A committee of the European Parliament voted on March 21 for a proposal that “The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers”.
Growing geo-political tensions, polarisation and populism could lead to possible disruption in international trade in clothing, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) has warned.
UK media began carrying increasingly nervous stories in March about Britain’s ability to handle the flow of imports and exports after the UK leaves the EU in spring 2019.
Media which really ought to know better have taken to exaggerating the likelihood of legislation enforcing labour standards.
US critics link another broken Trump trade promise to Trump administration corruption. Possibly inaccurately
For the second time in a week, US critics have accused the Trump administration of corrupt motives for dishonouring pre-election trade promises.
On March 7, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China attacked the likelihood of “increased state intervention” in China’s ten year plan to cut imports.
Provincial authorities challenge Pakistan’s federal government Karachi Textile City closedown decision
Authorities in Pakistan’s Sindh province announced on March 3 they would challenge their federal government’s decision to abort the Pakistan Textile City project.
In the last eight months, just 1,075 garment and textile workers have been enrolled in India’s social security programmes. When India’s Rs 6,000 crore ($900 mn) textile package was announced in June 2016, Minsters expected ten million new jobs over the following three years to be created as a result.
“Between one-third and three-quarters of Leicester’s textiles factories are exploiting workers” claimed prominent Labour MP Harriet Harman while visiting Leicester garment factories on March 1
The US dockworkers’ International Longshoremen’s Association tried on February 27 to get its members to call off plans for protests claiming to support Donald Trump over “the growing concerns of ILA workers that their livelihoods are being threatened by increased government interference.”
Towards the end of February, more clarity began to emerge about the UK’s policy on migration from the EU after it leaves in spring 2019.
Speaking on Gildan’s 2016 earnings call on February 23, the company’s executive vice president Rhodri Harries said Gildan has, since acquiring American Apparel, begun “leveraging our manufacturing network, while at the same time working on a supply chain to also support Made in the USA product”.
A study by Euromonitor calculates that average wages in China are now higher than in every Latin American country except Chile. They are now five times higher than in India.
Lengthy queues at Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.
Foreign investment in Ethiopia declines in 2016. So Ethiopians recycle old textile investment stories
Foreign investment in Ethiopia looks likely to undershoot its target for 2016, after falling sharply in the second half of the year.