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Articles by Poorna Rodrigo
Trade unions and employers in Cambodia's garment sector are denouncing the government's new US$128 minimum monthly wage for the clothing textile and footwear industry.
A Cambodia government-appointed Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) may decide on a new minimum monthly wage for garment sector workers when it meets next week, just-style has been told.
Euratex, the Brussels-based European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has hailed the completion of negotiations for a European Union - Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) - but says it regrets that origin rules have been weakened for 15 clothing products under the deal.
Armenia is trying to increase its share of the garment and textile market locally and internationally, with the Russian government trying to help with a US$1m grant.
Apparel manufacturing is the third-largest reshored sector of all industries in the US, after electronics and computers, just-style has been told.
Cotton of the Carolinas (CotC) - a collaboration of US farmers and manufacturers dedicated to growing, making and selling custom printed T-shirts in North Carolina and South Carolina - is benefiting from demand for locally produced product, its co-founder has told just-style.
Mass worker faintings in Cambodia's garment factories have soared despite preventive measures, with 896 workers fainting at work in the first half of this year alone - including three deaths - officials have revealed.
A fresh wave of trade union action has hit Cambodia's garment industry, with as many as "25 separate strike actions having taken place within matter of 22 days in August alone", a union has said.
Asia - the world's textile and clothing workshop - is at the heart of many of the industry's sustainability initiatives. The reason is that brands simply cannot afford not to care: their reputation can be seriously damaged if a supplier is responsible for a pollution spill or industrial accident.
Conflicting reports are emerging of the support given to a five-day stay-at-home protest by Cambodia's garment workers trying to put pressure on their bosses to increase wages.
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