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For the second time in fifteen months, claims have emerged that the South Korean embassy in an underdeveloped SE Asian country called for then police intervention in a garment strike that led to extreme police violence. This time, though, the claims appear to have come from the South Korean embassy in Burma.
US announces $150 mn public-private textile investment competition – as US textile and apparel jobs continue their decline.
The US Department of Defense launched on March 18 a competition to form a new manufacturing hub focused on revolutionary fibre and textile technologies. The $75 million federal investment will be matched by more than $75 million of private sector resources.
Bangladesh inspection updates: “black hole” of uninspected factories – but improved prospects for factory income
March Bangladesh Accord and Alliance progress summaries report some encouraging innovations about improving factory income. But local reports have uncovered a disturbing “black hole” in the country’s inspection programme.
Wage fraud suddenly seems rampant in the UK apparel industry. Or is it?
In this week’s Sourcing Journal Online Op-Ed, I’ve looked at the contrast between US attitudes to foreign trade infrastructure (“If we must, fine. As long as it doesn’t cost”) and China’s (“the more preposterously overengineered, the better”) That contrast explains today’s lead story.