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US 2014 onshoring grows faster than imports. But garment making jobs down on both sides of the Atlantic
US apparel production grew 2.99% in the first nine months of 2014 over 2013, while apparel imports grew 2.8%. Production in the EU’s richest 15 countries fell 1.8%, while imports grew 14.7%. But garment making jobs in both the US and EU fell over the same period.
India, Vietnam and Bangladesh seem to give more and more evidence of slower world clothing exports.
Most Cambodian unions admitted by mid November that their members were not prepared to support calls for strikes or demonstrations against a 28% rise in minimum wage announced on November 12.
“Some investors are worrying the [garment] industry has reached saturation in Bangladesh, which is also prone to man-made and natural disasters,” says the Myanmar Times. Talk about pots calling kettles black.
For most of the past year, industrial relations in the Cambodian garment business have been conducted with more than a touch of hysteria. So it’s been astonishing to compare the tone from foreign labour activists with the measured response of Cambodian workers and bosses to their government’s minimum wage decision.
Textile discharge detoxification: Have China and Greenpeace created a tipping point – or does Rajasthan indicate a race to the bottom?
Detox: China and Greenpeace may have created a tipping point in textile discharge detoxification