Blog: Strikes take limelight once again

Joe Ayling | 20 September 2010

A widespread garment strike in Cambodia last week showed that Bangladesh is not the only low-cost supplier facing worker unrest.

Two of Cambodia’s major garment unions, CCAWDU and NIFTUC, announced the strike last Monday (20 September), involving 75,000 workers demanding a minimum wage of US$93, from $61 currently.

It mirrors large-scale protests in Bangladesh last month, when an increase in the minimum wage for garment workers fell below expectations.

The Cambodia strikes lasted four days, ending on Thursday when Government officials agreed to hold talks with manufacturers.

In other news, Pakistan's depleted cotton industry was granted some respite last week, as the EU announced trade concessions worth around EUR300m (US$392m) over a year.

Brussels agreed to reduce duties on cotton yarn, cotton fabrics, denims, and cotton-based men’s garments to help the country cope with the devastation of recent floods.

In retail news, UK fashion brand French Connection struck a deal with the US subsidiary of Li & Fung last week to sell a range of clothing at US retail chain Sears.

The retailer is planning a strong advertising push for the collection, called UK Style by French Connection, which will launch at 500 Sears locations in the first quarter of next year.


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