11th November 2020
UK government still hasn’t produced a lorry drivers’ guide
We all think clothing production is about going where there are most workers.
It’s amazing how often the workers go to where the clothes are. A few stories from the February 2008 edition of The Source:
– The number of Bangladeshis moving abroad to work – a very large proportion destined for the apparel and textile industries – more than doubled in 2007 over 2006: from 381,000 to 832,000. And the number doubled again in the first two months of 2008, with 159,000 more people going.
– Riots in Jordan as Vietnamese workers protest over the living conditions in the factories they’ve been recruited for.
– Over half the garment industry workers in Mauritius are now temporary immigrants
– Sri Lanka’s apparel factories investing $250,000 in a recruitment campaign to plug widespread gaps in their labour force.
All this at a time no-one’s still sure how many workers in Vietnam and China actually came back to their factories in China and Vietnam after the lunar new year holiday – and how many found new jobs nearer their homes. And just a few weeks after some parts of Shanghai were reporting fourteen vacant sewing jobs for every applicant.
In much of the world, the old days of putting a factory down and finding a thousand-strong queue asking for jobs have long gone. These days, it’s not just getting the right workers: it’s finding any workers at all, and possibly having to fly them halfway round the world.
Just another part of the huge surge in inflationary pressures the industry’s been hitting