27th March 2017
EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights
The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights. The European Commission's Directorates General...
3rd June 2015
Indian government faces growing opposition on its two major apparel-related policies
Two key Indian government projects for rapid growth in India's textile manufacture and apparel exports are threatened by mounting opposition, both in the country's Parliament and in threatened mass action. India's...
17th January 2015
“Bangladesh has a lot to do before we can even consider restoring GSP”: US Government
Bangladesh's garment industry must make further progress in a number of areas, including "serious worker rights issues", factory inspections and ending worker harassment, before the US can consider reinstatement of...
3rd July 2014
Now US Congressmen join Western buyers in attack on Bangladesh government and factory owners
In unprecedentedly undiplomatic language. the major Western garment buyers publicly accused the Bangladesh government on June 30 of making "a threat to the rights and safety of trade union activists,...
31st October 2013
US ratchets up pressure on Guatemala over labour rights – a bit
The US has responded cautiously to what it sees as Guatemala's footdragging over labour rights. In a statement on October 28, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman threatened to reactivate an arbitration...
31st October 2013
Bangladesh to allow unions in Export Processing Zones “from January”
A Bangladesh newspaper has reported that unions will be allowed to operate fully in Export Processing Zones from January. Workers inside the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) will also be able...
4th October 2013
China Labour Bulletin reports September growth in cutback-related textile/garment strikes
The China Labour Bulletin reported three major strikes in the Chinese textile/garment industry during September 2013. All were provoked by dissatisfaction over cutbacks in a plant - Substantial numbers of...
18th June 2013
Controversy continues over Bangladesh union rights
The Bangladesh government faced fierce opposition to its draft amendments to the country’s labour laws placed before the country’s Parliament on June 5. On June 16 members of the government...