1st February 2015

In Xinjiang, containing disorder might risk creating even more.

China sees Xinjiang as a political problem and a commercial opportunity, especially for its textile and clothing industry. It may be messing both up. Developing China’s far Western (and largest...

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17th April 2014

Second attempt at major Cambodian garment strike fizzles out

For the second time in five weeks, a nationwide strike planned by eight Cambodian garment unions has failed to attract significant worker support. One official at the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel...

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19th November 2013

Laos: claims that breaches of minimum wage laws are causing labour shortage

Laotian garment makers are world leaders in finding reasons to explain their industry's inability to increase its share of the world market Most often, the complaints have been about shortage...

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30th October 2013

SGS garment worker abuse discoveries in France follow Italian sweatshop revelations

Audit company SGS revealed serious human rights breaches in sweatshops around Paris on October 24, reminiscent of similar discoveries in Italy two months earlier. Both still involve recently arrived Chinese...

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25th June 2013

Garment workers unrest lends credibility to manufacturer paranoia

Bangladesh’s garment exporters and trade bodies expressed deep concern on June 13 over continuing labour unrest, as worries about deliberate agitation grew. A paper by Bangladesh’s Shipping Minster, leaked to...

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25th June 2013

Labour shortage still hitting Bangladesh production

The Exporters Association of Bangladesh (EAB) claimed on June 22 that the country’s garment industry was still seriously short of workers, and that production costs were being inflated by serious...

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25th June 2013

Labour brokers emerge in Bangladesh garment industry

A Bangladesh newspaper claimed on June 13 that labour brokers now account for 20% of the country’s apparel employment. In fact, the newly emerged service seems to account for about...

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18th June 2013

Labour brokers emerge in Bangladesh garment industry

A Bangladesh newspaper claimed on June 13 that labour brokers now account for 20% of the country’s apparel employment. In fact, the newly emerged service seems to account for about...

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5th June 2013

Sri Lankan garment industry divided over labour shortage

Sri Lanka’s main apparel industry association has proposed widely different solutions to their labour shortages. "The Apparel Exporters' Association, through the garment industry umbrella body, Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF),...

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5th June 2013

Laos Garment industry faces labour shortage

The Lao garment industry is currently badly short of workers, with 10,000 needed to be added to the current 30,000 just to man factories currently operating, claimed Onesy Boutsivongsack, President...

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15th January 2013

Labour shortage getting worse in Cambodia’s garment industry

Cambodia's garment factories are facing a shortage of workers because of migration, more job opportunities in different sectors and poor labour conditions, the factories' trade association and the United Nation's...

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