Blog: Leonie BarrieMyanmar pay talks underway

Leonie Barrie | 26 January 2015

Talks aimed at setting a minimum wage for workers in Burma/Myanmar are now underway, after the original deadline of December was missed following calls for further research. Business associations, labour unions and the government are all involved in the discussions, just-style has been told, but it is unlikely that a wage will be agreed before April or May.

Meanwhile, the garment sector in the Philippines is expected to be a key beneficiary of the country's inclusion within the European Union's GSP+ scheme from 1 January, allowing the export of 6,274 additional items of all kinds to the EU at zero tariffs over the next 10 years.

Responsible management of the garment sector supply chain was the focus of a meeting in the European Union (EU). Its proposed “flagship initiative” on the issue would raise awareness, improve responsible management, help consumers better understand the manufacturing process, and improve communication of the work being done by the EU in this field.

Indeed, the shift towards supply chains that are totally integrated, visible and collaborative can help ease liquidity and capital risks – but is also indicative of wider issues facing the sector.

And as UK supermarket retailer George at Asda journeys to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme, Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.

Ten days into her new role as American Apparel CEO, industry veteran Paula Schneider sounded a confident note as she told investors and analysts that she is ready to build on the business’s solid foundations.

But US-based fashion brands with a global business could face an increasing headwind from a strong dollar, an analyst has warned.

German sportswear giant Adidas has signed a deal to sell its Rockport business for US$280m to a new company formed by footwear rival New Balance and private equity firm Berkshire Partners.

And PVH-owned Tommy Hilfiger is launching a new digital sales platform, which it claims will also reduce sample production.

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